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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 well-being.

 

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.”

Here are both interviews from the two part podcast series Aging in America and The Last Unchallenged Stereotypes with Danielle Palli speaks with Dr. Roger Landry. Dr. Roger Landry.

 

Part 1 of 2

Listen to “Aging in America and the Last Unchallenged Stereotype” on Spreaker.

 

Part 2 of 2

Listen to “Aging in America and the Last Unchallenged Stereotype (Part 2 of an Interview with Dr. Roger Landry)” on Spreaker.