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Gracefully Greying - Seuss for Seniors
September 14, 2018

Seuss for Seniors

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This Dr. Seuss parody (author unknown) tells it like it really is!

The Golden Years have come at last
I cannot see
I cannot pee
I cannot chew
I cannot screw
Oh, my God, what can I do?
My memory shrinks
My hearing stinks
No sense of smell
I look like hell
My mood is bad – – can you tell?
My body’s drooping
Have trouble pooping
The Golden Years have come at last
The Golden Years can kiss my ass

On “Gracefully Greying,” our goal is to explore and understand why the Golden Years should not kick our asses. Every week, I talk with experts about all the aspects of aging.

I cannot see: a discussion with an ophthalmologist
I cannot pee: we will have a urologist discuss this issue
I cannot chew: a dentist will offer advice
I cannot screw: sex after sixty will be a future topic
My memory shrinks: we’ll talk about memory loss and cognitive issues with experts
My hearing stinks: watch Episode 19 with two audiologists. Hearing aids are a critical tool.
No sense of smell: another issue we will discuss with an expert in the field.
I look like hell: view Episode 1 with dermatologist, Dr. Wendy Sadoff on how to look younger.
My mood is bad – – can you tell? Loneliness, depression, and insecurity are topics we cover.
My body’s drooping: Plastic surgery, Botox and other issues. If we do not like how we look in the mirror we can do something about it!
Have trouble pooping: Diet, exercise and medical advice are answers.

We are an aging populace. Baby Boomers are the largest demographics in the United States. My goal on “Gracefully Greying” is to help the Golden Years be a time of growth and richness, and not a kick in the ass. Join me, and my guests, as we show how we can all age gracefully.

These are my thoughts, please share yours with me.  Go to Ask Henry at Lippittokeefe.com to send me input, ideas and comments.

Henry S. Gornbein


About the Author

Henry S. Gornbein - Host of Gracefully Greying on New Radio MediaHenry Gornbein is a partner with the full service law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC in Birmingham, Michigan. He is a specialist in all areas of family law and is a certified family law mediator.

Henry is the creator and host of the award-winning Cable Television series, “Practical Law” and creator and host of “Gracefully Greying,” a weekly video podcast on New Radio Media.

He is the author of the book, “Divorce Demystified, Everything You Need To Know Before You File For Divorce” and is currently co-writing with Jack Haynes, PhD, the book “Child Custody Demystified, The Ultimate Guide To The Custody Of Your Children.” He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on all aspects of family law as well as issues involving the impact of social media and what is legal in the digital world in divorce. He is a former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a former president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and winner of the Professionalism Award from the Oakland County Bar Association.


Gracefully Greying on New Radio MediaGracefully Greying on New Radio Media

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Gracefully Greying explores aging issues that are as inevitable as death and taxes.
If you are over 50 – or have parents over 50 – this show is for you!
We’ll help you navigate the many challenges of aging. Each show will focus on a single topic, such as, financial issues, legal issues, medical issues and psychological issues, with a guest who is an expert in that field.

Why You Need a Will
August 27, 2018

Why You Need a Will

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Aretha Franklin passed away this past week after a long struggle with cancer. She was 71 years of age and died without a will. She leaves behind four children and a substantial estate consisting of several homes, as well as an invaluable musical empire.

When Prince passed away suddenly, he had no will or estate plan and, over two years later, his heirs have not received one penny of his estate. Elvis had no will. What does all this mean? Aretha Franklin is a rare musical genius. Even though she is gone her music will live on. Elvis brings in more royalties from his music now than when he was still alive. This could happen to Aretha Franklin’s legacy as well.

If the rich and famous do not have a will or estate plan why should you and I?  In the first place, having a simple will and or a trust can, if properly done, avoid probate. Probate is a court that specializes in the handling of the estates of the decedents, as well as other functions.

If Aretha’s children agree on how things are to be handled then things should go smoothly. If not, then there will be problems. The purpose of a will is to make sure that when a person passes away, his or her wishes are followed.

Let me give you some examples:

  • If you want to give more to one child than another, you can through a will.
  • If you want to disinherit a child, you can through a will or trust agreement.
  • If you set up a trust that handles everything, you can avoid probate and stay completely out of court. Probate courts are public which means that everything can be scrutinized by the public. You or I can look at what Aretha Franklin’s estate consists of.
  • Privacy and making sure that your wishes are properly handled are good reasons for an estate plan. In addition, you can control your money long after you are gone through the appropriate trust documents.

