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YEI and Mariette Snyman, award-winning journalist, have collaborated to bring you some interesting podcasts.  The purpose of the podcasts is to share with you, the highs and lows, the ups and downs and the challenges experienced in The South African World of Seniors.  The monthly podcasts are free.    Mariette Snyman will chat with an array of people, including experts in a variety of fields and areas, who wish to use their training and professional experience to inform, assist and inspire you.

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podcasts about ageing
Shifting conversations about ageing retirement, ageism and intergenerational programming
Worldwide, population dynamics are changing. Prof. Jaco Hoffman invites us to look at growing older with fresh eyes, challenging concepts like ageism and retirement. Citing scientific research findings, Jaco encourages a pro-ageing attitude, adaptive ageing, and beneficial initiatives such as intergenerational programming.
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The 4 portfolios of positive living and ageingEcopsychology: what nature can do for us and we for her
Growing older can impact every aspect of our lives. Counselling psychologist Dr Hannetjie van Zyl-Edeling discusses research findings and practical ways to optimise our physical, psychological, financial and social “portfolios” to ensure quality of life in our later years. She mentions the rectangularisation of ageing, our 6 crucial needs, being proactive, savouring life, and having fun!Clinical psychologist Jeffrey Rink’s love of psychotherapy, nature, traditional African culture, symbolism and meditation come together in his intimate wilderness retreats. Don’t miss his stories about the mopani trees, elephant dung and termitaria – they inform and delight! Jeffrey explains what Ecopsychology is, how a sense of humour features on Ecopsychology Africa retreats, and how meaningful personal transformation takes place.
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podcast about caregivingpodcast about loadshedding
Caregivers: prioritising yourself while caring for othersDiscovering your power in the dark: load shedding & other challenges
Individuals caring for a loved one or someone with a challenging condition often neglect their own well-being. This can result in exhaustion on top of experiencing fear, anxiety and even guilt. Caregiver advocate Meriam Boldewijn explains how a simple self-care system can help caregivers regain their balance and realise that they are “worthy of a wonderful life too.”South Africans are daily plunged into the dark by intermittent electricity supply – but have we been robbed of our inner energy? Rudi Swanepoel explains how we can channel our personal power in a solution-focused way, the benefits of harnessing group energy, and how parents can use their energy to empower their children - in particular the parents of teens and young adults.
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podcast on anxietypodcast about being an empath
Different types of anxiety: recognising them and finding reliefAre YOU an empath?
Experiencing anxiety is not a “choice”. One in four people has genetics for disorders such as generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Clinical psychologist Dr. Colinda Linde clarifies these conditions, their symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, including medication and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: a collaborative, research-based intervention.Do you feel others’ emotions in your body? Are you sometimes called “too sensitive”? Master transformation coach Liezl Thom explains how this gift can become a curse – but that awareness of what’s going on, realising that you can choose not to experience others’ feelings, and learning how to close yourself off when necessary will transform you into an empowered empath.
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how to slow down ageing
Did you know there are approximately seven million 60-plussers in South Africa?How to slow down ageing: Blue Zones and nutrigenomics
Discussing the potential and challenges of this demographic, social entrepreneur and YEI Editor, Marilyn Hallett, highlights a sensible approach to technical, financial, housing as well as physical and mental health difficulties. She encourages individuals to start a second career after retirement and points them to relevant information, senior citizen discounts, savings and benefits.What’s the secret behind the healthy centenarians of the Blue Zone areas? Functional medicine health coach Anita Hamilton-Williams discusses connectivity, natural movement, down-shifting, a diet rich in bio-actives, and other factors contributing to these individuals’ well-being. Her practical tips can help you incorporate some of these habits into your life.
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the lyno method
Understanding functional medicine and its benefitsThe Lyno Method: addressing chronic pain and injuries by releasing unresolved trauma
Functional medicine, an individualised approach that treats not by symptom but by cause, leads to more lasting results. Functional medicine health coach Anita Hamilton-Williams discusses its success regarding chronic conditions; its focus on genetics, biochemistry, nutrition, lifestyle and behaviour changes; and why genetics needn’t determine our disease profile. She mentions the tests she uses, case studies, and good news concerning ageing.Did you know that unresolved physical and emotional trauma can cause chronic pain and recurring injuries? Physiotherapist Benita Kropman explains how the Lyno® Method identifies and facilitates the release of fascia restrictions by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, restoring mobility to individuals including athletes, babies, and the elderly.
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Mariette Synman

Hi from Mariette

I was born curious. Perhaps you were too! Few things fascinate me more than the way we make sense of what happens to us – each in our very own way. Working as a journalist has given me the chance to talk to all kinds of people about life, particularly about overcoming seemingly unsurmountable obstacles. I’ve been at it for more than 20 years and still have more questions than answers.

Deep down, I believe that life is supposed to be good. Of course, often it’s not. I’ve experienced the good and the bad: relishing the joys of childhood, encountering the challenges facing any teenager, losing and grieving loved ones, getting married, riding the rollercoaster of parenthood, coming to terms with divorce, being tenderly cared for by friends and family, marvelling at my children navigating adulthood, losing my job, finding love. Through it all, I kept trying to figure out what could be done to experience less pain and more joy.

I’ve been really fortunate to encounter psychologists, mind-body practitioners, life coaches and other experts who could nudge me closer to my happy self, my surroundings and those around me. In countless ways they helped me heal. For this, I am more grateful than I can say.

This podcast series provides me with a new, terribly exciting opportunity of doing what I love: speaking to a knowledgeable person on a relevant topic and sharing what I’ve learnt with those who’d also like to learn more.




Seven million sixty-plussers:
How to slow down ageing: Blue Zones and nutrigenomics   — Mariette Snyman
Understanding Functional medicine
3 myths about ageing
Mind dynamix
Reconnect mind and body


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