The Art of Aging

The Art of Aging

A Doctor's Prescription for Well-being

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Random House, Inc.
In his landmark book How We Die, Sherwin B. Nuland profoundly altered our perception of the end of life. Now in The 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.

Baker & Taylor
A clinical professor of surgery describes the effects of aging on the mind and spirit, focusing on how to promote and embrace positive changes in perspective regarding relationships, faith, and identity.

Baker
& Taylor

Melding a scientist's passion for truth with a humanist's understanding of the heart and soul, professor of surgery Nuland explores the impact of aging on our minds and bodies, strivings and relationships. 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 Dr. 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. Nuland also examines the latest research into extending life and the scientists who are pursuing it.--From publisher description.
The author of the landmark study, How We Die, addresses the challenges and rewards of growing older as he examines the changes that occur as we age, drawing on his own personal experience and research to offer a candid, insightful prescription for ensuring one's well-being in the later years. 150,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400064779
1400064775
Characteristics: 302 p. ; 22 cm

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Jun 30, 2014

The Art of Aging? Rather, the art of the obvious.
Belabor the obvious [exercise, eat well, care for others, have relationships etc.] and then fill most of the book with inspiring case histories. Well, they inspire him anyway. Do i sound snide? Well, i was hoping for some actual insight.
Worth browsing for quotes tho.

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