The Art of Aging: A Doctor's Prescription for Well-being
In his landmark bookHow We Die, Sherwin B. Nuland profoundly altered our perception of the end of life. Now inThe Art of Aging, Dr. Nuland steps back to explore the impact of aging on our minds and bodies, strivings and relationships. Melding a scientist’s passion for truth with a humanist’s understanding of the heart and soul, Nuland has created a wise, frank, and inspiring book about the ultimate stage of life’s journey.
The onset of aging can be so gradual that we are often surprised to find that one day it is fully upon us. The changes to the senses, appearance, reflexes, physical endurance, and sexual appetites are undeniable–and rarely welcome–and yet, as Nuland shows, getting older has its surprising blessings. Age concentrates not only the mind, but the body’s energies, leading many to new sources of creativity, perception, and spiritual intensity. Growing old, Nuland teaches us, is not a disease but an art–and for those who practice it well, it can bring extraordinary rewards.
“I’m taking the journey even while I describe it,” writes Nuland, now in his mid-seventies and a veteran of nearly four decades of medical practice. Drawing on his own life and work, as well as the lives of friends both famous and not, Nuland portrays the astonishing variability of the aging experience. Faith and inner strength, the deepening of personal relationships, the realization that career does not define identity, the acceptance that some goals will remain unaccomplished–these are among the secrets of those who age well.
Will scientists one day fulfill the dream of eternal youth? Nuland examines the latest research into extending life and the scientists who are pursuing it. But ultimately, what compels him most is what happens to the mind and spirit as life reaches its culminating decades. Reflecting the wisdom of a long lifetime, The Art of Aging is a work of luminous insight, unflinching candor, and profound compassion.
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Review: The Art of Aging: A Doctor's Prescription for Well-BeingUser Review - Charlotte Carroll - Goodreads
Nuland combines four different messages here -- but the final chapter about wisdom makes the whole book worth reading. He touches on how attitudes make for better elder experience, how important ... Read full review
Review: The Art of Aging: A Doctor's Prescription for Well-BeingUser Review - Martha Earl - Goodreads
Sherwin tends to ramble a bit in this book. However, I found his study of the people and their styles of aging particularly valuable. To age well one must accept oneself and others. Of course, taking ... Read full review
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