Smart Sassy Seniors is a space to learn, connect and engage with others who are out to redefine what it means to age in today’s world.

We are rocking the second half of our lives.

We are drawing wisdom from our experiences; we are sharing that wisdom, setting intentions for our next great stages in life, and we are flourishing.

Smart Sassy Seniors is the brainchild of Jennifer Jefferies, a realistic naturopath and present day wise woman; and Jen’s wife Alice MacKinnon, a mind-body-breath-movement queen.

Podcast Episodes

69. Setting Up For Great Sleep

69. Setting Up For Great Sleep

Alice and Jen know the secret to waking up refreshed starts the night before, and they’re excited to share their routines that set them up for a great night’s sleep.

68. The Brain Body Contract

68. The Brain Body Contract

Alice and Jen were thrilled to attend neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Huberman’s “The Brain Body Contract” presentation. In this episode, they’re excited to share their insights and takeaways.

67. The secrets and benefits to dry skin brushing

67. The secrets and benefits to dry skin brushing

Alice has been using Jen’s dry brush. What is a dry brush?  A dry brush basically helps remove dead skin cells and unclogs pores – leaving skin feeling softer and smoother. It’s also used to help boost circulation and stimulate your lymphatic system. Join Alice and Jen as they talk all things skin brushing.

66. What is your love language

66. What is your love language

What’s your preferred way of giving and receiving love? In this episode, Jen and Alice dive into the topic of love languages, discussing not only romantic relationships but also the dynamics of friendships. They explore how understanding and communicating in the way someone else needs can profoundly impact all kinds of relationships.

65. Do you get your 30 a week?

65. Do you get your 30 a week?

If you’re dealing with bloating, gas, or any digestive discomfort, this podcast episode has got you covered! Join Jen and Alice as they dive into the importance of embracing ‘your 30’ – incorporating a diverse range of whole foods into your diet to nourish your microbiome. The microbiome consists of beneficial bacteria residing in your large intestine, playing a crucial role in your overall gut health. In this episode, Jen and Alice are going to talk about getting your 30 and why we need to do it.

64. How to regain hope with stubborn optimism

64. How to regain hope with stubborn optimism

Alice shares her story about how she found herself on a path where she had lost hope, and how through her practices she regained her hope and instilled practices to keep her stubbornly optimistic.

63. Grounding versus Focus with ADHD

63. Grounding versus Focus with ADHD

Alice recently had someone ask her how grounding techniques work for someone with ADHD. In this episode, Alice and Jen explore how Jen, as a person with ADHD, has developed and refined her personal grounding practices.

62. She puts needles where to help fix your pelvic floor prolapse

62. She puts needles where to help fix your pelvic floor prolapse

Jen is working with Fanny Physio Dr Sarah Mattin to help treat her prolapse. In this episode, Dr Sarah Mattin gets real with all of the treatments including acupuncture directly to the pelvic floor to help Jen’s prolapse. This very educational conversation shows the ways Jen is improving her prolapse.

61. How working too hard influences pelvic floor prolapse

61. How working too hard influences pelvic floor prolapse

In this episode, Jen talks to Dr of Traditional Chinese Medicine Maz Roginski, about how working too hard and burning the candle at both ends can lead to ailments like Pelvic Floor Prolapse. Dr Maz shares some ways to help prevent and treat Pelvic Floor Prolapse.

60. Part 2 I gotta go, I went! Dealing with urge incontinence and pelvic floor

60. Part 2 I gotta go, I went! Dealing with urge incontinence and pelvic floor

Have you found yourself suddenly needing to go to the toilet, but before you get there, you’ve had a mishap? This is known as Urge Incontinence, which involves the sudden urge to empty and results in involuntary leakage of urine. In this episode, Jen chats with Fanny Physio Dr Sarah Mattin about urge incontinence and what you can do to help reduce or stop this.

59. Part 1 Why We Wee When We Sneeze – Pelvic Floor Prolapse

59. Part 1 Why We Wee When We Sneeze – Pelvic Floor Prolapse

Many women have been suffering in silence for years and thinking it was normal. If you are finding that when you sneeze, other things are happening, then tune into this episode as Jen speaks to Fanny Physio Dr Sarah Mattin about Pelvic Floor Prolapse.

58. Paul McCartney is a true ambassador for aging brilliantly

58. Paul McCartney is a true ambassador for aging brilliantly

Alice and Jen reflect on attending Paul McCartney’s electrifying
Queensland concert at age 81. In this episode, Alice and Jen talk about how vibrant his performance was and discuss how he is a true ambassador for aging with grace and energy.

