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Finding Your Purpose at Any Age: Life Lessons from 103-Year-Old Dr Gladys McGarey

by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee   /  June 12, 2024

At the age of 103, not only is today’s guest the oldest I’ve ever welcomed onto my podcast, but she’s also the oldest returning guest, too!

Dr Gladys McGarey is the co-founder of the American Holistic Medical Association and the author of the fantastic book ‘The Well-Lived Life: A 103-Year-Old Doctor’s Six Secrets to Health and Happiness at Every Age.’ She began her medical practice at a time when women couldn’t even own their own bank accounts, and over the past sixty years, she’s pioneered a new way of thinking about disease and health that’s transformed the way we imagine health care and self-care around the world.

In this wonderful and uplifting conversation, and with her trademark humour and compassion, Gladys offers profound insights on living with purpose, navigating adversity and finding healing within ourselves. 

We explore how to avoid living with regrets, the importance of parents truly listening to and supporting their children and finding your unique purpose that ‘feeds your soul’. We also look at how we can bring a more positive attitude to negative experiences and how Gladys lives by what she calls her “5 Ls” – life, love, laughter, labour and listening.

Still thriving at 103, she embodies staying curious, adaptable and active. During our conversation, she shares her views on ageing, believing in ‘ageing into health’ rather than ‘anti-ageing.’ She also stresses the importance of doctors listening to – and loving – their patients but that it’s ultimately us who are responsible for our own healing.

Gladys’s century of life experiences has something to offer everyone. Her wisdom will inspire you to reflect on your own purpose, face life’s challenges with resilience and make the most of the years ahead.

It was an honour to speak to Gladys again and have such a deep and honest conversation with her. I hope you enjoy listening to her as much as I did. Her playfulness, humour, and can-do attitude remind us that it’s never too late to learn, grow and make a positive impact on the world around us.

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The Well-Lived Life: A 102-Year-Old Doctor’s Six Secrets to Health and Happiness at Every Age

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Dr. Rangan Chatterjee MbChB, BSc (Hons), MRCP, MRCGP