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The Power of Growing Older and the Problem with Ageism

The Power of Growing Older and the Problem with Ageism

Update: 2024-01-17
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I’m not going to lie. I was much more prepared for puberty, pregnancy, motherhood, and even menopause than I was for aging. And you all know that’s a big deal to say because we’re largely unprepared for all the other phases of our lives, too. But the reality is, we’re aging from the day we’re born, and much of what we’ve internalized about aging - the fears, judgments, stereotypes - and even ‘symptoms’ if you will - have much more to do with the culture of ageism we’re steeped in from the time we’re little - whether that’s the ‘old hag witch’ in the woods who eats children in fairy tales and movies, to the anti-aging creams that women are already now using in their 20s (and younger) thanks to an industry that instills in us that aging is ugly. 

My guest, Karen Walrond, is the author of Radiant Rebellion: Reclaim Aging, Practice Joy & Raise a Little Hell, an investigation in how we can resist ageism and live a light-filled life along the way. And - I don’t say this often or lightly - this book has blown my mind. It was exactly the dose of vitality and fire I needed right now - a mind-shift on my own journey - of aging proudly and powerfully while I also navigate all that means in our culture, and in work that puts me front and center on video, in media. I truly believe every women over 20 in our culture should read this book, gift it, share it, talk about it, and then read it again. 

In this episode Karen and I discuss:

  • The cultural beliefs, stereotypes, and fears that contribute to ageism
  • How internalized ageism can affect women's self-perception and confidence as they age
  • How to challenge ageist language and attitudes
  • Embracing aging and reclaiming vitality can lead to a more joyful and fulfilling life.
  • The role of the global anti-aging market in perpetuating ageism and sexism
  • Variation in cultures on the perception of elderhood
  • The importance of community and intergenerational relationships for well-being and a sense of purpose in the later years
  • Listening to your body's cravings and embracing guilt-free eating
  • The impact of alcohol on health and weight management
  • How important it is to appreciate the wisdom and beauty of body changes

Let’s listen to the interview. And then, as my guest says, raise a little hell. Or as I’m saying, raise a lot of it! You’ll see what I mean.

Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow me on Instagram @dr.avivaromm to join the conversation. You can follow Karen on Instagram and visit her at chookooloonks.com

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The Power of Growing Older and the Problem with Ageism

The Power of Growing Older and the Problem with Ageism

Aviva Romm