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Aging with Attitude

Growing Older with Dignity and Vitality

by Robert Levine

 

Explains the physiological realities of aging and describes how they are compounded by ageism in the United States, affecting one's pride and self-worth, and guides readers to take positive steps for retaining health, dignity, and vitality through their later years.

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May 2004

Praeger

Pages 240
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Psychology/General

The Rolling Stones (now in their 60s) have sung to us for years about what a drag it is getting old, but it doesn't have to be that way. Despite living in a youth-oriented society, many of the aged patients seen by Dr. Levine have kept their emotional zest, intellectual zeal, and empowering dignity. Levine points out well-known public figures who are clearly aging with dignity and vitality. The neurologist author shows steps we can take to age while retaining these qualities, defying a society that challenges this quest. Living longer is not enough for most of us: we don't want to just survive. The quality of our life as we age is most important, and much of that depends on our attitudes and approach. The text includes strategies to optimize self-esteem as well as health, including attention to nurtrition, exercise, health care, education and mind stimulation, sexuality, social activities, and cosmetics and cosmetic surgery.

Readers are shown the physiological facts of aging, from cellular to systemic changes. The most common diseases in old age are described, and actions are suggested to avoid many of the diseases. Levine also explores how the disorders change abilities and self-perception.

Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Consequences of Time: How the Aging Process Affects UsUnderstanding the Enemy: The Diseases and Disorders Associated with AgingThe Luck of the Draw: How Age and Disease Can Rob Us of Dignity and VitalityAging and Loss: What It Means in Terms of Dignity and VitalityAgeism: Society's Attempt to Deny Dignity to Older PeopleTaking Charge: Strategies in the Quest for Dignity and VitalityIt's Never Too Late: Additional Strategies in the Quest for Dignity and VitalityOver the Horizon: Aging in the New MillenniumObservations and Conclusions

Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

[P]rovides the enlightenment lacking in many other resources that attempt to analyze the phenomenon known as aging....Anyone involved with an aging population--and that includes everyone, from the young to professional caregivers--should read this book. Essential. All collections; all levels.—Choice

The focus of ^IAging with Attitude: Growing Older with Dignity and Vitality^R is exploring how people can approach life so that it can be rewarding and can produce a sense of worth and self-respect. There is no simple or single path: yet, successful aging appears to come by each individual seeking the right path for himself or herself. Obstacles to aging well are explored and ideas that individuals can use along their paths so they can enjoy life and live it well are shared....^IAging with Attitude^R is enjoyable reading. There are pleasant quotes and short stories of how people adapt and adjust to the aging process. Public libraries, senior centers, and other facilities where adults gather will enjoy having this book available. Adults of all ages will learn something from ^IAging with Attitude^R that will enrich their dignity and vitality.—Activities, Adaptation, & Aging

[A] worthwhile book for a layperson or client who is interested in this subject, or a clinician that is new to the field of gerontology....[a] guide for younger people to prepare themselves for becoming older by confronting the inevitable changes and challenges associated with aging.—Journal of Women & Aging

Awards

Choice Outstanding Academic Titles, 2004

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