#91 — Successful Aging w/Dr Alan Castel

Outline of discussion

  1. What is mindset, and how does it relate to aging?
  2. How is mindset similar to or related to placebo or nocebo effects?  Why does belief make such a difference?  Why is “believing is seeing” so powerful?
  3. How can we take advantage of this human mechanism of our brain …to enjoy our lives more, and accomplish more of what we want in our lives? 
  4. How can we focus on adapting to our changing abilities without dwelling on the lose of ability?  As we get older we seem to get slower for some reason. How do we keep from feeling badly about that?  Where’s the upside to aging as an athlete?

ABC’s of Aging

(A)ttitude – positive attitude to facilitate doing the things that make you happy vs. dwelling on what you cannot do any longer due to age

(B)alance – physical and mental balance. Physical balance is the sense of balance that can weaken as we get older, and can be trained to avoid falls which may put us out of the game. But also finding balance in life is important.

(C)onnection — connect with the things you find important and the people who make life meaningful.

Dr. Alan D. Castel

Alan D. Castel is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on how cognition changes with age and how people selectively remember important events. His work has been supported by the National Institute on Aging and has been featured in The New York Times and Time Magazine. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2004, completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, and has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at UCLA since 2006.

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Book Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging
TEDx Talk How We Learn as We Age
UCLA Department of Psychology

The ever curious athlete who demands answers.
About the Author
Curious athlete who demands answers. Husband to Susan ( Father of 3 daughters. Athletic pursuits over time, in reverse order: cycling, skiing, mountaineering, rock climbing, triathlon, golf, tennis, football.

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