Aging, But Never Old: The Realities, Myths, and Misrepresentations of the Anti-Aging Movement: The Realities, Myths, and Misrepresentations of the Anti-Aging Movement

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ABC-CLIO, Jul 15, 2010 - Family & Relationships - 179 pages
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There are many myths and much misinformation about aging. At the same time, there are few trustworthy books on the subject. Aging, But Never Old: The Realities, Myths, and Misrepresentations of the Anti-Aging Movement was written to address those myths and fill that gap. Written by an eminent geriatric specialist, this book will educate readers about the specialty of geriatric medicine, helping them understand what true geriatric care is and what it can do for older adults.

The book opens with a comparison of scientifically sound geriatric medicine as compared to its arch rival, the "anti-aging business." It goes on to discuss the most important medical issues an older adult will face, explaining them in layman's terms and through the use of case examples. Full of sage advice, humor, and easy-to-remember suggestions pertaining to each issue discussed, this upbeat volume will help older adults and their children and caregivers better navigate the increasingly complex medical options older adults now face.

 

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This book is written in a clear, straight forward manner. It is based on solid, up to date, scientific research (all clearly referenced in the end notes), however, Dr. Bludau has taken great care not to use jargon. The chapter 7 on "The Aging Brain" discusses "normal aging" versus dementia. This chapter is particularly valuable for those who know someone with the disease. Caregivers or adult children with aging parents could benefit from reading this book. 

Contents

1 The Secrets of Aging
1
2 Geriatric Medicine versus the AntiAging Movement
10
3 Doctor Talk
19
4 Medications and Older Adults
28
5 Nutrition
42
6 Exercise and Older Adults
57
7 The Aging Brain
66
8 Health Maintenance
78
11 IncontinenceThe Secret Disease
112
12 Hospice and Palliative CareBeyond Usual Medical Care
121
13 Some Nuisances of AgingWhen to Worry?
128
14 Sexuality and Older Adults
139
15 Social Connectedness Support through Caregiving and Spirituality
147
16 On Being Prepared
155
17 Enjoy the Passage of Time
164
A Dozen Useful Web Sites
167

9 FallsDont Ignore Those Stumbles and Trips
95
10 Depression and AnxietyA Sad State of Affairs
101

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About the author (2010)

Juergen Bludau, MD, a Harvard-trained geriatrician, is in charge of the clinical geriatric services at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA and the Faulkner Hospital, Jamaica Plain, MA.

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