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Radically Reframing Aging

Radically Reframing Aging

Today’s Groundbreakers on Age, Health, Purpose & Joy

Hosted by Maria Shriver Journalist, author, and advocate

A Free, Five-Day Online Event

October 24–30, 2022

Now with 6 new guests and 2 extra days!

Hosted by Maria Shriver Journalist, author, and advocate

A Free, Five-Day Online Event

October 24–30, 2022

Now with 6 new guests and 2 extra days!

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The Science & Secrets of Super-Agers

Session 1
Groundbreaking Experts

We all want to live our longest, healthiest, and most productive life possible. The question is, how much of the aging process can we control? Maria speaks with super-ager Lottie Tartell and octogenarian neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Maroon about the secrets behind their longevity, and Dr. David A. Sinclair shares new scientific concepts that may give us all the power to be super-agers.

Session Highlights

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    Groundbreaking new studies that prove aging is reversible
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    Epigenetic factors that can help extend our lifespan by up to 14 years
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    Supplements, treatments, and promising new medications that can slow aging
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    Looking ahead: what does the future of aging look like?
David A. Sinclair, PhD, AO

David A. Sinclair, PhD, AO

David A. Sinclair, PhD, AO

David A. Sinclair, PhD, AO

David A. Sinclair, PhD, AO, is a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School. Best known for his research on delaying and reversing aging, he has published over 200 scientific papers and is the recipient of more than 35 awards. His book Lifespan became a New York Times and international bestseller. Dr. Sinclair cofounded and serves as co-chief editor of the scientific journal Aging, and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine.

Joseph C. Maroon, MD

Joseph C. Maroon, MD

Joseph C. Maroon, MD

Joseph C. Maroon, MD

Joseph C. Maroon, MD, (he/his) is clinical professor and vice chairman of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery. He codeveloped the only FDA-approved test for concussion assessment, and for 35 years has served as team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Along with many peer-reviewed papers, Dr. Maroon is the author of six books, including Square One—A Simple Guide to a Balanced Life. An accomplished athlete, he has competed in eight Ironman triathlons.

Lottie Tartell

Lottie Tartell

Lottie Tartell

Lottie Tartell

Lottie Tartell was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1926. She earned her M.A. in economics from Columbia University and taught at Hofstra University for 40 years. She also served as secretary to six-time presidential candidate Norman Thomas. Lottie was a dedicated volunteer for Planned Parenthood, played violin in community orchestras, and remains involved with her synagogue. At 95, she is a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and is participating in the Longevity Genes Project.

Session 2
Groundbreaking Public Figure

William Shatner has had one of the most legendary and multifaceted careers in show business. Yet, at age 90, Shatner believes he still has much more to experience. He speaks with Maria Shriver about what he’s learned, what he’d still like to do, why he believes saying “yes” is critically important to staying alive, and why “everything is an adventure”—no matter how old we are.

Session Highlights

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    His profound experience of visiting space—what he saw and felt
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    Why fear doesn’t stop him from taking risks in life
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    His thoughts on faith and the magic of nature
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    The acquisition of knowledge as one of life’s greatest thrills
William Shatner

William Shatner

William Shatner

William Shatner

William Shatner is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable figures, having originated the role of Captain James Kirk on Star Trek—a role he reprised in seven films. His work on The Practice and Boston Legal earned him multiple Emmys and a Golden Globe. Shatner has also released several acclaimed albums, created a hit one-man show on Broadway, and has authored nearly 30 bestselling books. He continues to act, write, produce, direct, work with charities, and further his passion in equestrian sports. In 2021, he became the oldest person ever to visit space.

Share Your Thoughts

What would you like to achieve as a super-ager?

  • Nance says:

    I would like to make the term super-ager obsolete or at least live long enough to see it be so. I will live my best life without the need to quantify it.

    Most interesting discussions today with such a fascinating juxtaposition between these 2 presentations! I don’t know if this was done on purpose but it was brilliant.

