Healthy Aging Beliefs
Do you hold Healthy Aging Beliefs? The beliefs you hold will influence the way you age, and influence the way we as a society treat those who are aging. Dr. Marilyn Gugliucci is a Professor and Director of Geriatric Education and Research at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She believes our society holds dysfunctional views on aging, and that consequently our culture is limited by these beliefs. She says she is out to “change the world one person at a time.”
Marilyn is accomplishing this goal through her internationally praised approaches to the education of medical students because each of those students will influence thousands of people in their lives. In this way, Marilyn is changing cultural belief systems about aging to a more expansive and healthful approach.
Do Your Beliefs on Aging Serve You Well?
Many cultural beliefs about aging in our society do not serve us well. There is a kind of tragedy narrative of loss and diminished capacity that does not match reality in terms of aging. Because our society seems trapped in these dysfunctional cultural beliefs, we can be limited in the choices we make about our own health as we age. Another consequence is that limiting societal beliefs misinform our political leaders as they navigate the changing social fabric in Maine of the senior population becoming a greater percentage of the whole.
Marilyn is a loved and respected speaker and teacher on geriatrics throughout our country and internationally. She expresses deep commitment to encouraging societal beliefs more in line with an uplifted view of aging. I loved meeting her in this fun and fast-moving interview.