Successful Aging

Successful Aging

A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives

Book - 2020
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Author of the iconic bestsellers This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind , Daniel Levitin turns his keen insights to what happens in our brains as we age, why we should think about health span, not life span, and, based on a rigorous analysis of neuroscientific evidence, what you can do to make the most of your seventies, eighties, and nineties today no matter how old you are now.

Successful Aging uses research from developmental neuroscience and the psychology of individual differences to show that sixty-plus years is a unique developmental stage that, like infancy or adolescence, has its own demands and distinct advantages. Levitin looks at the science behind what we all can learn from those who age joyously, as well as how to adapt our culture to take full advantage of older people's wisdom and experience. Throughout his exploration of what aging really means, Levitin reveals resilience strategies and practical, cognitive enhancing tricks everyone should do as they age.

The book is packed with accessible and discussable takeaways, providing great material for reading groups and media coverage.

Successful Aging inspires a powerful new approach to how readers think about our final decades, and it will revolutionize the way we plan for old age as individuals, family members, and citizens within a society where the average life expectancy continues to rise.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] : Allen Lane, ©2020.
ISBN: 9780735236899
Characteristics: xxv, 498 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm.


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Jun 10, 2020

This book is worth reading by anyone of any age who is interested in taking better care of their body and mind. The goal is to improve health span during one’s life span. A well-known, American neuroscientist who teaches at McGill University, Levitin writes in an easy-to-understand, but comprehensive manner about the latest discoveries in brain and body health and function. He covers diet, exercise, sociability, personality, and cognition while debunking some commonly held beliefs. He describes the changes we undergo as we age, many of which are quite positive. The author is also a noted musician and uses many anecdotes from working with famous people as examples of working productively well into one’s eighties and nineties. At the end, he provides a short list of actions that we can all do to improve our health span. We are all aging, but we can approach our senior years with a positive and proactive mindset.

debwalker Nov 13, 2019

Brain project!

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