Feb 23 • 37M

Destroying the Ageist Myths

Social gerontologist Jeanette Leardi explains what older brains do better, the health benefits of expressive writing, and much more.

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The EndGame podcast discusses every aspect of positive aging. Geared to listeners who are "chronologically gifted," it gives voice to authors, experts, and ordinary people who have helpful perspectives and advice for elders. The focus is on aging with joy and purpose.
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Jeanette Leardi (www.jeanetteleardi.com) is an active and effective crusader against ageist assumptions. In this interview, she provides information on a variety of topics, including:

  • Why elders are not all alike - and less alike than most age groups.

  • Why we have a right to be angry when treated to “elderspeak.”

  • What old brains can do better than young brains.

  • How to recognize ageist language and ageist beliefs.

  • How expressive writing provides proven health benefits - at any age.

  • The benefits of intergenerational experiences, for both the young and the old.

  • Why we ought to reclaim “senior” and wear it proudly.