DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM

DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM- AGEINISTA, LLCDebbie is a Board Certified Coach trained in life, career and retirement coaching and owner of Ageinista, which provides services and resources that promote a vibrant and productive second half of life. A Faculty Counselor Emeritus with more than thirty years of experience, she Debbie Photohas helped adults make positive life transitions, identify career pathways, and set and achieve goals.  She has been trained by and is affiliated with the Purpose Project, a joint project of the University of Minnesota, Center for Spirituality and Healing and Richard Leider of the Inventure Group.

She presents at national, state, and local levels addressing topics related to vibrant aging, living and working with purpose, creating a beautiful life, thriving in transition and cancer survivorship. She also conducts workshops and classes on topics such as retirement planning, living with purpose, using your strengths, and generations working together. She lives in Sarasota, FL.

  • CREATE YOUR OWN LONGEVITY VILLAGE

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUMYou can create your own longevity village without leaving home by making specific, research-based life-style choices that increase your odds of living longer, healthier lives. There are areas of the world where people live longer than average. In the book, The Blue Zones, author Dan Buettner identified five areas where people live statistically the longest. Using empirical data and first-hand observation, Buettner identified shared characteristics that contributed to longevity in these areas. To learn more about finding your fountain of youth click here.

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM – You can create your own longevity village without leaving home by making specific, research-based life-style choices that increase your odds of living longer, healthier lives. There are areas of the world where people live longer than average. In the book, The Blue Zones, author Dan Buettner identified five ... more
  • TALKING ABOUT ACHES AND PAINS-HELPFUL OR NOT?

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM“OK, girlfriends, no more talk of aches and pains for the remainder of this round”, said my dear friend to our group as we finished the first half of our golf game. Everyone agreed, and after a few reminders, we spent the next two hours talking about anything but health issues. That was the first time I became aware of how easy it is to spend an entire conversation talking about what ails us. Click here to learn more about our conversation about aches and pains.

     

     

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM – “OK, girlfriends, no more talk of aches and pains for the remainder of this round”, said my dear friend to our group as we finished the first half of our golf game. Everyone agreed, and after a few reminders, we spent the next two hours talking about anything ... more
  • GOOD ADVICE ANYTIME OF THE YEAR

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUMRetired, sold the family home the first day it was on the market, moved to Florida and rented a home, knowing only they wanted to live somewhere in southern Florida. So, goes one couple’s retirement experience. How well this goes is yet to be seen. Consider a different retirement scenario? A year or two or more before retiring, discuss retirement hopes and expectations-where to live, how to find meaning, what to do with all the new-found free time, and how to stay healthy and engaged. Learn about retirement planning-take a class, read a book or work with a retirement-planning professional. As the Boy Scouts say, “Be Prepared.” This post I prepared at the end of the 2016, still is full of great tips. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM – Retired, sold the family home the first day it was on the market, moved to Florida and rented a home, knowing only they wanted to live somewhere in southern Florida. So, goes one couple’s retirement experience. How well this goes is yet to be seen. Consider a different ... more
  • PRIMING FOR POSITIVE AGING

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM“Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you.” How many of us remember hearing that comforting advice when we were children? Well, it turns out our well-meaning mothers were not quite right about that. Not only can harmful words hurt, they can damage our happiness, well-being and success. But the flip side is positive words can improve our happiness, well-being, success and even how well we age. CLICK HERE TO SEE AND READ MORE.

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM – “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you.” How many of us remember hearing that comforting advice when we were children? Well, it turns out our well-meaning mothers were not quite right about that. Not only can harmful words hurt, they can damage ... more
  • CAN WE DISAGREE POLITICALLY AND STILL BE FRIENDS?

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUMNo doubt about it-this is an unusual political season and civil political discussions seem more challenging than ever. Living in the same town for thirty-plus years, I mostly spent time with friends who shared my political ideologies. Now settling in to a new home in a new state, I find that I have friends all over the political spectrum. I now have a much greater chance of engaging in political discussions with friends from “the other side.” Because I value their friendship and believe I can learn from discussions with people who don’t agree with me, I am trying hard to keep these conversations civil and preserve my friendships. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM – No doubt about it-this is an unusual political season and civil political discussions seem more challenging than ever. Living in the same town for thirty-plus years, I mostly spent time with friends who shared my political ideologies. Now settling in to a new home in a new state, ... more
  • TRAVELING WITH DEBBIE

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUMDebbie has been traveling in Europe and we thought we would share her travel blog with you. Retirement is a great time to fulfil your travel dreams. Debbie’s travel blog provides a fun insight into this dream. CLICK HERE TO READ DEBBIE’S TRAVEL BLOG.

