As families spend time together over the holidays, who is the happiest person in the room? Grandma, grandad? Growing old gets a bad rap but studies have shown that as people age, they enjoy some of their best days. There is no need to dread your next big birthday, says Katharine Esty, a psychologist and author of Eightysomethings: A Practical Guide to Letting Go, Aging Well, and Finding Unexpected Happiness. Dr. Esty, at 87, only recently closed her psychotherapy practice, but her life remains full of purpose and meaning, with the publication of her latest book, and a continuing career as a writer.
In this LLAMA podcast interview, Katharine explains her upbeat attitude towards life's final chapter; why new adventures and challenges are possible over eighty and how octogenarians have cracked the secret to happiness. Savvy and inspiring, she also addresses societal agism and the problem of older people becoming "invisible," despite the best intentions of their families.
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