IGA037: Aging Differences: Men vs. Women: Who Wins??


This episode digs into many topics (tangents??) as Lee takes a journey into exploring the different ways men and women age. He goes into detail about why these gender differences may exist and/or what may be causing them. Lee builds a solid case for his ending conclusion that women have to bare a greater burden in how our culture has depicted aging. Along the way to these conclusions, Lee talks about how “Placebos” have been used to influence our thinking, and the trickery of statistics, both of which provide intriguing side notes that contribute to a deeper understanding. This is definitely one for those who may be more intellectually inclined. But even if you find this level of detail boring, there are enough chuckles here to make it worth your while.

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What You Will Learn About In This Episode:

  • What are Lee’s four F’s of Life?
  • The trickery of Statistic and why stats should never be trusted.
  • What is “Cultural Placebo”?
  • Why learning about gender differences in aging is useful.

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Problems hidden by Statistical Data

The following videos (taken from YouTube) explain and demonstrate many of the concerns mentioned in this episode in interpreting statistical conclusions. These two videos will open the door to other information and links for continued exploration and learning in this area.

Very clear explanation and examples of Simpson’s Paradox.

This video gives several examples where statistical approaches yield entirely the wrong result.

The Placebo Effect

Start your research and exploration into this area with the following links and resources. From here, depending on your interests, you will find other avenues to follow for further reading or viewing.

“If you tell a person they have just rubbed against poison ivy, when they really have not, many of them will develop some kind of rash.”

Stanford professor, athlete, and psychologist Alia Crum investigate how our mindset can affect health behaviors and outcomes.

Although this video doesn’t mention cultural stereotypes as a form of placebo, it does give many eye-opening placebo forms you may not have considered before.

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  1. Lee, I am so glad to have found your podcast. You obviously do huge amounts of research and deeply care about your audience. I am 65, female, and retired. I have noticed physical changes, of course, but still remain very active. I confess that I am sometimes shocked by how “old” I look, depending on the lighting and the mirror (but will never get botox, etc., and made a decision not to color my hair)! My biggest concern is building a good, loving social network. We have moved twice in the last 4 years (across country each time) and I am having a difficult time making friends (we’ve been here 11 months). My husband doesn’t feel the urgency I do about doing this; he is more content to be only with me. I do NOT mean he’s possessive, but content — I think it’s exactly what you address about differences in men and women. Also, I am a true extrovert and he is an introvert which magnifies this issue. Unfortunately, growing up in the 50’s didn’t provide me with a good model of women having social outlets outside of the home, so I tend to feel guilty and reticent about making those overtures. However, I am doing all that I can, and hope my husband will forge ahead, too. Take care!

    • Hello May,
      What you describe is, unfortunately, a common problem. Indeed, I can see this in my own life. Building a good, loving social network is of paramount importance as my own life is also demonstrating. Although I wouldn’t consider myself to be an extrovert, I enjoy engaging with people. And I too have moved over the past year and will be establishing my footing over the next year or two. Good friends are so valuable, but establishing those friendships can be difficult. I am solving the same problem and journaling about it. I hope to turn that journaling into a podcast episode to share this problem (and some of the options for resolution) with my audience. You are invited to stay in touch with me, and perhaps your story, as well as mine and others will be a feature of a future podcast episode for us all to learn from.

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