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The Roadmap to 100: The Breakthrough Science of Living a Long and Healthy Life Hardcover – April 13, 2010

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Editorial Reviews


“[The authors] present a persuasive case, backed up by numerous studies, and outline specific behaviors people can adopt to live longer and live well … readable and engaging.”—Los Angeles Times

“Bortz’s thinking and writing is deep, penetrating, funny and totally motivating.”—Runner’s World

“Bortz is on a mission. He wants everyone to get fit and realize their human potential, which he believes means living to be 100 years old for many people.”—San Jose Mercury News

“Presents solid, peer-reviewed research that confirms the belief that fitness – not antioxidant supplements, or gene and hormone therapy, or the latest “super fruit” – is the key to extending and improving life. “—The Sacramento Bee

“If you want to reach your hundredth birthday with a clear mind and a strong body, this is your textbook.”--Erica Jong ”Wally Bortz shows how to grow old with dignity, wisdom, and good health. His work is important, his passion for life undimmed.”--Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation

“Physician and aging researcher, Dr. Wally Bortz from the Stanford Medical School makes a solid case for how we can dramatically impact our own lifelong health through vigorous and sustained exercise. He draws on cutting edge science that shows that we get weaker as the decades pass, not necessarily due to aging, but rather because we don’t challenge our bodies enough. The Roadmap to 100 shows how staying engaged cuts across all fields – exercising, socializing, keeping sexuality alive – can prolong your life for many decades. This is a fantastic book and Bortz is a true trailblazer.”--Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., author of Bodymind, Healthy Aging, The Age Wave and A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement and Success.

“At 80 years young, Dr Walter Bortz brings an energy to his work that exceeds that of most 20 year olds. He challenges us with an uplifting message: we are each ultimately responsible for our own health, and that by remaining fully engaged—in our communities, in physical fitness, by maintaining our intellect and being creative--we can extend our lives and make them worth living.”--Jim Collins, author of Good to Great

“Here is a fast paced and lively guide on how to live longer. Wally Bortz’s clear and direct message emphasizes the importance of action, motion, and engagement in maintaining ‘vim and vigor,’ as JFK described the vitality we all seek.”--Seth Landefeld, MD, Professor of Medicine, Chief, Division of Geriatrics, University of California at San Francisco

“With his enthusiasm and insight, Walter Bortz makes us want to go further and explore all the options of aging. The Roadmap to 100 is a spirited romp through the process of gaining wisdom and pleasure as we continue on and on.”--Bonnie Matheson, author of Ahead of the Curve

“Reaching an active and health 100 years old is something we can all do now—thanks to recent studies that show it is more than just the luck of your genes. Dr. Wally Bortz of Stanford Medical School shows us in this book that we can do a lot to determine our health – in this practical book, he lays out a program for an active and physical lifestyle that will change both your outlook and your outcome. Read this book and let Dr. Bortz guide you on healthy aging!”--Dr. Robert Butler, author of The Longevity Revolution

“Unlike the generalizations with which doctors usually instruct their patients, this book outlines in clear, concise prose what we can do to remain fully functional as we age. Moreover, it explains exactly how the interventions recommended work to preserve health and competence. The book is a welcome aid to helping people live better as well as longer.” --Marianne Legato, author of Why Men Die First

“Ever since I learned that Jeanne Calment said at 120 she had only one wrinkle, and she was sitting on it, I figured that humor must be the key to longevity. Since then I met Walter M. Bortz--marathoner, thinker, and former head of the American Geriatrics Association. No one has been a more avid gatherer and popularizer of data on the importance of exercise to the project of happiness and longevity. But Bortz’s vision extends further, to a whole new medicine based on empowerment and prevention, and informed by evolution and energy science. Bortz’s vision is contagious, and I’m a subscriber!”--Dorion Sagan, author of Biospheres

“With longevity becoming the new norm, we can use all the help we can get from the experts to help us along.”--Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D. Founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences; Astronaut Apollo 14

The Roadmap to 100 challenges you to take ownership of your health, to learn to take responsibility for it and not rely blindly on medical technology to repair the damage we do to ourselves.”—The Union

Praise for Dare to be 100:

“...easy to read, easy to follow...should be everyone’s guide to growing older.”-- Jack LaLanne

“I was riveted to DARE to Be 100...It’s a splendid book.”-- Erica Jong

DARE to Be 100 is the most thorough examination I’ve seen of all we can do to live a long and fulfilling life.”-- Dean S. Edell, M.D., medical journalist