    I thank Lottie for acknowledging her privilege. Discoveries and applications around “anti” ageing, extension of life and reversal of the ageing process through supplements, medication and gene therapy mean nothing unless society becomes more compassionate as only the select few will be able to take advantage of these services. If we are not careful an even deeper divide between the 2 tier system will result. Frankly I found the pursuit of eternal youth creepy, a little frightening, and lifeless. Where is the joy? Maybe the joy for Dr. S is in the pursuit itself and being willing to be, as he himself acknowledges, a human, self-offered guineapig. He is in the forefront as an explorer and I guess this inspires him and is where he finds great satisfaction.

    Dr M’s emphasis on being mindful and aware of where you are in life on a daily basis and making the best choices resonated with me. I totally agree with his stages of ageing and our sense of age; that it can be seen through 3 lenses: obsolescence, biological and/or renewals. My experience of life in general has been one of renewals. I have experienced energetic upbeat times as well as depleted downs. Why would I see my ageing process as being anything other than this? His key is to be mindful and current and see the opportunity in every new day.

    I can not say enough about William Shatner!!! HUMOUR. CURIOSITY, CREATIVITY, LOVE IN ITS MANY FORMS embodied. Seeing life as constant change and having, as does Lottie, a beginner’s mind. Entertaining the possibility that at 90 the most profound experience (aside from death) awaits is encouraging.

    He kept me entertained and interested as he veered off on seemingly unconnected tangents which eventually led back to the main points. Fantastic story teller! Cudos to Maria for being able to ride the conversation with him so that his lovely nature could be expressed.

    Maria was totally engaged in the conversation. You could see the delight in her face as he had her laughing most of the time. He had me laughing in the course of that one interview more than a kid laughs in a day! He makes people around him feel young and connect to their child-self and that’s something. I feel younger and more inspired for having heard this conversation.

    Shatner’s got what it takes to age well. It’s just who he is. He’s got IT. IT is intangible. But boy if you could bottle IT, I’d have some of that!

  • Susan Blumen says:

    What about the recommendation of 25 grams of protein per meal (whole body resest) as we age? True? Fad?

  • Claudia, age 74 says:

    Maria — I am in no way a super -ager. In fact, I wonder about those of us who have no desire to be one. Is that ok? Hope we don’t walk into another “fad” that we all feel we have to be part of to be ok. I think you’re super– wonderful facilitator, a natural. And I commend you for trying to bring the presenters in the first talk today down to earth a bit by pushing them to address what might happen for a person who was not so privileged or “super” as they. Even Lotte has had a pretty easy time of it in life and that has a lot to do with her lovely aging process. I guess, let’s face it, there are always going to be the privileged and the not so well off. Those for whom survival on a daily basis will prevent them from thinking about aging. And it may be more painful than anything for them to thing about living longer. This is a complex observation I understand. But just don’t forget those folks. They too want to be relevant. (What does relevant look like?) This is extraordinarily generous of you to offer this material for free. I thank you. I am listening to every word.

  • Carol says:

    It was good to hear Lottie speak of disregarding her age; she just goes on and does what she chooses. That is sort of how I feel on my good days. Age is relative!

  • Helenmarie Corcoran says:

    At 82, after living a varied, productive life this is my new interest. I have just returned to the States from living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, an almost perfect place to age, to be closer to my family. There are three generations below me and I hope to model for them this last phase of life and to help them recognize the decisions that they can make at 20 and 50, which will impact how they live to 100. Congratulations on putting together an “inspired and inspiring” program.

  • Janice says:

    Thank you Maria. This has been fabulous. I watched all episodes with interest and learned a new way at looking at aging. I particularly loved the humour, the passion for learning and great conversation you had with ageless William Shatner. He is a real inspiration. Amen. 🙂

  • Margaret says:

    Today’s section was fascinating. Blood sugar issues run in my family. I am 58 and have been hypoglycemic since I had my second son at age 37. I have followed a low glycemic index diet for the last two decades. Despite my efforts to stabilize my blood sugar, it still fluctuates a bit and I do get brain fog. I am especially interested David Sinclair’s recommendation to take metformin. — Also, I plan to eat one meal a day going forward. — Thank you!!

  • Robynn Sheridan says:

    Wonderful inspirational information. Love William as always.

