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"Honest Aging: An Insider’s Guide to the Second Half of Life" with Dr. Rosanne Leipzig MD, PhD

  1. "Honest Aging: An Insider’s Guide to the Second Half of Life" with Dr. Rosanne Leipzig MD, PhD willGather, Nicole Will 52:17

Have you stopped to think about what the later years of your life will look like? Today, we’re diving into a conversation that touches each of us, directly or indirectly. Aging is a journey we all go on, but how often do we pause to really understand what it entails, not just for ourselves but also for those we love? This conversation aims to peel back the layers of aging, bringing not just insights but practical advice on navigating these years.

Joining us is Dr. Rosanne Leipzig, an internationally recognized geriatrician with over 40 years of experience in the field. Dr. Leipzig’s journey in geriatrics is not just professional but deeply personal, inspired by her grandmother who showed her that no matter your age, life can be rich and full.

She holds the prestigious title of Gerald and May Ellen Ritter Professor and Vice Chair, Emerita, of the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. During her career as a doctor, she has received numerous awards. She has been repeatedly named as one of the Best Doctors in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), America’s Top Physicians (Consumers Research Council of America), a New York Times SuperDoc, and one of New York Magazine’s Top Doctors for Geriatric Medicine. She has appeared on The Today Show, CBS Evening News, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, and AARP Webinars, and has been published in TIME magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bottom Line Health, AARP The Magazine, Consumer Reports, and American Medical News, among others. Dr. Leipzig brings a treasure trove of knowledge, shaped by a career dedicated to improving how we approach aging.

Today, we’ll explore her latest book, “Honest Aging: An Insider’s Guide to the Second Half of Life,” published by The Johns Hopkins University Press. The book is a candid look at what aging really involves—physically, psychologically, functionally, and emotionally—and how to adapt to these changes. Through a mix of scientific insights, patient stories, and Dr. Leipzig’s own experiences, the book challenges common myths and provides invaluable tools for anyone navigating or caring for someone in their later years.

As Martha Stewart says about the book, “It is essential reading for anyone who is growing older or whose loved ones are growing older ― in other words, for all of us!”

Thank you, Dr. Rosanne, for encouraging us to approach aging with more awareness and preparedness. I loved my visit with you!

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Nicole Will is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of our aging community by equipping older adults, their family members, and eldercare professionals with valuable information and resources. Nicole is the creator, host, and producer of the willGather Podcast: Navigating the World with Your Aging Loved One.

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