About the Author

Walter Bortz, M.D. is clinical associate professor of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and author of Dare to Be 100. He is past co-chairman of the American Medical Association's Task Force on Aging and former president of The American Geriatric Society. A firm believer in practicing what you preach, Dr. Bortz has been a marathoner for four decades, running his 40th marathon in April 2010 in Boston at the age of 80. Bortz is a frequent face on the lecture circuit, sharing his enthusiasm for healthy living and a robust life with hundreds of audiences annually. Randall Stickrod is a long time science and technology publisher and writer, and the founding editor of Wired.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230100686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230100688
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jan Koncewicz on April 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Interesting book. Most of us want to live long but how to attain it? We all know the basics -- Don't smoke, don't drink too much alcohol, eat your fruits and vegetables, do not each junk food, exercise, etc. We are used to being told what to do or what not to do, but we are often not told the reasons for that. Why should we or shouldn't we do something? How much we should eat or exercise? Why should we lift weights if we have no ambition for a great looking body? Not only "what" but also "why", "how" and "how much" should we do a particular thing to be as healthy as possible? Should we take vitamins and supplements? Is there anything that we should definitely start or stop doing now or in the future to extend our lives? Some doctors might help us with these questions but most of them are too preoccupied treating the sick and have not time or the will for the prevention health maintenance...

Where can we turn to find the answers? Many of them you will find in this book. For some others you might have to search further. As the author states: "the mission of this book is to present the case for living to 100 or more and living well all the while". Longevity is not an isolated phenomenon any more. It is a direct consequence of health maintenance. The author of another book titled "Body Maintenance Handbook" predicts that we have the potential to live up to 150 years. All we need is to attain enough knowledge about the way our body functions to be capable of eliminating the causes of our illnesses and to prolong our lives. Get these books and study how to do that all. Live long and healthy!
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I listened to Dr. Bortz give a lecture about this book, and I borrowed it from the library to examine it further. There is nothing new in it, and it certainly doesn't "live up" to its title, so to speak. By that I mean that Dr. Bortz provides absolutely no evidence that if you follow his "roadmap" you can expect to live a healthy life for a century.

The roadmap points the way to health in five key areas. These areas are common sense to any thinking person, of which you are already familiar even if you don't practice them. The five areas are physical exercise (a heavily emphasized priority), mental exercise, nutrition, social engagement, and sex. If any of this sounds new to anyone, I'd like to ask where you've been for the past fifty years.

I won't object if Dr. Bortz makes the claim that such efforts will make us healthier and life more enjoyable, but what is the point of claiming that it is a roadmap to 100, besides wishful thinking and a catchy title? And what does Dr. Bortz offer in this book that hasn't already been offered by hundreds of other books over the past half century? In fact, I say that Roadmap to 100 is worse than nothing new. I say that it does more harm than good.

Take the section on exercise. Dr. Bortz is a running fiend. He devotes many pages to running because "vigorous aerobic exercise" is the most important part of his roadmap and because running is a "natural" exercise, the kind that our paleolithic ancestors used to do (they used to carry heavy game back to camp, too, which is why he also recommends lifting weights). The problem is, Dr. Bortz can't seem to make up his mind on how much running is required for us to live to 100.
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Because the author is a gerontologist and faculty member at the Stanford Medical School, I hoped to get some new insights into staying healthy in old age from this book. While the book will be useful for those have done little reading in this area, I learned very little from it. On page 84 he gives his foundations for successful aging: lean muscle mass, VO2 max, nutrition, sex, a healthy brain, engagement, movement. Consistent with this, a large part of the book deals with various studies that show the benefits of exercise. His chapter on nutrition is very general and gives no specific recommendations. It also contains errors, such as stating that the long-lived residents of Sardinia eat a diet rich in olive oil and fish. In fact they are shepherds living inland and do not grow olives.
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Clear, sequential,funny and to the point, Not an armchair author, but a real MD
who could easily sit in his big house on the hill...

Instead, he continues to share his wealth of practical information.

There is no real dictation of a new lifestyle, but simply a ' here is what may happen if you
try a few changes and here is what may happen if you don't.' It;s up to you ...
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I read this book, better yet studied this book, almost a year ago when doing research for my own fitness and health book, Forever Fit and Fabulous: A Guide to Health and Vigor--Even at 70 and Beyond. Dr. Bortz is one of those rare longevity experts who practices what he preaches. He is 80-years-old, has been running marathons for 40 years, and ran the last one at age 80!
I am 70-years-young myself, so I appreciate his efforts at 80. My goal is to be as capable as he is when I'm his age. Thank you, Dr. Bortz. YOu inspired me to get back to jogging and to increase my weight loads.
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