  • Patricia says:

    The first session today was uplifting and shifted my thoughts on my own journey past 66 years. My grandmother still living is 104 she was living on her own driving at 101 but fall and leg break sent her in another direction.

  • Patti says:

    This has been fascinating! I’ve totally changed the way I think about aging. So much more to learn.

  • Victoria says:

    Thank you so much for putting together this program. I found it extremely up lifting..

  • Elizabeth says:

    Just fabulous stuff!
    Thrilled to listen each day.
    Oh, the things I have learned!
    Thank you!!!

  • Barbara says:

    Thank you for this wonderful series…I want to share with all my friends and family.

  • says:

    All of what I have heard, has left me sooo inspired. Please continue this series, thank you Maria shriver, continue in your path….it’s essential for our survival as we are all aging.Sigrid Igel ❤️

  • Carole says:

    Shanter gets it! Humor love and curiosity! I’m not interested in reverse aging! Ridiculous idea.
    At 83 I want to keep saying Yes!

  • Sarah says:

    Watching the first session for today. So much good information. Could we get the names of the exact supplements that Dr Sinclair is taking?

  • Anne Shaw says:

    The interview with William Shatner was a lot of fun. KUDOOS to you for being able to manage it☺.
    Loved today and the whole four days. At 74 I continue to be inspired, uplifted and excited by this summit and many aspects of life. Thank you

  • Lulu says:

    Amazing! All three are role models & inspiration! Aging beautifully & gracefully is in our hands. Thanks so much for sharing this interview. More power to you!

  • Lynda Beth Unkeless says:

    Day 3 interviews with Norma K and Anne L brought me to tears of joy!
    Day 4 is superb, too!
    Congratulations to all who created this cosmic series!
    Bravo! It’s Beautiful!🙏🏻

  • Jen Hoeft says:

    William Shatner… what a TEACHER!!!! LoveLoveLove his beginner mind curiosity and PASSION!!
    Inspired, for SURE!!

  • Barbara Christensen says:

    Unfortunately could not get the last 2 days to open up, I’ve tried every
    click as WS stated then just buffering…so frustrated with techno
    right now, maybe other guests had this problem???

  • kate says:

    I am older than I was yesterday, but younger than I will be tomorrow! I don’t want to “reverse” my aging…I would like to LIVE it! Loving the series, hoping it is impacting the western impression that aging is a negative experience. If no one aged, there would be no wisdom! Some day we will understand that aging =living! Let’s do it well!

  • Amanda W says:

    You are a stellar interviewer, Maria!!

  • Marcee Shriver Long says:

    I would like ADVENTURE and an epitaph after I have earned that super ager status to say – “She made a difference”

  • Linda says:

    All the learned white men in suits and lab coats I can do without. No soul. Mr Shatner has the messages that we can all utilize. No gadgets or supplements many can’t afford. How many people can afford people to come in and care for you? None of my friends. His words touch the soul and that is what we need, not about pills to help us reverse age and live more years we may not want to live.

  • Stan Nowak says:

    Someone earlier mentioned the child-like quality of Bill Shatner, and I believe that’s a critical key to staying young! It’s the approach of a child to a new life situation, the profound sense of curiosity. Someone once told me that when someone disagrees with him, he approaches that as an opportunity to learn. For me personally, everything old is ‘new’ again because I experience it with a different mood / attitude every single time – it keeps my life ‘fresh’. My Life’s proverbial cup is always half-full (at least)!

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  • Linda Mary Montano says:

    Am writing a paper on dimentia as a no fault easy ticket to Cosmic Consciousness. Will send to Maria if she wishes

  • Ralph says:

    Best interview yet–fantastic!

  • teri says:

    1these doctor’s were the most interesting so far! thank you very much!

