Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Marta Zaraska: Science journalist

We are bombarded with advice and information about diet and exercise, but what about the impact of friendship, optimism and kindness on our longterm wellbeing? It is eye-opening to discover that a strong support network of family and friends lowers mortality risk by about 45 percent, while volunteering your free time reduces the chances of early death by a staggering 20-60 percent, depending on the study. Science journalist Marta Zaraska is the author of Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100. In this episode of the LLAMA podcast, she discusses the peer-reviewed studies that suggest living to a great age is about more than what we eat or how much we move.  We cover how caring for children motivates us to keep on living and why Marta's long-held beliefs about aging and longevity were shattered through an understanding of the research. 

Monday, June 8, 2020

Noelle Nelson: Psychologist & writer

How many times have you heard about an older person doing extraordinary things, despite their great age? In recent weeks the story of the 100-year-old war veteran, Captain Tom Moore, has captivated millions, for his marathon fund raising efforts in the UK. Walking lengths in his garden he has raised more than £30m for the National Health Service, during the Covid-19 crisis. He is amazing. In this episode of the Live Long and Master Aging podcast we explore the lives of amazing people through the eyes of Dr. Noelle Nelson, a California-based psychologist, author of Happy, Healthy…Dead and collector of eye-opening stories through her Facebook page, Meet the Amazings. What are the common traits of older people who live their lives to the full, almost to the end?