Don’t wait to get sick to get healthy. Your modern, holistic path to longevity
We share global approaches to holistic health and well-being for people over 50.
“Don’t wait to get sick to get healthy”
Maintaining a holistic, healthy lifestyle where we are connected to the earth and one another are ways we can increase our longevity and prevent illness. To me, living longer doesn’t have much meaning if I can’t live independently and with purpose. Most people wait until a health crisis before they make serious changes to their eating and lifestyle habits. At Modern Aging, we share ideas on how we can create better habits before we get sick or develop a chronic condition so that we can live healthier, longer, and with the quality of life we desire.
I scour the globe on my travels and talk with experts and practitioners about how we can reduce stress, invite more joy and fun, change our eating habits, move more and laugh every day.
On a wintery January afternoon in 2001, I was sitting next to my mother at the kitchen table. During our conversation, Mom suffered a debilitating stroke, one that left her with right side paresis. Mom had been a healthy, very active 65-year old restaurant owner who lived for family and others. She walked three miles every morning, worked late into the night, and squeezed a yoga class in whenever she could. But she also suffered from hypertension.
Mom was a completely independent woman who took care of everyone else. Now, she had to allow herself to be taken care of. Mom’s first words in the ICU were “pay mortgage.” At that moment, I realized how unprepared I was. My family had no idea what bills needed to be paid, or how she had paid them. We didn’t have access to her bank account or know if she had a will. What was a health care proxy and did Mom have one?
Fast forward, in 2009 Mom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and a few years later she would need round the clock care. And then in 2016, Dad who was a sculptor living in Vermont, was diagnosed with frontal temporal dementia. At 85, he could no longer live on his own.
Sadly, Mom passed away in October 2019 from a uterine tumor and Dad died suddenly in April 2020 from Covid-19.
These experiences made me realize now unprepared I was for life’s greatest challenges. How can I avoid the same fate? I knew I was not alone, and that there are millions of others who are entering their 50s, their midlife, who feel the same way. With all the challenges my family and I have gone through, Modern Aging could be a way for me to share our experiences and learnings as well as talk with others about alternative ways to live and be healthier.
On my travels around the world as a TV producer/director and documentary filmmaker, I began to ask questions about health and wellness especially for those of us in midlife. What practices in Japan are popular? How can India’s 5,000 year old holistic practice Ayurveda help heal many common ailments? Why are so many people looking to retire in Mexico?
This led to Modern Aging.
We all wish to live as healthy as possible for as long as possible. But our backgrounds, where we live, what we like to do and eat are all different. That means that we need to have different approaches to health. There is not one pathway to longevity. I have sought out top experts from all over the world to help guide us to creating a plan that works for us and our families. One that can become a part of our lives not just a fleeting trend as we enter the second half of life.
Join me as we redefine what it means to grow older with renewed purpose and passion for health and life.
Founder and CEO
What would you like to know about me?
In addition to being the Founder and CEO of Modern Aging, I am an integrative nutritional health coach. Though I am the host of the Modern Aging YouTube Channel, I have spent most of my career behind the camera as a producer and director of documentaries (Wings of Defeat, Broken Harmony: China’s Dissidents) and TV (HGTV – House Hunters International, Selling NY, Animal Planet, A&E).
After graduating from Bucknell University with a degree in East Asian Studies, I started working at the Bank of Tokyo. I then entered the world of higher education working at NYU as the Associate Director of the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute where I got my Masters in Film and Education. I then moved on to run a non-profit organization, Asian CineVision and the Asian American International Film Festival. It was during this time that my mother had her stroke. It was a huge wake up call for me and I knew if I wanted to become a full-time filmmaker, it was now or never. So, I chose now. I made several documentary films, lucky enough to travel and interview people from all over the world. The films screened at numerous film festivals and aired on television in over 18 countries.
Throughout this time, my family and I were caregivers for my mother. She developed Parkinsons in 2009 and it became increasingly difficult to care for her. I felt like I needed a PhD to navigate the healthcare system. This proved to be hugely challenging and I often traveled to Japan to look for solutions. I knew their senior population had been exploding in recent years, and they were implementing some innovative ways to address the epidemic. I was amazed by their holistic approach to care. Modern Aging was born from these experiences.
Through Modern Aging, I do deep dives and share my findings on alternative, global approaches to holistic health and wellness. Ayurveda, acupuncture, shiatsu or functional and integrative medicine; the benefits of strength training; the wonders of medicinal herbs to the power of laughter…I was able to take my family tragedy and turn it into a way to share information and hopefully create better health for those in midlife.
1. I was born in NYC and I am a Sagittarius (wassup fellow Sag brothers and sisters!)
2. I played the flute and was a cheerleader in high school.
3. I didn’t start to formally learn Japanese until I was 18.
4. I lived in Kyoto, Japan for 2 years.
5. My parents opened up the first Japanese restaurant on Long Island in 1975 (before it was cool to eat sushi and bring bentos for lunch – thanks Molly Ringwald and The Breakfast Club!).
6. I have traveled to over 40 countries and 80+ cities.
7. I helped cater Julia Robert’s 30th birthday party. (Yes, she is as sweet as you think).
8. I married my best friend/college roommate’s brother.
9. Friends and I rescued a dog and her pup from Panama on a House Hunters International TV shoot. The mama is mine (her name is Mimi and is often seen on my Instagram) and the pup was adopted by a friend.
10. My husband and I adopted our daughter from Colombia in 2017 when she was 15 years old.
I was the primary caregiver for my parents for 19 years. Through caring for them, I learned extensive home nursing and pharmaceutical skills. I am an avid chef being raised in a restaurant family. I enjoy incorporating whole foods and maximizing nutritional value in every meal. I am a licensed massage therapist having studied Swedish style and Shiatsu. I am a jack of many trades but really enjoy gardening, flower arranging, growing my own food, and spending time with my grandchildren.
1. I was born in Tokyo, Japan and was 4 years old when I immigrated to the U.S.
2. I have an incredible memory. My first memory is from when I was 2 years old.
3. I love to bake and cook in general.
4. I am a germ freak (thus why this Coronavirus pandemic has me cleaning like a mad woman!)
5. I have a weakness for really nice handbags.
6. I have 2 sons and 2 grandchildren.
7. I have lived on Long Island, NY since 1971.