Winning Strategies for Successful Aging

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Yale University Press, Jan 8, 2013 - Health & Fitness - 316 pages

For anyone who is approaching a 65th birthday with trepidation, this valuable book offers heartening advice on navigating the later years of life. Dr. Eric Pfeiffer, who for thirty years has cared for—and learned from—elderly people, addresses with compassion and deep understanding the multitude of issues that arise for aging individuals and their families. He writes authoritatively but in a conversational tone. His advice is easy to read, easy to follow, and full of wisdom.

In short, practical chapters, Dr. Pfeiffer advises on choosing an ideal place to live, finding a range of satisfying activities, and maintaining an active social life. He also explains how best to maintain one's health, mental health, wealth, and independence. Other chapters explore the importance of a spiritual life and the value of maintaining an active sexual life. In addition, the author speaks to the value of charitable giving and describes how it is possible to prepare for a good good-bye to life. Filled with illustrative anecdotes and enhanced with a lovely selection of poems, this reassuring book demonstrates how it is possible to direct and control the aging experience. For every person approaching retirement years, and for their friends and families, the book is an excellent resource and a practical guide.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 You Have a Whole Generation of Life Left to LivePrepare Accordingly
1
Chapter 2 Understand What Successful Aging Is and Then Plan to Do It
6
Chapter 3 Choose Your Ideal Place to Live
15
Chapter 4 Know Who You areand Do Something
24
Chapter 5 Make Your Relationships and Social Life a High Priority
39
Chapter 6 Insist on Good HealthEverything Else Depends On It
55
Chapter 7 Stay Mentally Healthy
95
Chapter 8 Care for Your Brain to Keep Your Memory Sharp
113
Chapter 12 Embrace Your Inner Spiritual Self
190
Chapter 13 Maintain Your Sexual Life
203
Chapter 14 Give Charitably and Reap the Rewards
217
Chapter 15 Plan for a Good GoodBye
227
Chapter 16 Know These Secrets of Successful Living
235
A to Z Nuggets of information
249
List of Resources
294
Afterword
300

Chapter 9 Hold On to Your Money So You Dont Outlive It
138
Chapter 10 Exercise Every Day and Make It Fun
161
Chapter 11 Protect Your Independence
174
Index
301
About the Author
315
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Eric Pfeiffer, M.D., is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and founding director of the Eric Pfeiffer Suncoast Alzheimer's Center at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa. He is author of The Art of Caregiving in Alzheimer's Disease and has written and edited numerous medical textbooks. He lives in Tampa, FL.

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