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Ep. 32: Aging Well, Letting Go & Unexpected Happiness: An 80 Year Old’s View

“People need to understand how aging has changed and that it is quite different from what we expected and what we were taught… we have to do a lot of revisiting and thinking about it.”


How can you live fully into your 80s and beyond? Join Cathleen as she speaks to Dr. Katharine Esty, a practicing psychotherapist, a social psychologist, best-selling author, and activist for aging well. Her latest book, Eightysomethings: A Practical Guide to Letting Go, Aging Well, and Finding Unexpected Happiness, offers revolutionary tips on how to live fully in your 80s and beyond.

Show notes:

Dr. Esty holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from Boston University. To write her book, she interviewed more than 120 people over 80 from across the United States. Dr. Esty focused on interviewing those living exciting lives, purposeful lives, and who would have something to share about what is possible when you’re in your 80s. Katharine is on a mission to foster a new understanding of living fully in our 80s and beyond.

Dr. Esty, now 87, continues with her private practice and is featured in the New York Times’ opinion section. She lives in a retirement community West of Boston and is a mother of four sons, as well as being a grandmother.


  • Copies of Dr. Esty’s book may be purchased here.
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