Sharon of KRON Channel 4 speaks with licensed psychotherapist and AgeSong co-founder, Dr Nader Shabahangi about shifting our perception and looking at aging as a positive thing.
Sharon mentions the numerous books that Nader has written about aging that outline his philosophy on aging. Some books that are presented as examples are Faces of Aging, Conversations with Ed, and Deeper into the Soul. They are all age embracing books.
Sharon starts of the discussion with a comparison between what is considered “normal” in terms of success in aging and an alternate view presented in Nader’s books. She mentions how successful you are is often measured in how fast you get something done, how beautiful you are, and how many things you can multi-task. She points out that there is a big departure from thinking of yourself like that and looking at yourself from Nader’s perspective. Nader agrees that there is currently a movement that judges your success in aging at 50, 60, 70, 80 in terms of values of twenty and thirty something individuals and we need to stop doing that. In this perspective you are set up for failure.
Sharon suggest that promoting a different value system for aging is one of the reasons why Nader has created AgeSong. To provide an environment where it is safe to age, safe to have a different value system than what you see everyday. Nader agrees with that and expands upon the idea that from elders we learn that we can go more slowly, to look more deeply, and how to be with someone instead of looking to the next thing. Nader mentions that the elders are always teaching him the importance of learning to live in the moment.
Find out More!
Explore Nader Shabahangi’s publications on Aging and Forgetfulness on the Elders Academy Press website.
View more of the Joy in Aging Series videos.
Explore more videos in the AgeSong Video Library