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Living Well: Taking Care of Yourself in the Middle and Later Years

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Advances in medical care allow us to live longer, but to enjoy life we need to stay healthy. Completely revised and updated, Living Well presents a thorough but manageable program for keeping in good mental and physical shape as we grow older. In Part I, Dr. James Fries includes the most up-to-date medical information about how many diseases associated with aging-such as osteoarthritis, diabetes, and atherosclerosis-can be avoided or put off with the latest medication and alternative treatment options. Part II ...
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Overview


Advances in medical care allow us to live longer, but to enjoy life we need to stay healthy. Completely revised and updated, Living Well presents a thorough but manageable program for keeping in good mental and physical shape as we grow older. In Part I, Dr. James Fries includes the most up-to-date medical information about how many diseases associated with aging-such as osteoarthritis, diabetes, and atherosclerosis-can be avoided or put off with the latest medication and alternative treatment options. Part II addresses many other challenges that people in their middle and later years face-from planning for retirement, to keeping your mind active, to maintaining a healthy sex life, to writing a will. Finally, Part III provides easy-to-use decision charts- on everything from hip pain to incontinence to diet and exercise-that quickly help determine whether professional intervention is necessary or whether home treatment will suffice. Comprehensive and accessible, Living Well is the essential reference for promoting a long, happy, and healthy life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738209555
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 1,443,969
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


James F. Fries, M.D., is Professor of Medicine at Stanford University.
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Table of Contents

To the Reader xiii
Preface xiv
How to Use This Book xv
Acknowledgments xvi
Part I Vitality and Aging 1
Chapter 1 Aging Versus Vitality 2
The Bad News: You Can't Live Forever 4
Better News: You Will Probably Live Longer Than You Think 7
The Best News: You Can Stay Vital 8
Principal Principles 15
Chapter 2 Avoiding Fatal Illnesses 18
Prevention of Specific Diseases 21
Atherosclerosis 21
Cancer 24
Emphysema (COPD) 26
Cirrhosis 27
Diabetes 27
Trauma 28
The Limits of Prevention 29
Chapter 3 Avoiding Nonfatal Diseases 32
Osteoarthritis 33
Back Problems 34
Hernias 35
Hemorrhoids 35
Varicose Veins 36
Thrombophlebitis 36
Gallbladder Disease 37
Ulcers 38
Bladder Infections 38
Dental Problems 39
Prevention of Surgery 40
Chapter 4 Avoiding Some of the Problems of Aging 41
Osteoporosis 42
Falls and Fractures 43
Medication Side Effects 44
Cataracts 45
Corneal Opacification 46
Hearing Loss 46
Memory Loss 47
Dependence 47
Using Your Master Plan for a Better Life 48
Chapter 5 Reject the Stereotype 49
Facing the Stereotype 51
Senior Pride 51
Chapter 6 The Psychology of Healthy Aging: Choices, Coping, Optimization, and Growth 55
Avoid Learned Helplessness 57
Develop Self-efficacy 58
Choose the Right Coping Strategies 59
Optimize Selectively and Compensate 59
Use the Life Cycle to Your Advantage 61
Growth 63
Part II The Essential Strategies for Living Well 65
Chapter 7 Five Keys to a Healthy Senior Lifestyle 66
Exercise 67
Diet and Nutrition 74
Smoking 81
Alcohol 84
Obesity 84
Other Health Habits 87
Chapter 8 The Doctor 88
Choosing the Right Doctor 88
Negotiating a Plan 92
The Checkup 95
Chapter 9 Medications 98
Your Defense Mechanisms 98
The Declining Dose Requirement--A Central Principle 100
Multiple Problems and Multiple Medications 102
Cutting Back 103
Vitamins and Minerals 104
A Word on Water 105
The Bottom Line 106
Chapter 10 The Healthy Head 107
Jogging the Memory 108
Exercising the Mind 112
Fighting Depression 114
Wisdom 115
Chapter 11 Senior Sexuality 116
Changes with Age 116
The Woman 117
The Man 118
The Situation 119
Chapter 12 The Healthy Home 121
Ease and Routine: The Yearly Inventory 121
Protection Against Injury: The Safety Inventory 123
Chapter 13 Retirement 127
Options 128
Finances 132
Chapter 14 Completing the Plan: Advance Directives 143
The Living Will 147
The Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care 148
The Durable Power of Attorney for Financial/Asset Management 149
The Last Will and Testament 150
The Easy Way Out 152
Completing the Plan 153
Chapter 15 Surviving Chronic Illness with Style: Secondary Prevention 154
Compensation, not Coping 155
Arthritis 157
Osteoporosis 160
High Blood Pressure 163
Diabetes 167
Congestive Heart Failure (Heart Failure, CHF) 169
Emphysema (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, COPD) 172
Alzheimer's Disease 174
Succeeding with Chronic Illness 176
Walking 303
Climbing Stairs 306
Sleeping 308
Part IV Data 311
Appendix A Some Surprising Statistics 313
Appendix B For Further Reading 346
Index 351
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