The fears of aging have been one long cascading domino effect through the years: twenty year-olds dread thirty; forty year-olds fear fifty; sixty fears seventy, and so it goes. And there is something to worry about, though it isn’t what you’d expect: research shows that having a bad attitude toward aging when we’re young is associated with poorer health when we’re older.
About the Authors
Jimmie Holland, MD, psychiatrist, has been a pioneer in the effort to improve the psychological care of patients with cancer around the world. In fact, because of this, she is called the “mother of psycho-oncology.” Years of speaking to patients of all ages at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center led her to focus in recent years on how older people cope with aging and illness. She teamed up with Mindy to explore the issue in more depth and found the important role which character strengths play in sustaining us in older years.
Mindy Greenstein, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist, Psycho-oncologist, Writer, and National Speaker. She serves as Consultant to the geriatric psychiatry group in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.