Dr. Robert N. Butler is the President and CEO of the International Longevity Center. Whether through his many appearances in front of the United States Congress, or his hundreds of interviews with the media, Dr. Butler has worked tirelessly for decades to push population-aging issues into the public discourse. As a gerontologist and psychiatrist, Dr. Butler recognized discrimination against the elderly as early as 1968, coining the term "ageism." Eight years later, the publication of his Pulitzer-prize-winning "Why Survive? Being Old in America" solidified his reputation as someone who foresaw the impact that aging would have on American society. A founding director of the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, as well as the nation's first department of geriatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Butler often consults for television and radio. He is the author of some 300 scientific and medical articles. Source: The International Longevity Center
Question: What is the relationship between mind and body?
Robert Butler: Well, the Romans knew 2000 years ago, sound mind is a sound body. So, if you have good physical activity, you are apt to have good mental activity and in fact that is one of the reasons I have a walking group. So that each Saturday and Sunday morning we walk together, which helps us to walk 5 or 6 miles and to keep us in good shape, mentally and physically.
Recorded on: Mar 17 2008