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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Mary Flett: Clinical psychologist

Aging with finesse sounds infinitely more desirable than the humdrum process of simply getting older. The language we use in describing the aging process is all important. Perhaps even more important is having a plan, as we age. Even through we "don't feel that old" there is an inevitability about the passing years - despite the latest science-backed interventions that may help us slow down the process. 

Clinical psychologist, Dr. Mary Flett, has spent much of her career analyzing the way we value ourselves as we grow older, how we connect with others as we age, and the skills we need to navigate the process with grace. There are, she says, five "pillars of aging," which include creating a legacy of values, staying engaged, adaptation, spirituality and emotional economics. 

In this LLAMA podcast interview Dr. Flett, who is based in Sonoma, California, discusses the complex, nuanced journey that is aging, and challenges media-driven notions about human longevity. 

This episode is brought to you in association with Clinique La Prairie. The award winning spa clinic and pioneering health and wellness destination nestled on the shores of Lake Geneva in Montreux, Switzerland. Combining preventative medicine with bespoke lifestyle and nutrition plans, Clinique La Prairie offers a holistic approach to living fuller, healthier and longer lives.

The Live Long and Master Aging podcast, a HealthSpan Media LLC production, shares ideas but does not offer medical advice.  If you have health concerns of any kind, or you are considering adopting a new diet or exercise regime, you should consult your doctor.

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