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Stay Young America!

Aug 5, 2020

Charles Garfield is a psychologist, professor and lecturer, and the author of thirteen books including OUR WISDOM YEARS He has been recognized internationally as the founder of Shanti Project, a widely acclaimed AIDS and cancer service organization ( For more than forty years, he has pioneered the development of healthcare and social service oriented volunteer organizations in a wide variety of settings. Of these efforts, Garfield says: “Shanti’s work demonstrates that health professionals and volunteers (America’s largely unrecognized workforce) can learn to be tender with people and tough on problems as they serve those who need them most.”


A clinical professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine at San Francisco (UCSF) for nearly four decades, and a fellow of the American Psychological Association, he is currently a research scholar at the Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.


Dr. Garfield has lectured widely, addressing audiences that include a Clinton White House conference, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Head Coaches of Olympic sports, and the leadership of Oklahoma City following the bombing of that city’s federal building.

  • What brought you into the field of aging? (2:20)


  • The importance of productivity. (3:45)


  • How people 'reboot/reinvent' themselves later on in life (5:14)


  • Why physical abilities may decline, but 'aliveness' thrives.  (11:11)


  • Aging actively and successfully (16:00)


  • Leaving a legacy (18:38)


  • Passing on what you've learned in life. (21:01)


  • Executive Medicine Moment (21:11)


  • Tackling Regrets (21:56)



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