The New Face of Aging

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Look for Roger Burke in the Gulf of Mexico, swimming a mile or two before breakfast. If you don't find him there, take to the highway. He's bound to be out there somewhere, in the middle of a ten-mile run, or a 30-mile bike ride. At age 64, Burke is a living legend among tri-athletes around Sarasota, Florida. He is also one of the most highly developed senior athletes presented in the pages of The New Face of Aging. But he represents just one approach to the art of living well as a senior, just one example in a ...
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2001 Hard cover Illustrated. New in fine dust jacket. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 170 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade.

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Look for Roger Burke in the Gulf of Mexico, swimming a mile or two before breakfast. If you don't find him there, take to the highway. He's bound to be out there somewhere, in the middle of a ten-mile run, or a 30-mile bike ride. At age 64, Burke is a living legend among tri-athletes around Sarasota, Florida. He is also one of the most highly developed senior athletes presented in the pages of The New Face of Aging. But he represents just one approach to the art of living well as a senior, just one example in a book filled with role models and inspirational figures. Together they prove that there are many ways to reach health and happiness in an active lifestyle.

Jackie and Arthur Murphy of Long Island, New York, thrive on the competition and camaraderie they find as avid shuffleboard players. The Green Table Gang of Bolingbrook, Illinois, gathers to play table tennis every week. The competition is intense, but the friendships are even deeper. And when they travel to face other teams around the Midwest, they almost always rise to the top. In California, the Silver Streaks women's softball team pioneered the game for seniors in the San Francisco Bay area. The team has provided a place for very accomplished athletes - including an Olympian from the 1960 games - to continue to make sport a part of their lives. These stories are just a few of the two-dozen profiles of active seniors that reveal The New Face of Aging. Though each athlete follows an individual path, all find themselves at the same destination: a happier and healthier way of life. Here they share their histories and their wisdom about the keys to vital aging, including diet, exercise, and the benefit of supportive relationships.

Along with these true life stories, The New Face of Aging offers the latest demographic and scientific news to show that today's seniors are indeed a healthier, more vital generation. The fact is illness, isolation, and inactivity are not the norms of old age. Indeed, the vast majority of people over 65 live in their own homes and enjoy good health. More than 40 percent say they are enjoying the best years of their lives. As authors of the The Best Medicine, Magee and D'Antonio showed that there is hope and compassion in the doctor-patient relationship. Here they offer readers the same sense of hope about aging, and the stories and data to prove that such optimism is warranted. If you want to feel good about the future, about your future, look no further.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781889793085
  • Publisher: Pfizer/Spencer Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction: The New Era 1
I. Ordinary Heroes 11
Vaccinated Against Depression 12
Where Did the Day Go? 17
Always an Athlete 24
Girls Play Sports 29
Faith, Love, and Bowling 35
II. Wave Makers 41
Strong as a Horse 42
Side Order of Humor 48
Un-plain Jane 54
The Shy Medallist 60
III. Iron Men 67
Iron Man 68
Finding the Passion 76
Diet, Exercise, and Faith 83
From Adversity to Opportunity 90
IV. Iron Women 97
The Right Place, The Right People 98
Meeting Challenges 104
Running With Love 108
V. Queens of the Diamond 117
Always a Ball Player 118
Twice an Olympian 124
Performance Not Excuses 129
The "Energizer Bunny" 134
Never Too Old to Play 139
VI. The Green Table Gang 145
Spirit of the Survivor 146
Mr. Fun 152
Sport as Therapy 157
Summary: Thinking About Tomorrow 165
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