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Crosscurrents

Talking aging with Dr. Louise Aronson

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We're all getting older, so what are some ways we can embrace it better? When women hit major markers with aging, like menopause, Dr. Louise Aronson, a geriatrician and professor at UCSF, says that there is no reason to get so down about it.

DR. LOUISE ARONSON: It almost seems these days, that people fear more old age more than they fear death. Not everybody but a lot of people do. But when they are thinking of fearing old age more than death they are generally thinking about old age as somebody with a bad stroke or advanced dementia who is completely out of control and isn't the person they once were. And does that happen to some people? It absolutely does, it tends to happen at the very end. Old age is a long phase of life, we routinely have patients in their 90s and 100s these days.

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Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Leila Day is a Senior Producer at Pineapple Street Media and is the Executive Producer and co-host of The Stoop Podcast, stories about the black diaspora. Her work has been featured on NPR, 99% Invisible, the BBC as well as other outlets. Before The Stoop, she was an editor at Al Jazeera's podcast network and worked on creating and editing award winning narrative driven journalism. She began her career in journalism at KALW where she worked as a health care and criminal justice reporter. During that time she contributed as an editor, taught audio storytelling to inmates at San Quentin, and helped develop curriculum for training upcoming reporters.