The Healthy Boomer: A No-Nonsense Midlife Health Guide for Women and Men

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In North America, some eighty-eight million boomers are facing the physical and personal challenges of midlife. But midlife can also be a time of tremendous vitality, confidence, and joy.

In this comprehensive guide, three experts in midlife health draw on interviews, the latest research, and their own expertise to help men, women, and couples on the journey from midlife turbulence to midlife mastery.

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Overview

In North America, some eighty-eight million boomers are facing the physical and personal challenges of midlife. But midlife can also be a time of tremendous vitality, confidence, and joy.

In this comprehensive guide, three experts in midlife health draw on interviews, the latest research, and their own expertise to help men, women, and couples on the journey from midlife turbulence to midlife mastery.

The Healthy Boomer provides easy-to-use decision-making tools, accurate information, and practical advice on such topics as:

The male and female menopause; how to make a decision about hormone replacement therapy; alternative health care; preventing heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis; prostate health and impotence; healthy relationships and great sex in midlife; anti-aging techniques; weight control, exercise, and healthy eating; the importance of spiritual well-being; handling midlife stress; what to do if you can't remember names any more.

For the many North American boomers who are experiencing midlife challenges, The Healthy Boomer is required and reassuring reading.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“At last I have found my ‘Dr. Spock’ for midlife. The Healthy Boomer answers a lot of questions I have about my health and that of my partner.”
–Mary Jane Sterne, age 53

“As a physician, erstwhile patient, and patient-to-be again in the future, I found this book enormously useful, practical, and trustworthy.…I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
–Dr. James S. Grotstein, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry, U.C.L.A. School of Medicine, Los Angeles, and training and supervision analyst, Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society & Institute

“The generation born between 1946 and 1964, whose motto was ‘Never trust anyone over thirty,’ is suddenly asking questions about hormones, hair loss, heart disease, and what to do with the rest of their lives. The Healthy Boomer has the answers.”
–Gerald Dafoe, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Public Health Association

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780771030505
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Peggy Edwards is an Ottawa-based health promotion consultant and a respected writer, speaker, and commentator on health issues.

Miroslava Lhotsky, M.D., C.C.F.P., is a family physician in Toronto and a strong advocate of preventive medicine. Her interests include nutrition, fitness, obesity, and aging – particularly menopause and other issues of midlife health for men and women.

Judy Turner, Ph.d., C. Psych., is a psychologist in private practice, who works with midlife adults and couples. Drs. Lhotsky and Turner are the founders and directors of the Toronto Midlife Health Institute.

