The Last Unchallenged Stereotype, Part 1

In our youth-obsessed culture, it’s easy to buy into the negative stereotypes of aging. It is this discrimination that convinces us that aging is mostly about decline. And yet, research continually tells us that how we age is mostly up to us, and that our perception of aging influences our health and wellbeing.

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with host Danielle Palli to discuss the misconceptions our society has about our aging population, how language affects our perceptions of aging, and what we can do about it. For example, these statements seem benign but are potentially destructive:

“I’m too old for that”

 “You must be getting senile in your old age.”

 “She looks great … for her age.”

Click below to listen to part one of this two-part broadcast.

By Dr. Roger Landry, MD, MPH

President of Masterpiece living and award-winning author of the book, Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging.

(Reprinted with permission of Masterpiece Living (MPL). Originally published in MPL’s bi-weekly “Fireside Conversations.”)

Read more inspiration from Dr. Landry by purchasing his book: Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging. Click here.

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