Aging and mental wellbeing
Episode Details

Are we psychologically prepared as a society for aging? More and more we are seeing a fear of elderhood and avoidance to talking about its realities. This fuels a cycle of bias that we can change – through healthy discussion and proper support.  


In this episode, Donna Duncan is joined by Dr. Sonu Gaind, a psychiatrist, professor and mental health advocate. Dr. Gaind is the Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada, a hospital renowned for its work in mental health research and care. Together, they explore how fear, hope and acceptance are connected in maintaining mental wellbeing as we get older, along with the tools and systems needed to support us all in aging well. 


Resources and extra reading mentioned this episode: 

·       Learn more about Dr. Gaind’s work:  

·       Learn about positive aging and psychiatry:  

·       Watch the Japanese filmPlan 75 about an imagined dystopian future of a “super-aged society” 

·       Read the book,Anxiety and the Gift of Imagination by Dr. Robin Alter 

·   Read theSurgeon General Advisory on the impact of loneliness and isolation in the United States 


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