Alan Castel, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of California Los Angeles. His research focuses on how cognition changes with age and how people selectively remember important events. His work has been supported by the National Institute on Aging and has been featured in The New York Times and Time Magazine. In this episode, Eric and Alan discuss his book, Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging.
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In This Interview, Alan Castel, Ph.D. and I Discuss…His book, Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful AgingHow mindset matters in agingRole models in successful agingThat life can get better with ageSocio-Emotional Selectivity TheoryThe realization that time is finiteThe ways that life can get better the older we getWhat helps prevent cognitive declineThat older adults often have less regret than younger adultHow we’re better at focusing on what’s important as we ageWalking or getting physical exercise (getting blood flow to the brain) is key in preventing cognitive declineThe importance of balance training when it comes to healthy agingHow illuminating it is to test your balanceHow helpful it is to be around people who do the things that we’re looking to do in our livesThe challenges that come with retirement – and how to overcome themThe middle way as it applies to retirementThe two most important things in life
Alan Castel, Ph.D. Links:
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