Synopses & Reviews
The internationally revered, Pulitzer Prize-winning father of geriatric medicine offers a revitalizing plan for reaping the rich rewards of the final third of life.
Dr. Robert N. Butler's name is synonymous with healthy aging. As the founder of the first department of geriatric medicine in the country at Mount Sinai and the National Institute on Aging within the National Institutes of Health, he is widely regarded as the father of geriatric medicine. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a frequent adviser to the World Health Organization, and the founder of the International Longevity Center, whose mission is to champion research and policy focused on helping our senior population age well and live vibrant lives.
In The Longevity Prescription, Butler outlines eight essential facets of longevity: exercise, nutrition, mental vitality, sleep, relaxation, love and intimacy, community connections, and medical care. With each chapter providing specific, prescriptive advice, that has been proven to delay or eliminate chronic illness and promote health, The Longevity Prescription outlines a step-by-step plan for maintaining optimum wellness and offers eye-opening statistics and research-based information. You may be surprised to learn:
?A good marriage at fifty-not a low cholesterol level at that age-is a better predictor of good health at eighty.
?Stress reduction and a good night's sleep are wellness strategies just as essential as exercise and diet are.
?Why honing a center of balance is a key to physical health.
?How the brain can be trained to regain lost function and ensure continued clarity.
?Why starting a second career in retirement can lead to contentment, and more.
With guidance for formulating an action plan and adopting new habits and strategies, The Longevity Prescription offers the latest information on special health challenges, such as diabetes and cancer.
A baby boomer turns sixty every 7.6 seconds, but many of America's graying millions approach the later years of life with fear and trepidation. Emphasizing clear-cut research findings that balance physical health with emotional wellbeing, Butler and his colleagues offer a definitive path to whole-life happiness.
"In this wonderful book, Dr. Robert Butler, one of the world's great figures in the study of aging...offers a rare distillation of the principles for a long and healthy life."
-Stanley Prusiner, M.D., Nobel laureate in medicine, or physiology, University of California, San Francisco"
"Dr. Butler has given us a practical and important strategy for successful aging."
"Written by the world's foremost expert in the field, Dr. Butler's how-to guide can lead to your own more enjoyable and productive senior years."
-Senator John Glenn
"In The Longevity Prescription, Dr. Robert Butler distills an enormous literature on aging into eight principles for long life, masterfully providing readers with the real secrets to long and healthy lives."
-Laura L. Carstensen, Ph.D., director of Stanford Center on Longevity
"This wonderful book will inspire, educate and help millions of baby boomers to understand how we can take simple actions that will greatly improve our chances not only to live longer, but more important, to make old age the best time of our lives."
-James P. Firman, Ed.D., president and CEO of National Council of Aging
"Dr. Butler, the preeminent authority on aging and longevity, does a wonderful job of presenting a wealth of current, science-based knowledge on what we can all do to increase our chances of enjoying long, healthy, active and happy lives. He writes beautifully, as befits a Pulitzer Prize winner, and is enormously persuasive."
-Humphrey Taylor, chair of Harris Interactive
The internationally revered, Pulitzer Prize-winning father of geriatric medicine offers a revitalizing plan for living a longer and better life.
The Longevity Prescription outlines eight essential facets of longevity: exercise, nutrition, mental vitality, sleep, relaxation, love and intimacy, community connections, and medical care. Based on proven discoveries, the strategies in each of these areas stretch the proceeds of the "three-decade dividend," while delaying or eliminating chronic illness. With step-by-step guidance for formulating an action plan and adopting new habits and strategies, The Longevity Prescription also guides readers through special challenges, such as diabetes and cancer.
A baby boomer turns sixty every 7.6 seconds, but many of America's graying millions approach the later years of life with fear and trepidation. Emphasizing clear-cut research findings that balance physical health with emotional well-being, Butler and his colleagues offer a definitive path to whole-life happiness.
About the Author
Robert N. Butler, M.D., is the president and CEO of the International Longevity Center – USA and a professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The author of the Pultizer Prize-winning Why Survive? Being Old in America and chair of the Council on Aging of the World Economic Forum (Davos), he is a frequent adviser to international agencies, including the World Health Organization, and served as medical editor-in-chief of Geriatrics for more than a decade. He lives in New York City.