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254: Breaking the Age Code - Becca Levy, PhD

On Air with Ella - podcast episode 254


Can your beliefs about aging determine how long and well you live? Dr. Becca Levy says YES.

We are so much more than our biology. With the right outlook on aging, we can enhance our biological code as we age. - Dr. Levy

In this episode, I'm talking to expert author Dr. Becca Levy about:

  • What are some of the most common false beliefs about aging?

  • How do more positive age-belief cultures compare to our own?

  • How has social media impacted negative age beliefs?

  • How can our age beliefs actually influence our health?

  • Are our age beliefs strong enough to affect our genes?

  • What does “successful aging” mean to you?

  • What are some things we can start doing today to combat our negative age beliefs?

With the right mindset and tools, we can change our age beliefs. - Dr. Levy


Dr. Becca Levy is an award-winning Yale Professor of Psychology and Global Health. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University and held a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellowship at the Division of Aging and Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

She is credited with creating a field of study that focuses on how positive and negative age stereotypes can have beneficial and adverse effects, respectively, on the health of older individuals. Dr. Levy has given invited testimony before the United States Senate on the effects of ageism and contributed to briefs submitted to the United States Supreme Court in age-discrimination cases.

Dr. Becca Levy is the author of BREAKING THE AGE CODE.


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