188 I’ve Been Thinking About The New Year and WHAT Yak About Today Should Be – A SOLO SHOW

Thanks for joining us. I’m David yakir and you are listening to yak about today. And as always – I’ve been thinkin.

So, that’s what we’ll yak about today.

So my friends you must have noticed that at the beginning of the show I didn’t say i’ve been thinking about a particular topic or we had a guest interview.

Nope, I’ve just been thinking.

You see, every year or so – usually around New Years, I re-evaluate the show. try to find ways to improve the show. Get the feedback. Look at the shows that work – and those that don’t.

Also, I look at the emails and tweets that have recommendations.

And by the way, I enjoy the emails, tweets that are complimentary. The criticisms – well not so much – but they are teaching moments I guess.

and as you all know much of the communications that we in the media receive these days are over the top and extreme at times. The compliments can almost make you feel godly. And some of the criticisms are either borderline hate mail or somewhat threatening.

It used to be that the majority of the hate mail was gay related. That has been surpassed by some very strong opinions about politics.

But as most of you know, This show has been always dedicated to the wiser and more mature of us, covering topic that may be helpful as we age, From technology to health and nutrition – finances, employment opportunities – learning to be an entrepreneur or even how to improve your memory. And at times the arts.

And as you know and hear every week at the beginning of the show, we say if you are familiar with the years 46 to 64 than this is the place you want to be.

But that only works if we are covering the topics that are important to you or have conversations that you relate to.

I always ask this time of year for you to email me or tweet me with your suggestions for topics and conversations that you’re interested in. The more i receive the better the show is.

Sending in your thoughts and ideas allows me to book guests that would be of interest to you.

So, why not take a stab at writing me at yakabouttoday@gmail.com or tweet me at yakabouttoday. And tell me how i can make this show better for you.

So what do we have planned for this season.

Number one, later this season we will be using using a new platform called Spreaker which will allow us to broadcast live over several of the social media platforms.

In addition we are setting up a system where we can take live phone calls live on air.

In addition, when appropriate we will broadcast the show with video when we think the show will benefit more when you can see it. (and of course that will allow you to see my pretty face.)

Over the next few months, the team will be developing a new podcast tentatively titled Yak’s Tales.

A biographical podcast where everyone will get to tell the stories that made them who they are today.

We will tell you more as we develop the concept.

# Topics

Ok, since we don’t have any quests lined up for today, why don’t we rifle through our notes and see if we can find anything of interest for you.

And even though I didn’t schedule a question and answer session today. Something came across my desk yesterday that i thought was interesting enough to chat about.

A listener from Scotland, who is one of my favorite podcasters asked a question – well not so much a question as a statement.

He said – you should have more mental health professionals – some shrinks, therapists – psychiatrists on your show. Maybe you’ll get more insight into what’s going on with – as you say – the wiser and more mature of us.

Well – here’s my story that I’ll share with you.

# How Exercise May Help Keep Our Memory
January 16, 2019 04:00 AM
Irisin, a hormone that is released during exercise, may improve brain health and lessen the damage that occurs during Alzheimer’s disease.

The study, which was [published this month in Nature Medicine](https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-018-0275-4) , involved mice, but its findings could help to explain how, at a molecular level, exercise protects our brains and possibly preserves memory and thinking skills, even in people whose pasts are fading.
Considerable scientific evidence already demonstrates that [exercise remodels brains and affects thinking](https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/04/well/move/for-your-brains-sake-keep-moving.html?module=inline) . Researchers have shown in rats and mice that running ramps up the creation of new brain cells in the hippocampus, a portion of the brain devoted to memory formation and storage. Exercise also can [improve the health and function of the synapses between neurons there](https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/21/well/move/how-exercise-may-help-the-memory-grow-stronger.html?module=inline) , allowing brain cells to better communicate.


