Post Publication Reviews

April 4, 2013: from

April 4, 2013: The Argonaut Newspaper, Los Angeles: article titled, "Seniors: A New Stage in a New Age,

April, 2013: Midwest Book Review, Reviewer's Choice section:

May, 2013: San Francisco Book Review, Featured Review (5 star):

May, 2013: GaGaSisterhood online site for grandmothers, Book Review:

June 7, 2013: Palo Alto Weekly, "Living Well Section," by Chris Kenrick: "The quest to play, paint, sculpt, write in the 'Vintage Years.'"

June 19, 2013: The Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News (The Bay Area News Group),  by Angela Hill: 'Art and Seniors: Drawing Outside The Lines."

June 23, 2013: The San Jose Mercury News (The Bay Area News Group), "Lifestyle" cover article by Angela Hill, 'Aging Artfully,' (print edition).

July 11, 2013: The Beacon (Newspaper: Print and Online) Baltimore and Palm Springs Edition. Book Review: "How to Become More Creative Later in Life," by C. Sorgen:

January 15, 2014: Manhattan Arts International: Book Review: “Finding Your Inner Artist After Sixty,” by Renee Phillips:

TV and Radio shows: with links for listening:

July “74 is the new 24,” radio broadcast: To the Best of our Knowledge, produced by Wisconsin Public Radio, an NPR affiliate: 1 hour show ( or Toder segment: (

May 2, 2014: Dr. Toder interviewed by Frank Samson of The Aging Boomers Radio Show about “The Vintage Years:

September 23, 2013: Live at 3 pm CDT, interview by Ed Zinkiewicz on radio show: "Retire-To." Tune in or listen to streamed audio:

August 28, 2013: Interview with Rosanna Tufts on "The Tufts Get Going," radio show, Maryland. Listen to streamed audio:

July 20, 2013: "Experience Talks," on KPFK-FM, Santa Barbara-San Diego. Interviewed by Tim Carpenter, host. Listen to streamed audio:

May 20, 2013: Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, Book talk recorded for radio:

May 3, 2013: "The Feisty Side of Fifty," Cable radio show with host Mary Eileen Williams, 18, 2013: "Dr. Business" with Roy Blitzer, Cable TV, Palo Alto: Interview

April 19, 2013: "Insight" radio show with Beth Ruyak, Capital Public Radio, Sacramento, CA (NPR affiliate):

Other Media:  (1985-2014) radio and TV shows including the Ronn Owens show - KGO AM (San Francisco), CNN, KRON, NY1, BBC, German National Television Network and the Phil Donahue show. Quoted in: The New York Times, Red Herring Magazine, Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, USA Today, the National PostSan Jose Mercury News,  (Canada),  and the Palo Alto Weekly

Articles, Blogs & Mentions: with links for viewing:

December 8, 2017: Huffington Post Blog: Making Wednesdays Special,”

April 18, 2016: Huffington Post Blog: “Making Music in the Woods: A Grown-Up’s Camp,”

February 2, 2016: Huffington Post Blog: ”The Magic of Daily Writing: journaling over 5 decades,”

January 11, 2016: “A Long Walk on a New Trail,” by Virginia McReynolds @ Finally Time for This: A Beginner’s Guide to the Second Act of Life (!A-long-walk-on-a-new-trail/cmbz/5691a7b00cf26c8cd830aaf7)

June 19, 2015: Huffington Post Blog: “Apps and Robots: Innovations for an Aging Populations,”

May 18, 2015: Huffington Post Blog: “Positive Aging Movement Takes Off,”

May 5, 2015: Huffington Post Blog: "Woman with a Blowtorch: Another Late-blooming Artist,”

March 20, 2015: ZocaloPublicSquare: "What do Grandma Moses & Michelangelo Have in Common?" Creativity & aging from several points of view, including my own:

October 3, 2014: Huffington Post Blog: Alice Herz- Sommer and Her Piano: A Long (109 Years) and Meaningful Life:”

August 19, 2014: Huffington Post Blog: “Music’s Power to Overcome and Transform:"

Summer, 2014: Healthy Aging Magazine: “The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist:" 

 July 10, 2014: Huffington Post Blog: "Creative Aging: The Best of Science and Art:"

