Age Smart: Discovering the Fountain of Youth at Midlife and Beyond

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Americans are embracing an entirely new way of aging: one that's based on staying productive, staying active, and staying young in body and mind. Jeffrey A. Rosensweig and Betty Liu share strategies for bringing together all the elements of a long, happy, fulfilling, connected life. Starting today, you'll learn how to take advantage of the latest sciences of health and longevity... leverage today's most powerful techniques for protecting your financial security... find or keep the work you love... pursue a path ...

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Overview

Americans are embracing an entirely new way of aging: one that's based on staying productive, staying active, and staying young in body and mind. Jeffrey A. Rosensweig and Betty Liu share strategies for bringing together all the elements of a long, happy, fulfilling, connected life. Starting today, you'll learn how to take advantage of the latest sciences of health and longevity... leverage today's most powerful techniques for protecting your financial security... find or keep the work you love... pursue a path to deepen your own personal spirituality, whatever form it may take. No Pink Pants is packed with easy-to-use tips and guidelines for everything from your portfolio to your medical insurance. The heart of the book: intimate interviews with individuals celebrated for what they've learned about getting better with age: powerful role models ranging from Jimmy Carter to Helen Gurley Brown, Robert Mondavi to C. Everett Koop. Learn from their experiences; then use this book's easy worksheets to take control of your own future!

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“It’s not about staying young, but aging well. Rosensweig and Liu, a finance professor and a business journalist, respectively, offer a “holistic approach to aging smart,” just as the Baby Boomer generation begins to reach retirement age. The authors artfully combine factual health and financial information with spiritual and inspirational suggestions (as seen in chapters like “Practice Optimism” and “Nurturing Your Soul”) to comprise a comprehensive strategy for getting the most out of your senior years. Incorporated into the text are the perspectives of aging experts, including psychologists, anthropologists and medical scientists. More interesting are the inspirational stories from successful and famous people—including Jimmy Carter and longtime Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown—who are still creative, energetic and productive at age 60, 70, even 80+. Readers will also benefit from the solid financial advice in the closing chapters, which include practical information on saving, investing taxes and more. Those in their middle and upper years will appreciate this upbeat guide to aging happily and healthily.”

--Kirkus Reports

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132736787
  • Publisher: PH Professional Business
  • Publication date: 4/11/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Rosensweig is a finance professor at Emory University. A Ph.D. who studied at MIT and a frequent commentator on national television and at keynote lectures, he studies economic and aging trends and their impact on business and investing strategy. A member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, he resides in Atlanta.

Betty Liu is an on-air correspondent for CNBC Asia. An award-winning business journalist, Betty spent the last ten years as a reporter for The Financial Times and Dow Jones Newswires writing about economic and social trends. Raised in Philadelphia, she is currently residing in Hong Kong.

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ForewordForeword

I recently received one of the best compliments. A long-time member of our fitness center and Cooper Clinic patient, Fan Benno, wrote me a note after she won a 3,000 meter walking event for women over 85 years of age (she is 87). She wrote, "Because of you, Dr. Cooper, I forgot to grow old." Wouldn't it be nice if we could all forget to grow old?

Not a day goes by when we don't hear about another anti-aging strategy, or a new product or idea that claims to have found the "fountain of youth." No, there is not a magic pill that will instantly make you young, but there is a powerful weapon that when used consistently will let you live a long, full, healthy life—exercise.

A favorite phrase of mine comes from legendary pitcher and humorist Leroy "Satchel" Paige: "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?" I could fill pages with examples of people just like Fan who disregard the candles on their birthday cake. One is a 91-year-old man who performs frequently at Cypress Gardens in Florida, waterskiing barefoot on one foot while holding the handle in his mouth. It is impressive to see him whizzing by in all yellow, but even more amazing is that "Banana" George Blair did not start waterskiing until he was past 40 years of age. He even took up a new sport at the age of 75—snowboarding.