So now the overarching lesson of the study would seem to be that “If you can, go for a walk.




there was an article in the New York Times that i found interesting and thought I should share with you. Its the December 13 2018 issue and its entitled “Am I old” This more or less is an extension of exercise can help with memory.

There was a speech given by the philanthropist David Rubenstein that urged more senior people to accelerate” as they entered the next chapter of their lives.

He said Pick up the pace? Because he saw that So many of my contemporaries are stopping — if not stooping — to smell the roses.

When he was asked if he considers himself old, Mr. Rubenstein, now 69 said “69 seems like a teenager to me. At the same time, when he asked the same of a 68 year old poet, who was inbetween surgeries to help her mend after a fall, said point blank, I am an old lady.

What makes one more mature person identify as old when another doesn’t?

And what is “old” anyway.

So old” is changing, as life spans have grown longer. “Someone who is 60 years old today is considered middle-aged,”

So when does old begin?

Dr. Scherbov says that for Americans, it’s roughly 70 to 71 for men and 73 to 74 for women, though, as he has written, “your true age is not just the number of years you have lived.

“The main idea of the project,” “is that an old age threshold should not be fixed but depend on the characteristics of people.” Factors such as life expectancy, personal health, cognitive function and disability rates all play a role, he said, and today’s 65-year-old is more like a 55-year-old from 45 years ago.

Another comparison is that As with beauty, the meaning of “old” also depends on the person you ask. Millennials, now in their 20s and 30s, say that old starts at 59,

Gen Xers, now in their 40s — and no doubt with a new appreciation for just how close they are to entering their 50s — say 65 is the onset of old.

Boomers and the Greatest Generation pegged 73 as the beginning of old. Clearly, much depends on the perspective of who’s being asking to define “old.”

When asking several 50+ friends. There were Dozens of responses, But the most fun ones were their current age plus 4

And of course the most well know replies that are difficult to hear is when you are called ma’am instead of miss and when a man is referred to as sir.

As for me, My brain and the mirror are always in conflict. “Am I young or am I old.


Here’s a tech piece that caught even me by surprise and that is that some states are okaying digital license plates.

So far they are allowed in California, Arizona and Michigan.

digital license plates consist of displays covered in glass that are mounted onto a frame. They come with their own computer chips and wireless communication systems.

They are saying that Some of the benefits of using digital licenses versus old metal ones are the ability to display Amber alerts or stolen vehicle messages when needed, but they could also make it easier to digitally renew license plates over the years. But they are expensive and comes at a price, Currently, they cost $499 for a basic version, and $799 for a premium version that features a GPS navigation add-on.———

I’m so glad they are finally getting rid of that thing call Privacy.


I want to give you guys a three month update on my switch from cable tv to Youtube TV

I couldn’t be more happy. The benefits of moving to an internet based TV system are even more than i had previously thought.

A side note. I’m not speaking about Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime. I’m talking about a cable replacement.

Having said that, Let me tell you the benefits.

Youtube TV is an app that is downloaded to a roku device, or an apple tv.

First, you have to switch your thinking from the way cable tv works to more of a way netflix works.

Better picture quality – 1080p and 4k are better than that of cable tv – especially since 4k is not available with cable.

Most of the cable replacements allows you to run on multiple tv’s and devices without adding extra cost for every tv.

I love the interface for youtube tv which always seems to remember what i watch and when i watch it.

The recording of tv shows is slightly different and in my mind much better. On cable tv you pick you show to record and it records.

In youtube tv, you ad a plus sign to the shows you want to put in your library and next thing you know that programs is always in your library and will be there for a year – and also you have unlimited space.

In addition youtube tv seems to have all the sports stations including tennis – yay_ without the extra cost.

The cost of all of this is.

Xfiinity Cable blast internet is 59.00 plus 41 dollars – tax lncluded

That’s 100 dollars for three tv’s and all our computers, iPad, iPhones etc.

its a win win win.



