BOOK JAN NOW as your speaker for any of the following inspirational messages!
(Fees vary according to size of the audience, location, and distance traveled.)
“Making the BEST of your life for the REST of your life!”
“Finding Love after Fifty is Easier than You Think!”
“Preparing for a Fabulous Retirement”
Contact Jan here to schedule her for your next meeting or conference
Jan Fowler will be speaking at Senior Expo in Pomona
Jan Fowler of Redlands will speak “Dating and Relationships After 50” at the 2014 Golden Future Baby Boomer & Senior Expo Saturday at Pomona Fairplex. Admission is free and open to the public.
Fowler is the radio talk show host of “Senior Living at its Best with Jan Fowler” on KSPA AM 1510 (Bloomberg Radio), broadcasting to 7 million people throughout the Inland Empire and Orange County 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturdays.
She is an award-winning columnist on senior living. Her columns appear regularly in the Not Born Yesterday! senior newspaper. She is also the author of the prize-winning book “Hot Chocolate for Seniors” and a recipient of Southern California Motion Picture Council’s Golden Halo Award for Outstanding Literary Achievement.
TV Show – Excerpts
Show #1 – “Shall We Dance?” (Ballroom Dancing for Seniors)
Think of the times you’ve wished it could be you waltzing and swaying across that dance floor! Learn about the joys and benefits of ballroom dancing from dance instructor Reuben Aguilar and wife Rita. Music is always a mood elevator, and mastery of dance steps requires focus, concentration, and memory—all the things we seniors need to work on. Besides which…
Show #2 – “Volunteer Working Vacations”
Carrie Garrett and Peggy Burnett describe intriguing programs which allow you to become immersed in a culture while, at the same time, make a contribution of a service, talent, or skill. Learn about Global Volunteers’ humanitarian programs (teaching, building, caring for the sick, etc.) and Earthwatch’s environmentally and science-based programs (tracking butterflies, counting polar bears, etc.). Determine what interests you most, then select the…
Show #3 – “The Red Hat Society”
Hang on to your hat, folks, especially if it’s red! Red no longer means stop, you know, but is the razz-ma-tazz color which has been redefined to mean go-go-go. This segment describes one way to have fun after fifty. So just in case you’re wondering about those high-spirited older women dressed in purple outfits and red hats seen sipping tea or laughing…
Show #4 – “Silver Sneakers & Silver Splash Exercise Programs”
As seniors, we not only want to keep our minds clear and memories sharp, but our bodies physically fit, as well. So meet Konni Wallach and Pam Sanchez, certified instructors for the popular YMCA “Silver Sneakers & Silver Splash” gym and water exercise programs. Learn the fun and easy way to improve body toning, range of motion, stretching and flexibility geared for older adults.
Show #5 – “Benefits of Tai Chi for Seniors”
Chi is life energy that affects mind and body. Tai Chi is the age-old meditative art of slow graceful movements which improve balance, agility, and stress-reduction. Master instructors Dr. Cicy Lai and Gary Majinski describe the many healthful benefits of Tai Chi for seniors and demonstrate slow controlled simple movements to lessen risk for falls, lower blood pressure, and improve circulation.
Show #6 – “Hoaxes, Frauds, Identity Theft & Scams that Target (#2) Seniors”
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America and we seniors need to know how to protect ourselves! Not just from thugs in dark alleys but from unscrupulous thieves who steal our identities and perpetrate frauds, hoaxes, and scams. Meet Detective Frank Alvarez of the San Bernardino, CA Police Department who gives valuable tips ways on how we can protect and defend ourselves…
Show #7 – “Macy’s Fashions for Seniors”
What fun to see the newest most exciting fashion trends for men and women over 55—after all, none of us wants to look dated! Learn firsthand what’s current and in vogue for seniors these days. Prints? Solids? Stripes? Here to give us the inside scoop is Macy’s Paula Anderson who provides delightful commentary on up-to-the-minute styles worn by models Shirley Lamb and David Weir…
Show #8 – “Reverse Mortgages for Seniors”
Learn why reverse mortgages have become such a popular trend with the senior population. Get clear answers to FAQs about how reverse mortgages work and which option suits you best. Stanley Russell, reverse mortgage loan consultant, and Rose Rosendo, a reverse mortgage client, share valuable information about the benefits and potential uses of funds accessed from the equity which you already have in your home.