57. Our favourite acupressure technique for dealing with stress

57. Our favourite acupressure technique for dealing with stress

Have you heard of Clinical Tapping? Alice has been busy studying Clinical Tapping. In this episode, Alice and Jen explore the practice of Clinical Tapping, a therapeutic technique involving rhythmic tapping on certain body points. They discuss the fundamentals of this method and its therapeutic effects. And, they reveal their top acupressure strategies for managing stress.

56. The Obstacles Is The Way

56. The Obstacles Is The Way

‘The Obstacle Is The Way’ is a famous quote by Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. What does this mean? In this episode, Alice and Jen explore the idea that confronting barriers not only propels us forward but also shapes our path.

55. The Hero’s Journey Brings Freedom

55. The Hero’s Journey Brings Freedom

The Hero’s Journey involves a hero who goes on an adventure, learns a lesson, and wins a victory with their newfound knowledge before turning home transformed. In this episode, Jen and Alice discuss the ‘Hero’s Journey’ and the role it plays in finding freedom.

53. Helping With Anxiety Naturally

53. Helping With Anxiety Naturally

Over the last couple of years, we have seen an increase in people facing anxiety. In this episode, Jen and Alice discuss anxiety and techniques you can use to manage it naturally.

52. Dancing with ADHD

52. Dancing with ADHD

Numerous women are receiving ADHD diagnoses later in life, illuminating previously unexplained aspects of their experiences. In this episode, Jen and Alice discuss Jen’s life with ADHD and explore how Alice navigates through life alongside someone with ADHD.

50. Only 20% of longevity is hereditary

50. Only 20% of longevity is hereditary

Only 20% of our longevity is hereditary, emphasizing that a staggering 80% depends on our lifestyle choices. In this episode, Jen and Alice discuss how the power and control we have over these choices, significantly shape our long-term health.

49. Hindsight is useless.

49. Hindsight is useless.

Hindsight is great but useless. In this episode, Alice and Jen talk about how you process situations when they didn’t go as you wished and when you reflect you really did the best you could at that time with what you had.

48. Sugar is not always our enemy

48. Sugar is not always our enemy

Jen and Alice both had experiences where sugar was their vice and let’s not get started on Jen and her condensed milk addictions! In this episode, Alice and Jen discuss how they live a balanced life around sugar and their cravings.

47. Owning Our Wisdom

47. Owning Our Wisdom

One day an army of grey-haired women may quietly take over the earth. In this episode, Alice and Jen discuss what this quote by Gloria Steinem means to them and their transition through life.

46. Taking Responsibility For Your Own Stuff

46. Taking Responsibility For Your Own Stuff

We face many times in our lives when someone’s actions can trigger our emotions. In this episode, Alice and Jen explore Emotional Self Regulation which refers to a person’s ability to manage their emotions and impulses.

45. Lessons and gifts from our relationship

45. Lessons and gifts from our relationship

Jen and Alice are about to celebrate their first wedding anniversary and like all relationships, there is the being, being who you individually are and what you learn from each other. In this episode, Jen and Alice share the lessons and gifts from their relationship.

44. How committed are you?

44. How committed are you?

Are you truly committed to achieving your goals? Commitment at different levels leads to achieving results at different levels. Join Jen and Alice in this episode as they discuss the significance of commitment and how it influences them to attain their goals.

43. How to leave work at work

43. How to leave work at work

With the rising levels of anxiety, depression, and mental health issues due to the difficulty of switching off from work. In this episode, Jen and Alice discuss the importance of leaving work at work, particularly in the context of the hybrid workspace where many people work from home.

42. How we live a life of happiness

42. How we live a life of happiness

Happiness. Everyone says they want it, but they don’t make conscious efforts to work at creating it. In this episode, Jen & Alice share their key factors to making a happy life and the importance of continuing to work at it.

41. Our Deepest Fear

41. Our Deepest Fear

Our Deepest Fear is a poem written by Marianne Williamson. In this episode, Alice and Jen talk about the significance of this poem in their lives.

40. What you practice you become

40. What you practice you become

Dr Alice MacKinnon is a Stillness Ninja and Mindfulness expert. In this episode, Jen and Alice talk about Alice’s journey in mindfulness, what mindfulness practices are and how you can incorporate them into your life.