186 I Always Wanted to be a Fireman – So I went to Melbourne Australia to find Brent Clayton to Show me How

Thanks for listening, I’m David yakir and you know I’ve been thinking about the time when I was young and wanted to be a fireman. It followed me one way or another throughout my life. Those stories later. But now I had a chance to speak to a real fireman albeit from Melbourne Australia and how he’s used his experience to coach others. Warning: For the USA audience, listen carefully – accent coming your way. So that’s what we’ll yak about today.

About The Career Project

At The Career Project, we believe that choosing a career or changing career is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. And we know from experience that you can’t figure it out by sitting at home researching careers online and trawling job search sites.

To make an informed career decision we believe you should get out of the house and experience it in the real world!  This means talking to industry insiders face-to-face so you can really begin to understand whether your career idea is aligned with your personality, strengths and values.  Industry insiders are also vital to providing you with accurate and timely information in regard to how easy or difficult it is to secure employment in that field, and what you can do to increase your opportunities.

The Career Project will help you identify an Industry Mentor in your area of interest who is willing to share their knowledge at an Informational Interview or Job Shadow Opportunity. Our mentors are committed to helping you make a better career decision by providing you with insights into the role, the industry and the work environment.  This is important information that simply cannot be obtained via online research or by attending University Open Days and Career Expos.

The experience with a mentor will validate and test your ideas to see whether your potential career choice is going to suit YOU. This will potentially save you unnecessary expenses such as study fees, business set-up costs and much more if you choose a career that isn’t the right fit.

185 Aches and Pain and Mind of Matter with Dr. Sean Pastuch

Welcome to The Active Life

Education, honesty, and integrity are cornerstones of our patient care approach. When you understand your condition you become an intricate piece in the puzzle to resolve it.

Unprecedented access to doctors – Hands on care – Measurable results – Systemized approach

Inspiring for Active People

The Active Life Chiropractic and Soft Tissue is comfortably located in Island Park, New York just a quarter mile north of Long Beach, New York and a mile South of Oceanside. It is very easily accessible from Rockville Centre and most towns on Long Island and Queens.

It is commonly understood that when you visit a chiropractor you can expect relief from conditions like lower back pain, back pain, and neck pain, but because we specialize in the treatment of sports injuries at The Active Life, we treat injuries related to knee pain, elbow pain, ankle pain and shoulder pain just as effectively every day. If you have pain caused by a spinal disc injury, muscle, ligament, tendon, or joint and you are not in need of surgery, The Active Life is the office for you. Our office blends the traditional treatment methods used by a chiropractor with those used in physical therapy at the highest level to treat sports injuries more effectively than any other office in the world. The best news, we are right here in Island Park, New York, just a quarter mile north of the Long Beach Bridge.

CrossFit Athletes especially enjoy working with us here at The Active Life. With the top CrossFit athletes in the world flying out regularly from all over the world for their evaluations, treatments, and continuing exercise protocols the CrossFit population has taken an especially deep interest in The Active Life. One of the reasons The Active Life has become so popular with CrossFitters (besides the quality of care) is that our office is directly attached to CrossFit Island Park (formerly CrossFit King of the Beach in Long Beach New York) which is a gym that has been recognized on the biggest stage in the CrossFit world at the CrossFit Games. Whether you are an athlete with a sports injury or an individual who just wants to have less pain doing the laundry or working in the garden, your treatment is likely to eventually land you in our gym to learn how you can best work to improve your strength and mobility wherever you currently work out.

We understand that when you are looking for a Chiropractor or Physical Therapy that our office is unique in our approach and might not be what you thought you were looking for. We also understand that if you are dealing with sports injuries, back pain, neck pain, lower back pain, knee pain, elbow pain, shoulder pain, or any musculoskeletal dysfunction, there is nowhere better in the world for you to go for care. If you live in Long Beach, Island Park, Oceanside, or Rockville Centre we are less than 15 minutes away. With patients flying in from all over the world for treatment at The Active Life, we strongly recommend you make the drive.

