Jean Ketcham: An octogenarian living dangerously


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At the age of eighty-one, Jean Ketcham is looking forward to sky diving again, when the pandemic is over. The co-founder of Aging But Dangerous, an international women's movement promoting active, healthy aging, is on a mission to empower women over fifty to live their lives to the full. When Jean retired, she and her friend, C. Suzanne Bates, realized that their social circles were shrinking and that their friends were becoming less adventurous. Convinced that life still had much to offer, the pair set up the group to encourage women to live dangerously, as they age. In this LLAMA podcast interview, with Peter Bowes, Minneapolis-based Jean discusses her zest for life, optimism and aspirations for the next two decades.

Recorded: February 2, 2021 | Read a transcript and show notes at the LLAMA podcast website.

Topics covered in this interview include:

  • Challenging the "trauma" experienced by women turning 50
  • What's wrong with the word 'aging?'
  • Cataract surgery at 80
  • Setting up Aging But Dangerous
  • Inspiration from Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin
  • Martini Jump Skydives, fashion shows and colonoscopy prep parties for women over 50
  • Inner strength, positivity and surviving cancer
  • Finding the silver lining in the face of negativity
  • Embracing social media, hosting Facebook lives for a multi generational audience
  • Jean's advice to her younger self about weight and self-esteem
  • Having fun full-filling a mission to connect with and help women
  • An octogenarian's bucket list and aspirations

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