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Everyone ages. Not everyone ages well. Aging Wisely explains that much of what happens to our minds and bodies as we grow older depends on our approach to life and our attitudes and feelings about ourselves. Though there are elements beyond our control, we must take advantage of those things we can control while dealing competently with adversity. In describing the impact of aging and various conditions associated with the aging process upon our minds and bodies, Aging Wisely provides readers with the knowledge needed to fight back and maximize their relevance and independence. It emphasizes the importance of maintaining the quality of our lives in addition to longevity, for survival alone does not matter if the quality of survival is poor. To age successfully, we must find satisfaction and pleasure in what we do in the time available to us.
Here, Robert A. Levine explores how attitudes about aging, and quality of life, can affect the process of aging. He suggests that maintaining a good attitude is a key element to aging well, reminding readers that aside from illnesses and random events, we are in control of our lives. Through personal accounts and real stories from mid-lifers and older people, the various issues associated with the aging process are addressed in an easy-to-follow way to allow people to understand the choices they have, and the decisions they may have to make, when faced with common diseases of aging. Levine devotes chapters to discussing the various illnesses that people can face in their older years and strategies for leading fulfilling lives while reducing their risk of physical and cognitive decline. He considers ageism and its impact on society, and he discusses how advances in science and technology will affect how people age in the future. Levine offers helpful consideration of aging for readers who are preparing themselves for what lies ahead, allowing them to then confront aging with the advantage of being ready.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Robert A. Levine, MD, is former chief of neurology at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut and retired clinical professor at Yale University. He has authored three other books, Aging with Attitude, Shock Therapy for the American Health Care System, and Defying Dementia (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010).
Table of Contents
2: The Baby Boomers- Aging Reluctantly
3: The Greatest Generation and the Silent Generation- Life Before the Baby Boomers
4: The Impact of Time and the Aging Process
5: Knowing Your Enemies- Diseases and Disorders Common With Aging
6: Loss- Aging’s Companion
7: Ageism- The Marginalization of Older People
8: The Quest- Strategies for Control
9: It’s In Your Hands- Additional Strategies
10: What the Future Holds- Aging in the New Millennium
11: Doing It Your Way- Preparing For Life’s End
12: Observations and Conclusions
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Aging Wisely by Robert A. Levine is a unique take on human development and aging in the 21st century. It sheds light on the various aspects of generational thinking to sharpen our understanding of one another. Everyone should read this book, as all of us are going to age. In addition, this book will also help younger people relate to those who are older and wiser; will assist people in taking care of their aging parents; and will encourage all of us to take care of our bodies and minds so we, too, “age wisely”. Dr. Levine’s perspective on taking responsibility for oneself, our attitudes, and actions is refreshing in a time where so many people are eager to blame something or someone else for their problems. Dr. Levine challenges us all to rise above adversity with a positive attitude. While we cannot control when tragedy strikes, such as a serious illness, we can determine how we cope, and he empowers the reader to do so. Dr. Levine provides practical advice on staying healthy and staying positive, speaking from his own experience and keen observation of his patients and society at large.
I am extremely impressed with the practical advice for seniors and baby boomers offered by Dr. Levine in this book. He shows us how we can control and even, to a certain extent, enjoy the aging process, instead of succumbing to the decline, loss, and stigma commonly associated with aging. Dr. Levine's style is lively and readable and even humorous in parts -- quite a feat for this subject matter. Besides my own copy, I've already purchased copies as gifts for two friends, who say they look forward to reading it. This is going to be my go-to gift this season whenever I want to give a present to a baby boomer or senior. It is suitable for all of us.