183 Happiness for All – Maura Sweeney tells us how to get there

The Maura Sweeney Story

Between 1974 and the present, my transformation from the inside out!

Over the years, I’ve come a long way. When I was a youth and a pre-teen, my grandmother called me “Waterworks” because I could cry at the drop of a hat. Growing up, I felt powerless, isolated, restricted and most of all groomed. In my case, the “grooming” was focused on all my outside accomplishments and attributes rather than from a nurturing of my true self.  We’ve all got some kind of outer expectations, parental training and other social messaging that can cause us to go astray from our true self by following what’s outside rather than waiting to bloom from our inner soul. 

If pictures could tell a thousand words, then the above series of photos should do just that. They demonstrate how, by choosing to live happy and authentically from my inner thoughts, intentions and choices, I’ve emerged as a brighter and more confident person. Most people remark that I looked lonely and bereft and heavy-laden (even without the suitcases!) in that first image above, yet I was only 15 years old! In the second image, I’m 23 and mid-way through law school studies. About a month later, I couldn’t get up from my own chair to drive myself to class. When I tried to speak, no audible words came out of my mouth. I was unable to express myself!

Many people reach their “Waterloo” moment, but this was mine.  Unable to continue in a future 40 year law career and an identity I never wanted, I exited law school and my family’s long held expectations to follow my own path. I needed to feel the light within me reignite and, while I had no idea as to what my next act would be or how I’d proceed forward, I set out on my own journey. 

You can read more about my life afterward in several of my blogs and books, but toward career purpose) to today.

181 Doc Glenn Livingston knows how to stop Binge Eating – Now listen and STOP IT!

Glenn Livingston, Ph.D. is a veteran psychologist and was the long time CEO of a multi-million dollar consulting firm which has serviced several Fortune 500 clients in the food industry. You may have seen his (or his company’s)  previous work, theories, and research in major periodicals like The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Sun Times, The Indiana Star Ledger, The NY Daily News, American Demographics, or any of the other major media outlets you see on this page.  You may also have heard him on ABC, WGN, and/or CBS radio, or UPN TV. 


Disillusioned by what traditional psychology had to offer overweight and/or food obsessed individuals, Dr. Livingston spent several decades researching the nature of bingeing and overeating via work with his own patients AND a self-funded research program with more than 40,000 participants.  Most important, however, was his own personal journey out of obesity and food prison to a normal, healthy weight and a much more lighthearted relationship with food.

181 Thom King takes us on a Keto Journey – Yak About Today Summer Series Continues

I woke up that morning in a suite at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. I felt terrible.
I was in town for a trade show and the night before a client had taken me to dinner. We ordered these massive, hundred-dollar steaks, drank several glasses of wine, and gorged ourselves on ice cream and desserts.

I’d brought the leftovers back to the room and they were still sitting on the counter. I glanced around the room. Although they had upgraded my room to a suite, the place was run down and sad. There was a Jacuzzi in the middle of the room and the place reeked of alcohol a previous guest had spilled.

I got out of bed and looked at myself in the full-length mirror. I was six-foot-two and I weighed 235 pounds I carried it well, but, not well enough. I felt sick. I was flabby and tired and filled with regret and remorse. I was going through my second divorce, I was in a lawsuit with my first wife, and my blood pressure was so high that my doctor had put me on medicine to control it. Vegas baby!

As I stood in front of the mirror, I asked myself, “How the hell did I get here?”

Part CEO, part personal development wonk, and part biohacker info geek, King is a self-confessed serial entrepreneur. While his favorite book list contains many success-oriented and personal-development classics, the classic definition of achieving success (e.g. make a lot of money) is not what inspires or motivates King. He follows more of a “you aren’t doing well unless you’re also doing some good” line of thinking. King’s company has been built around the simple principle of “do the right thing.”