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM – Debbie has been traveling in Europe and we thought we would share her travel blog with you. Retirement is a great time to fulfil your travel dreams. Debbie’s travel blog provides a fun insight into this dream. CLICK HERE TO READ DEBBIE’S TRAVEL BLOG. more
  • BOOK REVIEW: THE GOOD LIFE

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM“The encounter with these ideas will change your life.” Award-winning Harvard professor Michael Puett makes this promise to students in his popular class, “Classical Chinese Ethical and Political Theory.” Realizing that teachings from the third most popular class at Harvard could speak to a broader audience, Puett and co-author Christine Gross-Loh wrote The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life to share the ancient Chinese teachings that have so profoundly changed the lives of Puett’s students.

    The central theme of the book is that ancient Chinese philosophers “offer radical new perspectives on how to live a good life.” Click here to read a full review of this powerful book for improving your retirement life.

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM – “The encounter with these ideas will change your life.” Award-winning Harvard professor Michael Puett makes this promise to students in his popular class, “Classical Chinese Ethical and Political Theory.” Realizing that teachings from the third most popular class at Harvard could speak to a broader audience, Puett and ... more
  • IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUMFroid ou Chaud? A simple question from our Parisian waiter, and after six years of high school and college French, I knew those words meant “hot or cold”. But on the first night of my first trip to Paris many years ago, my mind went blank, and my ten-year-old daughter ended up with a cup of warm milk. We had a good laugh, and in spite of my unsuccessful communication attempt, I continued to use my limited French for the remainder of our trip. Odds are I made other less-obvious language mistakes, but the Parisians were kind and seemed to appreciate my efforts.

    Each time I return to my favorite city in the world, I try to improve my French language skills. As I plan my next trip to Paris, I am once again learning more French. My husband, who made no effort to learn French on previous trips, decided he will have more fun if he knows some French and is working on his basic language skills. Although we are at different levels, we are having fun practicing together. Are you too old to learn a new language? No, it is never too late. Click here to discover how to get more out of travel by learning a language.

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM – Froid ou Chaud? A simple question from our Parisian waiter, and after six years of high school and college French, I knew those words meant “hot or cold”. But on the first night of my first trip to Paris many years ago, my mind went blank, and my ... more
  • A GOOD BOOK ON “OLDERS”

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUMThe population is aging, we are living longer and healthier lives, and yet, ageism remains the last socially sanctioned bias. As Ashton Applewhite says in the introduction of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, “Racist and sexist comments no longer get a pass, but who even blinks when older people are described as worthless? Or incompetent, or ‘out of it’, or boring, or even repulsive?”

    Finding most terms used to describe older adults objectionable, Applewhite coins the term “olders” as a word she describes as “clear and value-neutral.” From the first chapter providing a historical context and exposing aging myths to the last chapter filled with strategies for moving beyond ageism, Applewhite empowers us with facts and perspectives that change our view of aging. Click here for a full book review and some questions for discussion.

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM – The population is aging, we are living longer and healthier lives, and yet, ageism remains the last socially sanctioned bias. As Ashton Applewhite says in the introduction of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, “Racist and sexist comments no longer get a pass, but who even blinks ... more
  • THE MOST IMPORTANT COMMUNICATION SKILL

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUMWhat is the most important skill you could improve to help you communicate better as you age? Maybe you would like to express your feelings more effectively to your family and friends. If you are like most people, you didn’t identify being a better listener.

    Years ago I taught a leadership program called “Adventures in Attitudes”. At the beginning of the program, participants completed an assessment of their greatest communication needs. By far, most people chose “Giving a speech.”. One option, however, was almost never chosen. “Being a better listener” was always at the bottom of communication skills participants wanted to improve. Communications experts put listening at the top of the list of important communication skills. The best way to improve communication is to improve listening. Here’s more on this critical skill and five ways to improve your listening skills.

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM – What is the most important skill you could improve to help you communicate better as you age? Maybe you would like to express your feelings more effectively to your family and friends. If you are like most people, you didn’t identify being a better listener. Years ago I taught ... more
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