The Medical University of California have made available a series of podcasts on ‘Ag(e)ing, Geriatrics and Caregiving’. Episode 22 is titled ‘Resilience: A Positive Aging Process’ and is freely available here. The episode features an interview between author Sally Smith and Dr Layton McCurdy in which they discuss the importance of resilience not just for older adults but throughout life. Smith has an enthusiastic and energetic style and Dr McCurdy brings a number of public health related issues to the discussion. Some of the issues discussed in the podcast have been discussed in articles reviewed elsewhere on this blog (e.g resilience here and successful aging here). The emphasis on prevention of illness by developing resilience is an important public health measure. There is an important point in the discussion where Dr McCurdy challenges the common assumption that people with depression should simply ‘pull themselves together’ going on to say that clinical depression impacts on the ability to make choices. This is another public health issue, educating the public about the significant impact clinical depression can have on a person’s life and the benefits of treatment and understanding by others. Although 10 minutes long, the podcast covers a number of important mental health issues.
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