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"Debunks the idea that aging inevitably brings infirmity and unhappiness and instead offers a trove of practical, evidence-based guidance for living longer and better."
—Daniel H. Pink, author of When and Drive
SUCCESSFUL AGING delivers powerful insights:
• Debunking the myth that memory always declines with age
• Confirming that "health span"—not "life span"—is what matters
• Proving that sixty-plus years is a unique and newly recognized developmental stage
• Recommending that people look forward to joy, as reminiscing doesn't promote health
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, using research from developmental neuroscience and the psychology of individual differences, Levitin reveals resilience strategies and practical, cognitive enhancing tricks everyone should do as they age.
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Most of us don’t like to think about aging. Neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin’s optimistic self-help guide suggests we shift our thinking to view old age as “a unique period of growth” rather than a loss or an end. He backs up his argument with around 4,000 cutting-edge neuroscience studies—and also the remarkable true stories of thriving octogenarians, nonagenarians, and even centenarians. Similar to his earlier bestseller This Is Your Brain on Music, Levitin’s book is written with warmth and humor. His practical guidelines focus on behaviors—keep working if you like your job, don’t neglect your friendships, and by all means keep having sex—rather than advocating for medically unproven supplements. Anyone who wants to learn how to live a long, happy, productive life will enjoy Successful Aging—and want to keep it on hand for future reference.
Way too full of his own stories about himself as a musician. Lots of unnecessary information. He can’t make a point and have it be really useful. Try Dan Siegel instead.