Show #9 – “Seniors on Stage”
We senior citizens are supposed to be keeping ourselves mentally challenged, right? Well then, what better way to do so than by memorizing lines in a script? Colleen Sayle and Bob Harvey discuss the joys of “life upon the wicked stage” as they share their experiences and involvement with community theater, including assisting with set-construction, costumes, props, tech, ushering, working box office or concessions, and prompting.
Show #10 – “Geriatric Care Management”
Are you worried about an aging parent who lives alone, is unsafe for remembering to take their meds, and is at risk for falling? Hear Carolyn Michaelis, owner of Parent Care Management, and businesswoman Dorothea Dinsmore, who found Michaelis’ service to be the perfect solution to her worrisome problem. Learn about an in-home care service consisting of nurses, social workers, and caregivers who assist mature adults.
Show #11 – “Senior Olympians”
Meet two inspiring senior medalists who work, train, and love to compete: Triathlete Marianne Heidecke (age 73) and Joe Fleischman (86), a former boxer who does middle-distance track and floor-exercise competition. Also joining us is Linda Wilson-Gomez, director of the annual Inland Empire Games in San Bernardino, CA . Our interview explores the mindset Olympians must have to succeed, including overcoming discouragement, and programming themselves for victory.
Show #12 – “Senior Companion Program”
Today’s program focuses more on the art of giving than receiving and describes a little-known national service, The Senior Companion Program, which enables goldenagers to live more comfortably and safely at home. Meet Betty Deal, program manager, and four senior companions—Jessie Munoz, Judy Mlsna, Juanita Kelly, and Ron Haliburton—who keep clients company, prepare meals, drive them to appointments, etc. Learn qualifying criteria for providing or receiving service.
Show #13 – “Health Insurance Counseling for Seniors”
Are you confused about which supplemental health insurance plan best suits your needs after retirement? Then you must hear health insurance counselor and senior advocate Ann Kasper, whose role is to help Medicare beneficiaries wade through those mounds of flyers which advertise HMOs, managed care options, prescription coverage, and long-term care. Ann provides clear, easy-to-understand answers to FAQs questions regarding open enrollment, plus questions clients should be asking themselves.
Show #14 – “Why Laughter is the Best Medicine”
It’s no laughing matter when we’ve had a bad day, are low in spirits, and just don’t feel like smiling. “But if we force ourselves to smile at others, others invariably smile back at us and then we feel better,” insists certified laughter leader guest Melody Fleming, adding, “Laughter has magical healing powers of its own and is known to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, and…
Show #15 – “Stroke Prevention”
Stroke is the third leading cause of death and we never know when we may be in the company of someone who needs help fast! Guests Van T. Chen, M.D., and Mary M. Hunt, R.N., explain how to recognize stroke symptoms, offer simple test questions to ask someone whom you suspect of having a stroke why it’s important to rush them to a hospital within the first three hours, and…
Show #16 – “Hairstyles for Seniors”
We all know that a change in hairstyle can make a big difference in our appearance–none of us wants to look dull or dated! Tune in to hear recommendations of Cheryl Evans, owner of Evans & Co. Hair Salon, plus reactions of Jill Becotte and Clem Lagrosa, two seniors who underwent hair-makeovers by Cheryl. As Cheryl explains, “Some of the biggest mistakes seniors often make with hairstyles are…
Show #17 – “Angel Food Ministries”
We’re all challenged by making our food budget stretch these days, especially if we’re seniors living on limited incomes. This enlightening segment focuses on a national nonprofit non-denominational discount food ministry dedicated to providing food at a 50% savings to tens of thousands of families across America. Reverend Don Wallace and Reverend Sandy Wallace explain how it works. For roughly half of what we pay at grocery stores…
Show #18 – “Seniors Making a Difference”
How inspiring to see seniors fulfilling their dreams during retirement—and it’s true that one voice can help change the world! Meet Jane Roberts, one of 1,000 women nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize for having the courage and determination to make a difference in the reproductive health and lives of women and girls in Kenya. Jane co-founded “34 Million Friends of the United Nations Population Fund” (UNFPA)…
Show #19 – “Adult School Classes for Seniors”
