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Seven Strategies for Positive Aging: Strategies to Promote Well-Being in Old Age

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Overview

Filled with practical and effective strategies, skill-building techniques, and advice based on the most recent research on the psychology of aging, Dr. Hill demonstrates how people can help themselves age productively and positively.
A practical companion to Robert Hill’s Positive Aging: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals and Consumers, Seven Strategies for Positive Aging presents essential tactics that encourage the development of positive aging skills. In Positive Aging, Dr. Hill challenged traditional conceptions about aging and offered a new theoretical framework for understanding the nature of aging. He argued that “Positive Agers” can be found everywhere, and come from all walks of life. They find satisfaction in life regardless of their personal circumstances. By adopting affirmative lifestyle choices and positive spirituality, they are able to age well.
In his new book, Robert Hill explains how anyone can adopt and develop positive aging skills. Dr. Hill has drawn upon the theoretical perspective first presented in Positive Aging to develop practical exercises and techniques that are easily accessible to the reader interested in discovering how best to adapt to the aging process. The reader will discover meaning through lifespan learning, learn how to transform age-related decline, and find out how to employ the principles of continuity in order to feel good about oneself, even during challenging times. The reader will also learn how to apply “meaning-centered” techniques of belonging, altruism, gratitude, and forgiveness in his or her own life, in order to enhance emotional health. These techniques are organized into seven distinct chapters: Learning, Meaning, Wisdom, Belonging, Helping, Gratitude, and Forgiveness.

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Editorial Reviews

John Nelson
“An increasing number of books address human aging. Some are scholarly descriptions of the physical and mental decline that accompanies aging. Many more are popular prescriptions for avoiding that decline, with formulas for keeping physically or mentally younger. Robert Hill takes a different approach. First he confirms that aging, and even decline, are inevitable. But then he suggests that maturation is the completion of life. And most importantly, he offers strategies for making the most of one’s later years. Seven Strategies for Positive Aging can help you optimize this experience for yourself, for those you care about, or for your professional clientele.”
John Nelson
“An increasing number of books address human aging. Some are scholarly descriptions of the physical and mental decline that accompanies aging. Many more are popular prescriptions for avoiding that decline, with formulas for keeping physically or mentally younger. Robert Hill takes a different approach. First he confirms that aging, and even decline, are inevitable. But then he suggests that maturation is the completion of life. And most importantly, he offers strategies for making the most of one’s later years. Seven Strategies for Positive Aging can help you optimize this experience for yourself, for those you care about, or for your professional clientele.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393705232
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Norton Professional Bks.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 822,996
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Robert D. Hill has studied issues of normal and pathological aging internationally at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and in the Netherlands through a Fulbright Fellowship at Maastricht University where he developed and wrote Positive Aging. A licensed psychologist in the State of Utah and the Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah, he holds a diplomate in Counseling Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
Strategy #1: You Can Find Meaning in Old Age     1
Strategy #2: You're Never Too Old to Learn     23
Strategy #3: You Can Use the Past to Cultivate Wisdom     43
Strategy #4: You Can Strengthen Life-Span Relationships     67
Strategy #5: By Giving and Receiving Help, You Promote Growth     91
Strategy #6: You Can Forgive Yourself and Others     112
Strategy #7: You Can Possess a Grateful Attitude     128
Epilogue: Putting the Seven Strategies for Positive Aging Together     145
References     149
Index     155
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