 June 20, 2014: Newsday: (Toder and The Vintage Years quoted in) “Later in Life Artists Prove it’s Never Too Late to Express Creativity,” by John Hanc:

May 19, 2014: Huffington Post Blog: “Gray Divorce" and other Demographic Trends:

April 13, 2014: "Creativity and the Aging Brain: An Interview with Francine Toder, Ph.D., author of The Vintage Years," by Cathy Breslaw:

March 12, 2014: The New York Times: (Toder and newest book quoted in) “New Worlds Open at the Artist’s Easel,” by John Hanc:

March/April, 2014: Aging Horizons Bulletin (Canada): Interview: "Late-Blooming Artists Fascinate and Sparkle”:

March 4, 2014: Aging Horizons Bulletin (Canada); “Interview: Late Blooming Artists Fascinate and Sparkle,” by Ruth Dempsey:

January 15, 2014: Manhattan Arts International: "Finding Your Inner Artist,” by Renée Phillips:

January 7, 2014: National Center for Creative Aging: "Creative Expression: Both Stimulates and Benefits from the Aging Brain":

December 30, 2013:  Huffington Post Blog: Techies, Boomers, and Beyond: The Homebrew Computer Club Reunion

December 20, 2013: Tech-enhanced Life: Seniors Embrace Social Media in Surprising Numbers

December 12, 2013: Life Reimagined (AARP): Go Ahead. Make Music. It'll Boost your Brain:

December 10, 2013: Tech-enhanced Life: Empowering Seniors Through Communication Technology:

November 4, 2013: Huffington Post Blog: Entrepreneurs Focus on Seniors: Aging 2.0 Collaboration at Stanford:

October 25, 2013: Huffington Post Blog: Senior Improv? A Burgeoning Art Form:

September 23, 2013: Huffington Post Blog: A Psychologist Analyzes Siri: Defending a Robot:

September 13, 2013: The San Jose Mercury News, "Inside Siri's head: A psychological profile of Apples's digital concierge," by Patrick May: Inside Siri's head: A psychological profile of Apple's digital concierge

September 10, 2013: Huffington Post Blog: George W. Bush As Artist: A Different Perspective:

August 22, 2013: Huffington Post Blog: 6 Reasons Why The Brain Loves Dancers Over 60:

July 27, 2013: Huffington Post Blog: Aging Creatively: Bill's Stone-Balancing Routine:

June 24, 2013: Huffington Post Blog: Never Too Old: The Subway Musician

May 29, 2013: Huffington Post Blog: Arianna Huffington's Commencement Speech Also Perfect for Boomers:

May 24, 2013: "The Vintage Years: How the Older Brain Both Facilitates and Benefits from Fine Arts Expression," written for Bloom  linked to The Millions:

May 8, 2013: Guest Blog Post on The Artist's Road blog site hosted by Patrick Ross. Article titled "Fine Arts, Creativity & the Aging Brain Positively Linked,":

April 12, 2013: Book Excerpt from The Vintage Years, "The Time of Your Life: Now or Never," on the Bloom website:

Other Professional Articles 

  • "What is Positive Psychology?," (Feature Article) The California Psychologist, January-February, 2008.
  • “Emotional Intelligence” for the Masses," Santa Clara County (CA) Psychological Association Newsletter, October-November, 2006.  
  • “A Model of Organizational Recovery,” Journal of Emergency Management, (Winter 2004);  
  • “Disaster Planning As a Tool in Developing a Resilient and Viable Business,” HR West Magazine, (Vol. 2, 2004) (Winner of the Feature Article of the Year)
  • “Businesspeople should have a ‘Professional Will,’” Silicon Valley Biz Ink, 2/04;
  • “Aftermath of attack reaches the workplace,” Palo Alto Daily News, 9/28/2001;
  • "Coaching 101: A Primer for Psychologists, ”The California Psychologist,  3/2000, (Reprinted in the New York State Psychologist Journal);
  • "When Your Company is Acquired: The Human Aspect," The Business Journal (Silicon Valley), 10/99;
  • "Too Many Choices: Sensory Overload," The Business Journal (Silicon Valley), 9/99.