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Table of Contents

Preface xiii
Acknowledgements xix
Part I The Midlife Passage 1
Chapter 1 The Midlife Journey 3
What Is Midlife?
Gender Differences in Midlife
The Baby Boomer's Birthright
Midlife Is a Time of Reckoning: The Journey Begins
The Middle Stage Is Turbulent
The Regeneration
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Chapter 2 Understanding the Female Menopause 15
What Is Menopause?
Each Woman's Experience is Unique
The Physical Experience of Menopause
Common Menopausal Concerns
What about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?
Managing Menopause without HRT
Herbs and Menopause
Historical and Cultural Perspectives on Menopause
From PMS to PMZ
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Chapter 3 Is There a Male Menopause? 42
Clarifying the Terms
What Is the Male Menopause Like?
The Male Menopause and Sexuality
Do Men Need Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Midlife: Crisis or Opportunity?
You Can Overcome the Problems of Male Menopause
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Chapter 4 The Search for the Fountain of Youth 55
Ponce de Leon Must Have Been a Baby Boomer
The Normal Process of Aging
The New Science of Staying Young
Current Theories on Aging
Why Do Women Live Longer than Men?
Quality Is as Important as Quantity
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Part II How to Die Young ... but as Late as Possible 75
Chapter 5 Making Changes That Last! 77
A Holistic View of Health and the Midlife Journey
What Makes People Healthy? What Makes People Sick?
You Don't Need to Kill Yourself to Save Your Life
Making Changes That Last
The Stages of Change Process
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Chapter 6 Wrinkles, Chin Hairs, and Baldness 84
Unrealistic Standards
Healthy Skin for Life
New Help for Wrinkles and Aging Skin
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow?
Male and Female Differences in Midlife
Liking the Person You See in Your Mirror
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Chapter 7 The Active Living Solution 99
The Real Fountain of Youth
Midlife Inaction
The Active Living Solution
The Time-and-Motivation Crunch
Tips for Starting and Sticking with It
From Fat to Fit
Getting Strong
Flat Abs and Back Pain
Flexibility and Aging
Are You Ready for an Active Lifestyle?
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Chapter 8 Food for Thought: Healthy Eating in Midlife 117
Nutrition in Midlife: What's New?
Back to Basics
Eat to Beat Chronic Diseases That Appear After Age Forty
The Vitamin and Mineral Connection
The Phytoestrogen Story
The Skinny on Fat
The Creeping Overweight Syndrome
Coming to Terms with a Middle-Aged Body
What Should You Weigh?
Are You an Apple or a Pear?
Focus on Healthy Behaviours
Be a Savvy Consumer
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Chapter 9 The Boomer's Drugs of Choice 142
The French Paradox
The Pros and Cons of Moderate Drinking
Risky Drinking: How Much Is Too Much?
One More Reason to Butt Out
Why Bother to Quit Now?
How to Quit for Good
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Chapter 10 Growing Apart and Together: Relationships in Midlife 155
Nurturing Intimate Relationships
The Legacy of the Past
An Opportunity for Growth
Ingredients of a Healthy Relationship
Families in Midlife
Friends Are Good Medicine
Helping You Helps Me
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Chapter 11 Enjoying Sex in Midlife 170
Sexual Relationships in Midlife
Effects of Aging on Your Sex Life
When Sexual Desire Wanes
Keeping the Spark Alive
Love Potion Number Nine
Fertility and Birth Control in Midlife
Oh No! I Can't Possibly Have an STD!
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Chapter 12 Dealing with Impotence 190
The Age of Viagra
Impotence and Aging
How Does an Erection Occur?
Determining the Causes of Impotence: Is It My Hormones or My Head?
Impotence and Intimacy
Investigating Impotence
Treatment Options for Persistent Impotence
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Chapter 13 Stress-Proofing in Midlife 205
Midlife Stressors
What Stress Is and Isn't
Stress and the Immune System
The End of an Illusion: Work-Related Stress in Midlife
Burnout!
Is Retirement Good for Your Health?
Taking Stock: How Stressed Am I?
The Fine Art of Stress-Proofing
Getting in Touch with the Relaxation Response
Improving Your Relationship with Stress
Tips to Shift Your Energy
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Chapter 14 Now Where Did I Put Those Glasses? 223
Understanding Memory
What Causes Memory Loss?
Estrogen and the Female Brain
Memory and Midlife Men
Alzheimer Disease and Other Dementias
Is It Alzheimer Disease?: Ten Warning Signs
What Helps
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Chapter 15 When Times Are Tough: Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia 236
Midlife Blues
Understanding Mood Disorders
Some Answers to Key Questions
Anxiety Disorders
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (I Hope!)
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Part III An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure 263
Chapter 16 Partners in Health Care 265
Who's in Charge Here Anyway?
The Doctor Will Hear You Now
What about Psychotherapy?
An Ounce of Prevention
Testing, Testing: What to Expect at Your Midlife Check-Up
Using the Internet to Learn More
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Chapter 17 Keep Your Bones Strong 282
Bone Basics
Gender Differences in Bone Health
Are You at Risk for Developing Osteoporosis?
Testing for Osteoporosis
Maintaining Bone Health
Therapies for Osteoporosis
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Chapter 18 Prostate Health 300
Prostate Problems and Aging
The Prostate Gland: Growing Pains
Diagnosing Prostate Problems
Do I Have a Prostate Problem?
Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
Prostatitis
Prostate Cancer
Keeping Your Prostate Healthy
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Chapter 19 Breast Health 319
Aging and Your Breasts
Breast Anatomy
Understanding Your Risk for Breast Cancer
Promoting Breast Health with a Positive Lifestyle
Preventing Breast Cancer with Drugs
Detecting Breast Cancer Early
Mammography
What Happens If You Find a Lump?
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Chapter 20 You Gotta Have Heart! 336
The Heart of the Matter
Male and Female Heart Disease: Is There a Gender Bias?
What Is Your Risk for Coronary Heart Disease?
Understanding Blood Pressure
Understanding Blood Fats and Cholesterol: Which One Did You Say Was the Bad One?
Reducing Your Risk Factors
Warning Signs: Get Help Fast!
Heart and the Emotions
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Chapter 21 Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): The Big Decision 356
Each Woman Is Unique
An Introduction to Hormones and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
The Advantages of HRT
HRT Is Not for Everyone
HRT and Breast Cancer
A Question of Risks and Benefits
How to Use the HRT Decision-Making Guide
More Choices: How Should I Take HRT?
Emerging Trends
Alternatives to Hormones
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Chapter 22 Complementary and Alternative Medicine Is Coming on Strong 381
The Growing Popularity of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
Why Are People Attracted to CAM?
Western Medicine Has Concerns
Complementary and Alternative Therapies: Some of Your Options
The Bottom Line
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Part IV Looking Ahead ... 399
Chapter 23 Body, Mind, and Soul 401
Spirituality and the Boomers
What Is Spirituality?
Spirituality Is Good for Your Health
Practising Spirituality in Day-to-Day Life
Contacts and Further Information
Related Chapters in This Book
Conclusion: The Time of Your Life 411
A Final Word 413
Notes 415
Index 442
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