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Aging with Attitude: Growing Older with Dignity and Vitality

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The Rolling Stones (now in their 60s) have sung to us for years about what a drag it is getting old, but it doesn't have to be that way. Despite living in a youth-oriented society, many of the aged patients seen by Dr. Levine have kept their emotional zest, intellectual zeal, and empowering dignity. Levine points out well-known public figures who are clearly aging with dignity and vitality. The neurologist author shows steps we can take to age while retaining these qualities, defying a society that challenges ...

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Overview

The Rolling Stones (now in their 60s) have sung to us for years about what a drag it is getting old, but it doesn't have to be that way. Despite living in a youth-oriented society, many of the aged patients seen by Dr. Levine have kept their emotional zest, intellectual zeal, and empowering dignity. Levine points out well-known public figures who are clearly aging with dignity and vitality. The neurologist author shows steps we can take to age while retaining these qualities, defying a society that challenges this quest. Living longer is not enough for most of us: we don't want to just survive. The quality of our life as we age is most important, and much of that depends on our attitudes and approach. The text includes strategies to optimize self-esteem as well as health, including attention to nurtrition, exercise, health care, education and mind stimulation, sexuality, social activities, and cosmetics and cosmetic surgery.

Readers are shown the physiological facts of aging, from cellular to systemic changes. The most common diseases in old age are described, and actions are suggested to avoid many of the diseases. Levine also explores how the disorders change abilities and self-perception.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275981730
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT LEVINE, M.D., served as Chief of Neurology at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Connecticut, for 22 years, and is now in private practice. He is also Associate Clinical Professor at Yale University School of Medicine.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Introduction 1
2 The consequences of time : how the aging process affects us 15
3 Understanding the enemy : the diseases and disorders associated with aging 31
4 The luck of the draw : how age and disease can rob us of dignity and vitality 59
5 Aging and loss : what it means in terms of dignity and vitality 75
6 Ageism : society's attempt of deny dignity to older people 99
7 Taking charge : strategies in the quest for dignity and vitality 117
8 It's never too late : additional strategies in the quest for dignity and vitality 145
9 Over the horizon : aging in the new millennium 175
10 Observations and conclusions 193
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2004

    Excellent read

    Easy to read and very informative. Well worth the price

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2004

    A template for successful aging

    Preparing for my imminent retirement I found Dr. Levine's book not only instructional but inspirational.His suggestions and advice on how to proceed with life's challenges as we grow older are 'spot on'. I am truly enthuised by the prospects ahead of me. Well done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2004

    Wisdom and Understanding for the Aging Process

    In his book Aging With Attitude, Dr. Levine identifies the aging process and its related problems. To the non expert he explains in practicle terms the causes of aging and offers suggestions to improve on the quality of life at various stages. His in depth suggestions for keeping active based on the individuals state of health show deep understanding of problems encountered as the life process continues. His suggestion to take charge of our lives keeping active physically and mentally to the best of our ability is sound advice. He offers suggestions to all who are able and beyond. Dr. Levine shows the wisdom that has come from being a Neurologist and treating patients for the last 35 plus years. I especially enjoyed the middle chapters which explained the problems and offered in depth solutions showing the kindness and understanding the author has.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2004

    Inspirational and Hopeful

    Despite the uphill battle we all feel that the aging process brings upon us, Dr. Levine gives us how to's and steps to help combat the feelings of loss and despair. Our older years can be fabulous if we do a few relatively easy steps/tasks as outlined by Dr. Levine. Great book for all to read, despite your current age!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2004

    Finally, Some Clear Directions For Aging

    Infants don't come with any, neither do adolescence or middle age. But now, thanks to Dr. Levine's book, there are a set of clear-cut directions for successfully navigating those years, which follow middle age. Levine has paved a wide path that, when followed, can turn everyone's aging years, into a more exciting journey; one filled with maximum health, activity and discovery. Everyone over 40 should have a copy and refer to it early, and often.

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