Founded by King in 1999, Stevia Brands Inc. is one of the largest importers, manufacturers and distributors of clean-label sweetening systems and natural sweeteners. Emulating such renowned entrepreneurs such as the Wright Brothers and Steve Jobs, King started his company by first asking the critical question, “Why?” Based on the understanding that it’s only by determining the “why” of what you want to do that you can achieve lasting success, King’s business isn’t simply something he does for a living. It stands as a testament to who he is, what he does and how he lives his life.

King’s “why” is simple. A bit of a foodie and health nut, food has always been a passion for King — particularly high-quality food that makes the planet a healthier place and maintains a level of sustainability. He founded Steviva as a way to effectively help combat metabolic disease and the “diabesity” (his self-coined term) epidemic in this country by offering clean-label sweetening systems to replace sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup.


180 Yak About Today Fall Series with Dr. Stephen Lewis – Take your Vitamins for god sake.

Have you ever wondered how your nutrition and the nutritional supplements you take each day affect your overall health? Many doctors, nutritionists, and even fitness trainers recommend taking a multi-vitamin or nutrition supplement to their patients and clients because, in today’s society, most people aren’t getting the vitamins and nutrients they need in their normal daily diet.

Dr. Stephen Lewis talks  about the use of dietary supplements and how they affect your lab test results as well as your overall health and wellness. Dr. Lewis is a chiropractor with a long history of helping people achieve their maximum potential.

178 Shawn Anderson Walks Around the World to Inspire US! Yak About Today’s Summer Series

Shawn Anderson is a 7-time motivational author, international keynote speaker, and a results-producing people builder. His “go the extra mile” philosophy and ability to produce winning results have been praised by political leaders, Olympic Gold Medal and world record holders, and media outlets around the world. An entrepreneur since the age of 10 when he started a business selling worms to fishermen, Shawn has continued by building businesses and organizing events that make a difference in how people think.  
Shawn is the Founder of Extra Mile America and the creator of “Extra Mile Day” in the United States……a day recognizing the capacity we each have to create positive change in our families, our organizations, our communities and ourselves when we “go the extra mile.” On November 1, 2017, 527 cities made the unique declaration and recognized the superstar volunteer heroes in their communities.

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177 Yak About Today Summer Series September 3 2018 Get Your Memory Back with Brad Zupp Part Two

As we age, our short term memory goes. Brad, one the worlds great memory athlete has the answers. Why suffer the memory loss when a just a few excersizes a day will help you retain your memory. I usually record one version for Broadcast and let our conversations run on longer on the podcast version. but so many of you have written in that this time i decided to run the second half of our conversation for broadcast.



The Yak About Today broadcasts deliver on air and online conversations, interviews and stories engaging the Baby Boomer Generation and beyond with discussions, tips and information.

Hosted by an authentic conversationalist, intuitive listener and a boomer himself, David Yakir brings a genuine, down to earth and disarming personality that talks with his audience and his guests with out talking at them.

David shares #Engagement, #Education, #Enjoyment & #Empowerment on air and online for the #BabyBoomer Generation delivered with #humor, #wit and #thought.

Yak About Today is your GPS guide for #technology, #fitness, #automotive, #finance #entrepreneurship, #entrepreneurship & all things that mean anything to you. For more information, visit:





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176 Yak About Today Summer Series with Memory Athlete Brad Zupp (yes a memory athlete) – Part One of Two

I’m not sure I ever had a good memory. And now its certainly not as good as it was. Brad promises if we follow him, our memory could be better than it ever was. 

Brad Zupp is a man of many talents. After years of performing with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Brad developed successful careers as both a realtor and financial planner. But his real love developed along the way, as what began as an interesting experiment to improve his own memory turned into a passion and, ultimately, participation in the World Memory Championships.

A sample of Brad’s astonishing memory feats includes:

  • Memorizing a deck of playing cards in 85 seconds
  • Memorizing 117 names in 15 minutes
  • Memorizing 1,250 digits in 30 minutes

In our conversation below, Brad shares the secret memory habits he uses — so that you and your kids can use them, too!