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.

  • 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
  • ARE YOU READY FOR FLEXIBLE RETIREMENT?

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUMMy dad retired at age sixty-three and went from working fifty-plus hours a week to golfing five days a week and enjoying a life of leisure, not working at all. After a few years enjoying his golden years, he started to talk about maybe volunteering. Unfortunately, he died a year later and never got to explore this option. His retirement lasted only three years. In contrast, I retired from my full-time career four years ago and now work part-time teaching, coaching and writing, as well as having more time for leisure and volunteering. Times have changed. Whatever the reasons-financial, social engagement, identity, structure-the number of people who desire to work after traditional “retirement” is growing. Click here to read more.

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM – My dad retired at age sixty-three and went from working fifty-plus hours a week to golfing five days a week and enjoying a life of leisure, not working at all. After a few years enjoying his golden years, he started to talk about maybe volunteering. Unfortunately, he died ... more
  • HOPES AND REALITIES FOR 2016

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUMWhat are people’s dreams for retirement and how good are their chances of achieving those dreams? New research from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies answers those questions in its new report, “The Current State of Retirement: Pre-Retiree Expectations and Retiree Realities.” Comparing the hopes of 50+ workers with the realities of retirees, the report identifies how retirement is changing and looks at changes needed in public policy. Here is the report and my take on it: http://www.ageinista.com/blog-retirement-hopes-and-realities.php

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM – What are people’s dreams for retirement and how good are their chances of achieving those dreams? New research from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies answers those questions in its new report, “The Current State of Retirement: Pre-Retiree Expectations and Retiree Realities.” Comparing the hopes of 50+ workers ... more
  • LESSONS FROM A CHRISTMAS KNEE

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUMHusband Paul got a new knee for Christmas. No house guests or trips in the near future and a slower work time for Paul made Mid-December the best time to set aside a few months for surgery and recuperation.

    Before the surgery, we naively planned to enjoy his months of down time reading books and watching movies. After the surgery, we discovered that recovery and healing involved more than the rest and relaxation we had envisioned. We were amazed at how much time it took to do physical therapy, meet with caregivers and accomplish simple tasks like taking a shower.

    As we talked about family and friends’ experiences with health challenges, we realized this experience probably wouldn’t be the last time we took a journey like this. As a dress rehearsal for what we would most likely face as we grew older together, the new knee experience taught us some valuable lessons. Here they are: http://www.ageinista.com/blog-what-a-new-knee-taught-us-about-growing-older.php

    RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM – Husband Paul got a new knee for Christmas. No house guests or trips in the near future and a slower work time for Paul made Mid-December the best time to set aside a few months for surgery and recuperation. Before the surgery, we naively planned to enjoy his months ... more
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