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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
Description

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.

Topic Centers

Introduction
The Consequences of Time: How the Aging Process Affects Us
Understanding the Enemy: The Diseases and Disorders Associated with Aging
The Luck of the Draw: How Age and Disease Can Rob Us of Dignity and Vitality
Aging and Loss: What It Means in Terms of Dignity and Vitality
Ageism: Society's Attempt to Deny Dignity to Older People
Taking Charge: Strategies in the Quest for Dignity and Vitality
It's Never Too Late: Additional Strategies in the Quest for Dignity and Vitality
Over the Horizon: Aging in the New Millennium
Observations 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

Awards

Choice Outstanding Academic Titles, 2004

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