Mastering Aging: Read this interview with Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara

Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara worked into his 100s. KYODO/Reuters

Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara worked into his 100s. KYODO/Reuters

I’d like to share an article from 2009 with you. It is an interview with Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, an expert on aging and a dedicated physician who created excellence in medicine and in life. I would have loved to have interviewed Dr. Hinohara for this blog, but he passed away on July 18 of this year at the age of 105.  He worked tirelessly until just weeks before his death, and believed that, “Until one is 60 years old, it is easy to work for one’s family and to achieve one’s goals. But in our later years, we should strive to contribute to society.” Despite a stellar, long career in medicine, Dr. Hinohara cautioned against knee-jerk medical interventions:  “Contrary to popular belief, doctors can’t cure everyone. So why cause unnecessary pain with surgery? I think music and animal therapy can help more than most doctors imagine.” 

As you revel in this wise man’s advice for happy long life, bear in mind that he was 97 years old at the time of the interview. His advice is grounded, solid, and worth hearing. Here is the interview from the Japan Times, conducted by reporter Judit Kawaguchi. (Click on Japan Times logo.)

Note: Dr. Hinohara references an inspirational poem by Robert Browning, entitled “Abt Vogler”.  You can find the poem online here.