  • Regina says:

    Incredible experience!!
    I can’t thank you enough for directing me to the further fulfilled with love, hope, education and excitement
    May God Bless you Maria

  • Greg Dandeneau says:

    I loved Captain Kirk as a kid. Now as an old man I love William Shatner. His Canadian, small town innocence and kindness exudes honesty, clarity, wisdom and joy. It appears at 90, he has ‘become as the child’ and draws life in daily like breath of fresh air, whether the air holds fear, awe, curiosity or love. I love his humanness and his final message, which, to me, was more about being than doing; being open to life and death rather than trying to control the final years. Absolutely beautiful William. Thank you!🙏🏻

  • Will says:

    Wonderful job, Maria!
    Half the people you’ve picked for this series were already my heroes- so great discernment…’n hey I’m 76 with full crown of curly hair, ya young whippersnapper! Thanks 🙏 so much

  • Mary Fischer says:

    To retain humility and awe as I embrace aging and meet the challenges and opportunities it affords me!

  • Diana says:

    William Shatner is today’s speaker 🤔😕… still… I watched and enjoyed every moment. So inspiring! Glad I said YES!

  • LULU TREVENA says:

    GREAT inspiring information.
    I love the childlike quality of William Shattner. If he is looking to go to lunch with a stranger, I am available LOL

  • Margie says:

    My cardiologist introduced me to a intermittent fasting, low carb, high fat diet and as a type 2 diabetic with autoimmune diseases I was able to get off of insulin and pills and now have an A1c of 5.7 so I know that what these two men are saying really works. This all started around age 70 so it’s never too late. Due to autoimmune diseases I have not been exercising as I should but will try to be more diligent.

  • MJ says:

    Day 4 and I am enjoying waking up and having a couple of hours that inspire my day and my life forward. After tomorrow there will be a hole I will have to fill with my own inspiration to carry forward this wonderful week. Yes, the tools and practical nature of the information, but more importantly how to break the boundaries of a culture that does not respect age and wants to define me. No more asking permission; No more waiting for it to happen “out there”, but instead embracing I have all I need and saying YES is the place to start. Thank you Maria for another great tour today!

  • Vanee says:

    This is wonderful. So inspiring and I saw a William Shatner who is kind, genuine, funny and gentle. Love you both.

  • Maria says:

    Thank you so much Maria and all the speakers! You are an inspiration!

  • jay strozier says:

    Thank you so much, Maria, for producing these enlightening discussions with such exciting personages.
    As a life coach, I am 100% on board with the idea of the importance of connectivity! I also teach mindfulness and it would seem that a meditative practice, reducing stress, would rank highly in living longer as was mentioned in the talk. And of course who could argue against exercise and diet as being important in the aging process. The only additional idea I would offer is in the area of personal psychology all of which of course is enhanced by exercise, diet and quiet. I would add the idea of developing self love, as well. Obviously a comfortable psychological mien should be viewed and touted as one of the primary steps of aging gracefully. Throw in gratefulness and positive demeanor and you have some more pieces of the puzzle. So a positive psychology , and self love and respect should be given equal footing along with exercise, diet, and quiet. Many Bows, Jay

  • Maureen says:

    Enjoyed Lottie Tartell. I think you can out underestimate a happy childhood, genes, money or enough money added to social connections, exercise and diet.
    I want at 69 near 70 just to be disciplined to do what I need to do-drink water, exercise, lose weight, laugh. The biggest challenge livening alone and no children is to do it. Not so much knowing what to do but just to use tiny habits to get on with living tedious at times but like walks or photography or laughs-great when one does it. So yes to the ideas around reframing one’s views and attitude. Whatever works. I like real life models but they are all around us and might like to be interviewed. Lol. This is a good thought trigger-your 5 days.

    • Marilu Fifield says:

      Thank you Maureen for mentioning the “Elephant in The Living Room” all those folks highlighted were from/are White/Wealthy/Well connected POP’S aka People of Privlege and money,hello? Try pulling off all the aforementioned if you’re a retired blue collar worker living on a fixed income.At least Maureen had the honesty to bring it up.Odd how the poster child of the “White/Wealthy/Wellconnected” Ms Shriver failed to point out that critical part of the equation.

  • Diane says:

    As a empty nester whose kids moved far away and don’t care for South Florida, I have a hard time dealing with loneliness. I am 64 this year and retired. I collect Social security as I have worked during high school and held many jobs throughout my life. I was tired of running around for other people and feeling not appreciated. Most of the companies I worked for are no longer in business. I started as a waitress making $1.50/hr, retail stores, banking for 23 years, a state job which at the time Never gave me a raise because their was no money in the budget😀.
    I can not relax at all. Now is the time for me!! I always wanted to be a rockstar but never had the confidence or people who would back me up. I think I will try some piano lessons and try to get into music. Its never too late to start over but I am scared to death of change!

