Rejuvenaging with Dr. Ron Kaiser


Giving a New Meaning and Purpose to Resilience with Kristin MacDermott

Ep. 94

Although resilience is a word we hear a lot, most people have an incomplete definition of it; they associate it with perseverance and having the strength and the endurance to go through anything. To Kristin MacDermott, resilience is a bit more than that; it is also about using difficulties to learn about ourselves, grow, and come to the other side feeling stronger, happier, and a better version of ourselves.

Kristin MacDermott is a Resilience Expert, Family & Business Therapist, and Counselor. She is also the Founder and President at The MacDermott Method, Inc, and specializes in conflict resolution that builds resilience. Kristin holds a B.A. in History from Duke University and a Masters' Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. She is the author of "It Takes Two Minutes," an influential book designed to help people change their mindset, feel stronger and happier. 

In this episode, we had an inspiring conversation about resilience, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and inner wisdom. Kristin kindly shared some details of how her principles helped her raise her own children and the results she got. We also discuss the importance of having conversations with our kids, the relevance and proper use of conversation starters, and why parents need to be honest about their feelings with their children.

Tune in to Episode 94 of Rejuvenaging, and enjoy Kristin's versatility and passion for making our planet and the people living in it better. 

Some Questions I Ask:

  • We talk about it all the time, but what is resilience? (3:52)
  • What makes people resilient? (6:22)
  • What does resilience look like with a cancer patient? How do you know you're achieving? How's that measurable? (14:18)
  • What specific things do you emphasize relative to parents who have gone through a divorce and are raising kids? (21:21)

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • A bit of Kristin's background and how she started her journey and passion for helping others (5:05)
  • The role of self-awareness in any recovering or healing process (7:47)
  • The different kinds of conversations around needs and strengths (13:18)
  • The importance of meaning and purpose for cancer patients' recovery (16:04)
  • Teaching our kids to trust their inner wisdom (21:34)


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Ep. 104
Although almost all of us have already heard of cybersecurity, the reality is that we know little about it. Most people associate it with software or countermeasures like antiviruses, when in fact, cybersecurity is about planning, risk management, secure code writing, and a whole bunch of different things done by people, not software.As the world leans into the digital space to deal with every aspect of human life, it creates a fertile ground for crime. To make matters worse, targeting individuals is easier, cheaper, and more profitable for cybercriminals than attacking big corporations. To talk about all this, and to clear other hundreds of doubts, is Amir Tarighat, our today's guest.Amir Tarighat is the Founder and CEO of Achilleon and Host of the Achilleon Live podcast. He has a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University and an Advanced Computer Security Certificate from Stanford University.In this episode, Amir clears all our doubts about cybersecurity and cyber danger. He demystifies many other misconceived beliefs about antiviruses, cell phone security, and virtually all types of cybercrimes. We talk about what it means when a company that holds our data has a breach and how that could affect us. Amir also spoke about the right way to dispose of our cell phones, what we should do when we change our number, and much more.Tune in to Episode 104 of Rejuvenaging, and have a deeper, more comprehensive look at what cybersecurity is really about and what we can do to be safe.Some Questions I Ask:Tell us what do we actually mean by the term cybersecurity? (3:38)Can you tell us a bit about cell phone security? (7:47)What can I do to feel relatively secure with my personal and professional data? (16:03)Is there a specific type of warnings that you give to older folks who are specifically vulnerable to cyber-attacks? (22:45)In This Episode, You Will Learn:The origins of cybersecurity (5:09)The real danger with cell phones (8:33)What happens when a company that holds our information is breached (12:12)What is an antivirus, how it works, and why antiviruses are not always the best choice (19:15)Resources:Achilleion websiteAchilleion Live podcastConnect with Amir:LinkedInTwitterUseful Rejuvenaging Resources:Website: Dr. Ron Kaiser -Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: ron.kaiser@thementalhealthgym.comTEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place

A Tactical Approach To Fitness and Wellness with Dr. Mike Simpson

Ep. 103
The type of fitness and wellness goals we can aspire to rely mainly on an element frequently overlooked: age. In our 20s, we can wing things, decide out of the blue to start training for a triathlon, and we will most likely get away with it. But after a certain age, we need a plan; we must let the wisdom of age set the pace. For people over forty, physical and mental wellness is about longevity, and that race, as Dr. Mike Simpson states, is a marathon, not a sprint.Joining me today is the admirable Dr. Mike Simpson. Mike served over 3 decades in the military, where he was deployed to 17 different countries, participating in counter-narcotics operations in the jungles of South America, to the Global War on Terror (GWOT) in Southwest Asia and North Africa. He is a Tactical Physician at San Angelo Police Department, Investigator at Karga Seven Pictures, Medical Director at PerSys Medical, Author, Podcast Host, and former Airborne Ranger and Special Forces Operator.In this episode, Mike offers his unique perspective on fitness and wellness. We explore why most injuries occur after a certain age, the concept of being a warrior athlete, and the conflict between fitness goals and the instant gratification culture. Mike also debunks two of the most heard excuses about why we can't stay fit - lack of time or lack of money. In addition, we go through Mike's decision of pivoting into medicine, and he explains why he decided to become a deployed overseas physician.Tune in to Episode 103 of Rejuvenaging, and get into the right mindset to start taking care of your future self's health today.Some Questions I Ask:Can you tell us a bit of your journey to get to be who you are today? (4:17)From a practical standpoint, a warrior athlete is someone different than the rest of us? (5:56)If somebody wants to be a warrior athlete, what's the commitment that's required? And what's that going to mean in terms of lifestyle? (13:34)What things should you be doing to reduce the odds of dealing with injuries? (18:36)In This Episode, You Will Learn:About Dr. Mike's journey from military to a physician (4:28)What it means to be a warrior athlete (6:44)The two biggest excuses people make for not being fit (10:46)Dr. Mike's path into medicine (16:13)How parents can inspire and instill a healthy lifestyle in their children (23:55)Resources:Dr. Mike Simpson websiteGrey Beard Performance websiteGrey Beard Performance InstagramBook: Mike Simpson - Honed: Finding Your Edge as a Man Over 40Mind of The Warrior podcastConnect with Dr. Mike:LinkedInInstagramUseful Rejuvenaging Resources:Website: Dr. Ron Kaiser -Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: ron.kaiser@thementalhealthgym.comTEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place