- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: One World/Ballantine; Rev Upd edition (April 29, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345432169
- ISBN-13: 978-0345432162
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,537,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prime Time: The African American Woman's Complete Guide to Midlife Health and Wellness Paperback – April 29, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
African American women are prey in disproportionate numbers to a range of preventable illnesses in middle age, according to Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S. Marilyn Hughes Gaston and clinical psychologist Gayle K. Porter. Also in their prime, and recognizing the lack of good information on the subject, they offer support and advice to their sisters in Prime Time: The African American Woman's Complete Guide to Midlife Health and Wellness. Because many black women are without partners and have been caretakers for their children, parents and extended families (along with, the authors acknowledge, most likely having dealt with racism, sexism and other isms), they may not be fully aware of their own needs and well-being. This is the perfect time to take stock and to make the changes necessary to fully experience and enjoy the next chapters of their lives. With facts, discussions of the various health risks, remedies, psychological underpinnings, tests, anecdotes, advice and generous lists of resources and further reading, they extend a plethora of knowledge and support to their readers. 8-city author tour.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Written by an assistant surgeon general of the United States and a clinical psychologist, respectively, Prime Time is a wellness book aimed at African American women over the age of 40, covering issues such as heart disease, diabetes, menopause, and depression. The usual prescriptions of diet, exercise, and stress reduction are included, but each focuses on the medical and emotional needs of older black women in particular. Statistics dealing specifically with this group are used when available, and the authors do a good job of identifying certain diseases that may be more significant for African American women than for the general population. The authors intersperse their medical advice with personal stories about quitting smoking and dealing with the death of loved ones. This guide is similar to other books like Body & Soul: The Black Women's Guide to Physical Health and Emotional Well-Being (HarperPerennial, 1994) and The Black Women's Health Book (Seal, 1990) except that it focuses on older women. Affordable, comprehensive, and focused on a very specific population, this is recommended for public and consumer health libraries. Elizabeth Williams, Fresno City Coll. Lib., CA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
There are many things which set this book apart. First it is targeted to African American women and distinguishes illnesses and treatments that are applicable specifically to them. Yet, other women can derive tremendous benefit from the detailed information.
Second, the authors present real life examples and true stories drawn from their own lives, and from the lives of the many women with whom they talked and discussed health experiences, challenges, concerns and triumphs.
Third, the authors include unique assessments which readers can take to help them focus on and address their health and wellness issues and concerns. This feature, in my mind, sets a new standard for books of this type.
Fourth, the authors' handling of the topic is broad and deep and includes good coverage of both the physical and emotional wellbeing and other aspects of total wellness.
Fifth, the book is filled with important graphics including photographs which clearly depict the message of this book: African American women can and do take personal responsibility for their own health and wellness.
This book is for the lay person or clinician, the healthy or the ill; It is for women at their prime - whether before, at or beyond midlife.
Men can also benefit personally from this complete and comprehensive guide to midlife health and wellness. I did.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent book that really speaks to the issues of African American women. I got it as a gift for my 55 year old mom and she loves it.Published on June 24, 2013 by Kindle Customer
My wife can't put it down; she's only half way through it and I can tell she's doing some things differently, positively.Published on October 12, 2011 by ron
This book is more than I expected. The information provided is a complete guide to health and wellness not only for midlife but for women of any age to know as a prevention tool. Read morePublished on August 24, 2009 by FiFi