Author(s): Marc E. Agronin
The Australian population is getting older. The good news is that old age isn't what it used to be: it is no longer the problem but the solution. This book has a simple message: aging brings strength. Australia has one of the highest life expectancies in the world and it is predicted that the number of retirement-aged Australians will be a quarter of the population within the next few decades. Exercise and staying healthy may sustain our bodies to enable a long life, but they bring no guarantee of a better life. In this revolutionary book, Dr Marc Agronin explores the new reality of old age: that aging is not 'old age', but a life force with struggles and triumphs, losses and gifts, and a chance to live well. As one of America's leading geriatric psychiatrists, Dr Agronin sees both the sickest and healthiest of senior members of society; he observes what makes their lives better and more purposeful, and what doesn't. The latest scientific research and Dr Agronin's first-hand experience are brilliantly and often movingly distilled in The End of Old Age, which is both a call and a plan to no longer see aging as an enemy and start seeing it as a developmental force for enhancing wellbeing, meaning and longevity. Realistic and optimistic, The End of Old Age empowers readers and provides the template for aging better by showing you how to value the aging process, guide yourself through stress, and find ways to creatively address change for the best possible experience and outcome.
Marc E Agronin, MD, a graduate of Harvard University and the Yale School of Medicine, is an adult and geriatric psychiatrist, and the author of HOW WE AGE. Since 1999 he has served as the director of mental health services, clinical research and the outpatient memory centre at Miami Jewish Health. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times and Scientific American Mind, and writes regularly on aging and retirement issues for the Wall Street Journal.