Staying young means staying open to new opportunities for learning. Joining us to list the benefits of Redlands Adult School program are John Massie, principal, art student Joseph Guzman, and ukelele students Ed Yu and Dr. Joan Revel. Adult School classes, offered at minimal fees throughout the country, typically range from art, painting, and memoir-writing to computer skills and job retraining in such fields as nursing, pharmacy technician, and…
Show #20 – “Travel Tips for Seniors”
Do you ever daydream—as I do—of “far-away places with strange-sounding names that are calling, calling me”? If so, you’ll love guest Ilene Cox, owner of Redlands Travel Service, and newspaper travel columnist whose topics range from the Mississippi to the Galapagos! Cox loves leading seniors on trips “Because they’re more adventuresome, more adaptable, and want to see the world!” Cox stresses valuable travel tips for passport safety…
Show #21 – “Couples Adjusting to Retirement”
We dream about retirement, but then when it finally arrives the transition may feel like a huge shock wave. Guest Bruce Fountain, a marriage and family therapist and columnist, explains why retirement often represents a huge loss of identity. His advice for achieving a balance between separateness and togetherness for married couples, while spicing up romance, intimacy, and a fresh spark and sparkle to the relationship, include…
Show #22 – “Surviving the First 72 hours of a Major Disaster”
I wish I could tell you otherwise, but there’s always the possibility that disaster could strike without warning. Seniors must be prepared to handle unexpected emergencies such as fires, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and mud slides. Guest Dennis Tsugawa demonstrates a “Grab and Go” emergency kit containing food, flashlight, whistle, windup radio, contact numbers, etc., and offers valuable lifesaving tips on how to survive three to five days by…
Show #23 –“Use It—Don’t Lose It!”
Meet Hospice doctor and Geriatrician Victoria Rains, M.D., a specialist in aging. “Frailty precedes the dying process,” says Rains. “I can tell by the way a senior walks whether or not they exercise. If they shuffle their feet and look at the ground, they’re more likely to die sooner. To prevent frailty, we must keep up physical and mental exercise, such as mastering new technology—all good for the brain!”
Show #24 – “Making a House Senior-Friendly & Preventing Falls”
We all know someone who’s had a serious fall. One fall makes you more vulnerable to future falls. So what can we do to prevent falls and stay safe in our homes? Mike Sherriff, whose master’s degree is in gerontology, recommends installing safety bars in showers, plus….Rita Ward, a rehab therapy exercise consultant, stresses the need to maintain strength, balance, and flexibility, and keeping your legs strong.
Show #25 – “Affordable Senior Housing”
Many seniors are having a tough time making their money stretch and meeting basic housing needs. So as Dr. Tony Theodoreau, president of AHEPA Housing, a corporation which offers subsidized housing (along with HUD) to seniors in low-income categories, explains, “We offer residents small apartments designed for independent living, recreational activities, a library, fitness room, good security, and opportunities for socialization—we all need to live with grace and dignity…”
Show #26 – “Wills, Trusts, & Probate”
Are you concerned because it’s time to write or update your will? And are you assuming—as I did—that just because you have a will you’ll automatically avoid probate? Attorney Kathleen Albrektson—whose specialty is estate planning—offers valuable advice regarding pitfalls seniors should guard against regarding their wills, benefits of avoiding probate, protection offered by trusts, and the qualifications someone should have before serving as your trustee.
Show #27 – “When It Comes to Your Obituary…”
“Write your own obituary and say exactly what you want said about yourself after you’re gone! Boast of things you’re most proud of.” That’s the advice of award-winning newspaper editor Nelda Stuck, who adds, “Death is important news. An obituary provides us a chance to honor a person’s entire life, plus it has genealogical value since it records names—and often locations—of surviving children and grandchildren for posterity.”
Show #28 – “Cataracts, Glaucoma & Macular Degeneration”
Preserving our eyesight is a major concern and yet we often take it for granted. Surgical ophthalmologist Kimber L. Schneider, M.D, gives us valuable information about the three major eye problems which he sees most often in the senior population: Cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Dr. Schneider recommends regular checkups, wearing UV sunglasses—especially at high altitudes—and protecting our eyes from the glare of sand, snow, and water.