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Aging Well: The Complete Guide to Physical and Emotional Health

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This resource is a great help for demystifying the aging process and helping you maintain a good quality of life. Aging well involves "reaching for a level of physical, social, and psychological well-being that is pleasant to both ourselves and others" and staying active in all three spheres, say the authors, who are both affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Aging Well presents a one-chapter overview of recommended self-care strategies (such as exercising, eating nutritiously, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol, and being careful about your medications). Next it explains how to make the health system work for you (including choosing a health plan, controlling the paper trail, and getting the most out of your doctor visits). Then the book zeroes in on particular health considerations in detail, with chapters on the heart, reproductive system, mind, senses (hearing, sight, taste, smell, pain), skin, musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles, joints), breasts, urinary system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, and more. Each chapter explains how that body system changes as it ages, what you can do to stay healthy, and problems that you may encounter. The writing is clear, and plenty of information is packed into each chapter. The last section, "Adapting to Life's Transitions," covers retirement, your home (making it accident-proof, getting help with everyday activities, housing options, long-term care), risks and rights (fraud, maltreatment), end-of-life decision-making, bereavement, and helping your aging parents. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Based on research and procedures used at Harvard Medical School, the suggestions compiled here aim to help readers prevent specific illnesses associated with aging and to achieve an overall wellness. Wei, a doctor associated with both Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and Levkoff, a social worker and associate professor at Harvard, explain the basics of the aging process and how to compensate for damage done to the body by excessive alcohol use, smoking, poor diet and stress. Taking a holistic view, they target all body systems (the heart, reproductive and immune systems, the mind and others) and the way they interact to keep the body functioning. From reading nutrition labels to recognizing the symptoms of numerous conditions that can shorten an individual's life span, Wei and Levkoff provide a comprehensive overview of what to expect during the years after midlife. Most useful, perhaps, are their discussions on finding a physician and getting the most out of doctor visits, health care and housing options for the elderly, maintaining an active and satisfying sex life and making the most of the retirement years. (There is also a chapter for readers who are seeking ways to care for their elderly parents.) With their respectful and matter-of-fact tone, Wei and Levkoff have put together a volume that is likely to ease much of the fear connected to thoughts of aging and dying. Among this battery of ideas for making the later years happy, healthy and productive, readers will find many ways to offset the effects of aging and to cope with the inevitable changes that occur when body function slows down. (May)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (August 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471082066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471082064
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,687,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book really is an encyclopedia of knowledge about the process of aging as well as the various diseases commonly found in older individuals. It covers every organ system in the body and even provides information on the medications used to treat the age-related disorders. The book also covers the social impact of aging, and gives a list of useful resources for assitance. It promises no magic potions for reversal of the aging process, but provides accurate and scientific information to improve one's health, no matter how frail. Aging is an invetable process, and for those of us who are realistic, this book is superb!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Since everyone begins to age as soon as he/she is born, this book is for everyone who can read and cares about his/her physical and emotional well-being. Although it is presumably written for us older folks, young people who care about living a healthy life can begin to follow the various directions covered in this book. People who are conscientious about their physical health can start on a healthy diet, a healthy exercise program, and a healthy attitude toward life in their teens! Sometimes it might be too lete to correct all the mistakes one has made in one's earlier life by the time one reaches 65. This book very abundantly covers just about every aspect of a healthy life from two highly qualified medical professionals. I believe the younger a person starts reading and following this book the longer and happier life he/she will lead. Reader: Eugene at age 60 in Sept. this year. Thank you authors for this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2001
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I am an avid reader of books on health and I found this book to be a real gem for my library collection.
I have presented it to many of my friends over the age of 40 - for I believe that "aging well" should start early. This book has helped me and my parents, and all other relatives and friends enormously. It should be on everyone's bookshelf.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cyntha A. Garry on January 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This was an excellent resource for my wife and I. All aspects of aging are covered. It has help us be more educated when we discuss things with our physicians. It also has allowed us to ask appropriate questions and really get a handle on our disease. I recommened it for everyone
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