    • Kas says:

      Diane…I can relate. I have had to readjust my budget in retirement. It’s scary. I have one relative living far from me and we keep in touch every day by text and once a week by Facetime. I love seeing her face but it’s those little daily texts that keep me connected. All of my friends have moved away to be with their own families in different states. I value my independence but certainly feel insecure should a medical emergency happen. I have two dogs to keep me company and go on walks with them. I consider them my companions for sure. When I go to town, a 100 mile trip, I watch people. I interact with them any way I can. I look for someone who seems to need help and put myself out there. I comment on something someone is doing that seems wonderful to me. I love that you are thinking of taking piano lessons. Why not enjoy it now! I like to write poetry and have decided to take what art supplies I bought before retirement and make multimedia poetry journals. Why not! It makes me feel better and even if no one sees them but me, I will be pleased! Take that brave heart of your’s and go for it! Put yourself out there if you feel like you can. I am rooting for you with my thoughts.

  • Julie says:

    Maintain a healthy mind and body

  • Faye says:

    Amazing and encouraging info

  • Violet says:

    Watched 1st video- feel renewed!
    My family live long lives & I would like it to continue! 😊 thank you

  • Fran says:

    So last night it came to me after watching for three days and now the fourth….Maria should date John Travolta!!!

  • Marlie Tudor says:

    Maria just wonderful interviews and William is right your a beautiful woman. Blessings and thank you so much for your work. Amen::)

  • Joyce says:

    I love Willian Schatner’s wisdom. “I know nothing.” That is what Socrates is famous for saying. It is profound wisdom in a world when so many people believe they have THE ANSWER and want to sell it to you.

    PS try Lee Holden’s qigong for healthy joints and be amazed – result pushing 80 with all joint pain gone.

  • Joyce says:

    I read Dr. Sinclair’s book. I thought pathetic. He made a comment here that we will find a pill to reverse aging. For the time being, he says take prescription medicine for Diabetes. YIKES!

    Sorry, you did not choose to interview someone like Lee Holden qigong master of 35 years and dr. of Chinese medicine. One of his teachers, age 106, he met in a Park in China. What he learned from her was a longevity practice called Swimming Dragon

    Qigong is a practice for health and longevity going back 4 to 5 thousand years. Can’t patent for money any of the practices. Lee’s 3 times a week zoom classes focusing on medical qigong for health and longevity is only $39 a month US. That is 12 classes with q & a month.

    Instead, you chose a Harvard professor who has and is looking to patent pills. YIKES and a well-off 95-year-old woman who has full-time help.

    However, I related better to Lottie’s down-to-earth approach than the men-wearing gadgets. I thought Lottie was being polite when she was asked about the gadgets these men were wearing. Creepy is what I think. Grounded in fear is how it seems.

    I can’t imagine what the people living in the so-called blue zones would think of this discussion and the idea of running marathons in your 80s to live a healthy long life. YIKES

    PS I started running in the late 1960’s around Mount Royal in Montreal to destress for school. It was not called jogging then. I was called eccentric. I gave it up in 1986 when I got fed up with how it bloomed into a multi-billion dollar sport with clothes, shoes, sports medicine and people running competitively without a drop of joy on their faces.

    • Kal says:

      Joyce , people of the blue zones and others like them were perplexed when they first saw British solders exersizing during WW2. Movement with no worthwhile purpose was alien to them. As told to me by my wise father-in-law many years ago. I love that you have JOY in you name

    • Marilu Fifield says:

      Amen Joyce see my response to Maureen Just more men in lab coats trying to seel a book/product with their agent/shill MsShriver.Never mentioned Dr Paul Farmer a TRUE humanitarian who founded “Partners In health,bringing health care and hope to underserved folks in 3rd world countries his WHOLE life.that’s why HE died so youg,because he put OTHERS well being BEFORE HIS own.

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