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"Why Embracing Your Golden Years Is Good for Your Health and Happiness" - Cathy Cassata

  • Healthline
  • New York, NY
  • (September 16, 2019)

We’re bombarded with messages that teach us to fear aging in America. Everyone knows aging is inevitable — so why is it so scary? Nathan Goldstein, MD, professor of medicine and geriatrics and palliative medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai said, “When we joke about the most important factor in healthy aging, we say choose your parents well; genetics is a huge portion of it and that we can’t really control.” He noted that other things that relate to healthy aging that can be out of one’s control include social determinants of health, such as access to healthcare, food, and education. “But attitude does go a very long way. We see that the folks who stay more active and stay active out in the community do tend to do better, whether that’s embracing social services, or getting out and going to community day programs, or volunteering.”

— Nathan E. Goldstein, MD, Professor, Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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