39. Gritty Mindfulness for Everyday Life

39. Gritty Mindfulness for Everyday Life

Dr Alice MacKinnon is a Stillness Ninja and Mindfulness expert. In this episode, Jen and Alice talk about Alice’s journey in mindfulness, what mindfulness practices are and how you can incorporate them into your life.

38. You deserve 1 percent to play

38. You deserve 1 percent to play

You deserve 1 per cent to play. People have forgotten how to play. In this episode, Jen and Alice break down the importance of play in our physical and mental health.

37. What is your BS?

37. What is your BS?

Everyone has BS around their BS (big stretch). In today’s episode, Alice and Jen talk about how they move through their BS about their BS!

36. Let’s talk all things poo!

36. Let’s talk all things poo!

What are you core basics for vitality? In this episode, Jen and Alice discuss their core basics are to enable them to live a life from prevention.

35. Core Basics For Vitality

35. Core Basics For Vitality

What are you core basics for vitality? In this episode, Jen and Alice discuss their core basics are to enable them to live a life from prevention.

34. Don’t turn down your light for anyone

34. Don’t turn down your light for anyone

Shine your brightest self. In this episode, Alice and Jen talk about Jen’s journey in owning her shiny unicorn, sparkling, rainbow loving self, and how being authentic and who you truly are is what makes you shine brightly. Never allow anyone to take that away from you.

33. Lessons from the water

33. Lessons from the water

Both Jen and Alice are surfers with many years of experience. Their thousands of hours in the water have yielded many learnings about their surfing skills and how to live richer and more meaningful lives on land. In this episode, they share some of these learnings.

32. Choose Love

32. Choose Love

There’s a Native American Indian story about two wolves that live within us – one is fear and one is love. The one that thrives within us is the one we feed. In this week’s episode Jen and Alice chat about love and fear and how to nourish love in all levels of our lives. They also address how to live lightly with fear.

30. Where The Juice Things In Life Live

30. Where The Juice Things In Life Live

Are you constantly saying ‘I know that’, but knowing and doing are two completely different things? In this episode, Alice and Jen explore what stops us from success in our lives.

29. Biohacking for longevity

29. Biohacking for longevity

Biohacking and longevity are really based on the principles of naturopathy, and that is living from a place of prevention. Being strong, fit and healthy as we age. In today’s podcast episode, Jen and Alice share their favourite things to do in their lives to enable them to live from a place of prevention, biohacking their lives!

28. Plant Based and Powering

28. Plant Based and Powering

Never underestimate the power of smell and its capacity to shift our emotional state and to heal. Combine it with mindful breathing and we have a potential superpower on our hands! In this episode Jen and Alice explore the power of aromatherapy
and its potential to synergise powerfully with mindfulness practices like deep, slow breathing.

27. Never underestimate the power of smell

27. Never underestimate the power of smell

Never underestimate the power of smell and its capacity to shift our emotional state and to heal. Combine it with mindful breathing and we have a potential superpower on our hands! In this episode Jen and Alice explore the power of aromatherapy
and its potential to synergise powerfully with mindfulness practices like deep, slow breathing.

26. How to be an entrepreneur

26. How to be an entrepreneur

In late 2021, Jen and Alice went to a women’s surf film festival and noticed there were no films about older women. So they set out to make that film. In this episode they talk about how Taking Off: Tales of Older Women Who Surf was born and why it’s about more than surfing.

25. Let’s Make A Documentary

25. Let’s Make A Documentary

In late 2021, Jen and Alice went to a women’s surf film festival and noticed there were no films about older women. So they set out to make that film. In this episode they talk about how Taking Off: Tales of Older Women Who Surf was born and why it’s about more than surfing.

24. How to be fit at 50 and beyond

24. How to be fit at 50 and beyond

Crossing the threshold of 50 can be a time to commit to great health and fitness (physical, mental and emotional). In this episode, Jen and Alice chat about some of the many ways we can move our bodies for great health.

22. The Art of Stopping

22. The Art of Stopping

Are you always on the go? Do you give yourself time to stop? In this episode, Jen and Alice talk about the importance of just stopping.

21. The lowdown on sugar

21. The lowdown on sugar

Your body gets to a point where the adrenals are so tired from life that flogging yourselves depletes you more. In this episode, we talk about why and how specific mindful movements help to recharge the adrenal glands.

20. Putting Fear In Its Place

20. Putting Fear In Its Place

Your body gets to a point where the adrenals are so tired from life that flogging yourselves depletes you more. In this episode, we talk about why and how specific mindful movements help to recharge the adrenal glands.