Don’t be like Aretha, Elvis or Prince. Talk to an attorney at once and find out what you can do to have your wishes properly handled. You want to gracefully grey, but also want to make sure that everything is covered when the grim reaper arrives.

These are my thoughts, please share yours with me.  Go to Ask Henry at Lippittokeefe.com to send me input, ideas and comments.

Henry S. Gornbein


About the Author

Henry S. Gornbein - Host of Gracefully Greying on New Radio MediaHenry Gornbein is a partner with the full service law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC in Birmingham, Michigan. He is a specialist in all areas of family law and is a certified family law mediator.

Henry is the creator and host of the award-winning Cable Television series, “Practical Law” and creator and host of “Gracefully Greying,” a weekly video podcast on New Radio Media.

He is the author of the book, “Divorce Demystified, Everything You Need To Know Before You File For Divorce” and is currently co-writing with Jack Haynes, PhD, the book “Child Custody Demystified, The Ultimate Guide To The Custody Of Your Children.” He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on all aspects of family law as well as issues involving the impact of social media and what is legal in the digital world in divorce. He is a former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a former president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and winner of the Professionalism Award from the Oakland County Bar Association.


Gracefully Greying on New Radio MediaGracefully Greying on New Radio Media

Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Contact info@NewRadioMedia.com for details.

Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store

Gracefully Greying explores aging issues that are as inevitable as death and taxes.
If you are over 50 – or have parents over 50 – this show is for you!
We’ll help you navigate the many challenges of aging. Each show will focus on a single topic, such as, financial issues, legal issues, medical issues and psychological issues, with a guest who is an expert in that field.

Gracefully Greying on New Radio Media
August 29, 2018

Gracefully Greying – Your Guide to Aging

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Several months ago, I started thinking about the fact that the majority of our population are baby boomers who are aging. I thought about the fact that, as we age, we need help with many issues that we have never encountered before. The old saying that getting old is not for sissies is true.

As we age and start facing our mortality, there are a myriad of issues that we all face. We have more medical issues. Many seniors go from doctor to doctor. Financial issues become more important especially as we approach and enter our retirement years. Legal issues, such as estate plans and plans for possible guardianships can become critical. Think of the recent death of Aretha Franklin and the fact that she left no will or estate plan at all! What have previously been private matters will now be scrutinized by everyone.

While contemplating all these issues, I decided that I wanted to start a series of shows looking at what we face as we gracefully grey – or have aging parents. In May, after meeting with Paul Bensman at New Radio Media, I found the perfect platform for my new series, “Gracefully Greying.”

Each week, as the series progresses, I will be interviewing experts in many fields that impact upon us, as well as sharing human interest stories and case histories. I welcome comments and suggestions from you, our viewers, for future shows and guests. I will be sharing ideas with you on a regular basis and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with you, my audience!


About the Author

Henry S. Gornbein - Host of Gracefully Greying on New Radio MediaHenry Gornbein is a partner with the full service law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC in Birmingham, Michigan. He is a specialist in all areas of family law and is a certified family law mediator.

Henry is the creator and host of the award-winning Cable Television series, “Practical Law” and creator and host of “Gracefully Greying,” a weekly video podcast on New Radio Media.

He is the author of the book, “Divorce Demystified, Everything You Need To Know Before You File For Divorce” and is currently co-writing with Jack Haynes, PhD, the book “Child Custody Demystified, The Ultimate Guide To The Custody Of Your Children.” He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on all aspects of family law as well as issues involving the impact of social media and what is legal in the digital world in divorce. He is a former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a former president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and winner of the Professionalism Award from the Oakland County Bar Association.


Gracefully Greying on New Radio MediaGracefully Greying on New Radio Media

Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Contact info@NewRadioMedia.com for details.

Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store

Gracefully Greying explores aging issues that are as inevitable as death and taxes.
If you are over 50 – or have parents over 50 – this show is for you!
We’ll help you navigate the many challenges of aging. Each show will focus on a single topic, such as, financial issues, legal issues, medical issues and psychological issues, with a guest who is an expert in that field.