"Banana" George is a perfect contradiction to the old adage, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." Research shows that even moderate activity, when done regularly, can yield major health benefits at any age. The benefits include a reduced risk of chronicdiseases, improved mental health, and enhanced physical functioning. Most sedentary people, at any age, who add 30 minutes of physical activity to their day will decrease their body fat and see improvements in their blood pressure, blood glucose, and blood cholesterol. Exercise can counteract muscle weakness and frailty in older individuals, and it delays the onset of disabilities and life-threatening diseases.

I encourage everyone who reads Age Smart to look at the other examples of individuals who have not only defied the traditional definition of aging, but embraced a new definition. . . one that does not limit our physical and mental abilities simply by the advancing of years.

And remember, it is fascinating to know that one can grow healthier as one grows older and not necessarily the reverse. Who determines that? You do! To slow down the aging process, eliminate these things: cigarette smoking, inactivity, obesity, and (as much as possible) stress.

Finally, I wish you a long, healthy, and active life, and if you follow these recommendations, I can almost guarantee it.

Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H Founder, President, and CEO, Cooper Aerobics Center

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xv

Introduction xvii

Chapter 1: Just Say No to Pink Pants 1

PART I: YOUR BODY 23

Chapter 2: No Excuses! Exercising Is Key to Staying Young 25

Chapter 3: Eat the Right Stuff 43

PART II: YOUR MIND 69

Chapter 4: Taking Care of Your Brain 71

Chapter 5: Staying Curious 81

Chapter 6: Practice Optimism 97

PART III: YOUR SOUL 113

Chapter 7: Nurturing Your Soul 115

Chapter 8: Socialize Your Way to Health 121

Chapter 9: Having Purpose 133

PART IV: YOUR MONEY AND YOUR JOB 147

Chapter 10: Don’t Let the Money Control You: Saving Smart for Lifelong Security and Success 149

Chapter 11: Growing Your Wealth: Investing Well 159

Chapter 12: To Defer (or Not to Defer) Taxes 173

Chapter 13: Get Out of the Dilbert Syndrome: When a Second Career Just Might Be the Answer 181

Conclusion 205

Appendix: The Baby Boomer Factor and Life Expectancy 211

Index 223

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Glad it was free...

    I was excited & intrigued to read this book until page 27. The statement that getting Type 1 Diabetes is based entirely upon how you live is, at the very least misleading if not inaccurate. As the parent of a child with type 1 diabetes it offends me. I am wondering if it was simply a typo but have no desire to finish the book. Any credibility it held for me in pages 1-26 cannot be recaptured. As a consumer, I AM glad it was free. That makes deleting less painful. (Apparently this won't post without rating it at least 1 star.)

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    Posted August 9, 2006

    Required Reading

    Great guidebook for anyone interested in 'LIVING.' Informative, entertaining, and motivating all in one read. Probably should be required reading for incoming freshman at University. Would have a more lasting impact and retention than most books found on traditional 'required reading' lists. Don Lichtenstein, PhD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2006

    Age Smart is a breath of fresh air when it comes to books on aging

    Whenever the conversation turns to middle age, it is readily apparent that today¿s baby boomers are not their mothers or fathers. Emory Finance Professor, Jeffrey Rosensweig and co-author Betty Liu, an award-winning author and on-air personality took this in account, in Age-Smart-Discovering the Fountain of Youth to Midlife and Beyond. In their just released book, the authors look at finances, spirituality, health and well being as well as other issues that affect aging. With an abundance of `sensory¿ caffeine that rejuvenates the spirit, this easy-to read and-follow book shares tips about living longer and ultimately smarter, as such noted individuals as Roger Staubach, Helen Gurley Brown, Robert Mondavi, Andrew Young and others invite readers to re-think how they `see¿ growing older. Unlike many other books on aging, Age Smart is a `breath of fresh air¿ and I was indeed honored to be asked to contribute to what I predict will be an invaluable resource for many years to come. Carol Gee, author of The Venus Chronicles and Diary of a `Flygirl¿ Wannabe

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