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Man's Guide to Healthy Aging: Stay Smart, Strong, and Active

by Edward H Thompson and Lenard W Kaye Johns Hopkins University Press
Pub Date:
11/2013
ISBN:
9781421410562
Format:
Pbk 584 pages
Price:
AU$79.00 NZ$84.35
Product Status: Out of stock. Not available to order.
As they reach middle age, most men begin looking forward to ''what's next.'' They gear up to experience renewed productivity and purpose and are more conscious of their health. A Man's Guide to Healthy Aging is an authoritative resource for middle aged and older men. The authors-a medical sociologist and a gerontologist and social worker-in collaboration with a variety of medical experts, provide a comprehensive guide to healthy aging from a man's perspective.

They present this information in four sections:
• ''Managing Our Lives'' describes the actions men can take to stay healthy. Here is information about how to eat well, reduce stress, and stay active for better overall health.
• ''Mind and Body'' considers how physical health and state of mind are connected. It addresses sleep, drug and alcohol use, spirituality, and attitudes about appearance-and explains how all of these factors affect mental health.
• ''Bodily Health'' involves the nuts and bolts of how body systems function and what changes may occur as men age. It covers the body from head to toe and reviews how men can manage chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart conditions.
• ''Living with Others'' shows the importance of interacting with friends and family. Topics include sexual intimacy, friendship, and caregiving, as well as how men can make the best decisions about end of life issues for themselves and their loved ones.

A Man's Guide to Healthy Aging is a must-read for all men. Refusing to embrace the ageist stereotype of men spending their later years ''winding down,'' this book will help men reinvent themselves once, twice, or more-by managing their health, creating new careers, and contributing their skills and experiences to their communities.

Acknowledgments
Part I: Managing Our Lives
1. Men's Health and Healthy Aging
2. Staying Active, with Elizabeth Conner
3. Eating Well and Less, with Elizabeth Kayajian
4. Psychology of Healthy Aging, with Clifford M. Singer
5. Men's Stress and Health
6. Social Health: Vital Relationships
Part II: Mind and Body
7. Sleep: A Necessity of Life, with Kristen Sutherland
8. Appearances: Our Bodies, Head to Toe
9. Getting in Touch with Your Spiritual Self, with David C. Wihry
10. Alcohol and Drugs, with Kristianna Hall
11. Holistic Medicine, with Kristianna Hall
Part III: Bodily Health
12. Heart Health, with Katherine Guardinoand Stefanie Tedesco
13. Cognitive Health: Memory and Memory Loss, with Elizabeth Conner and Alexandra Leichthammer
14. Men and Diabetes, with Kaitlyn Barnes
15. Genitourinary Matters and Sexual Health, with Kaitlyn Barnes
16. Bone, Joint, and Muscle Health, with Alison Ashley
17. Dental and Oral Health, with Bethany O'Dell
18. Vision and Hearing, with Cynthia Stuen
19. The Cancers
Part IV: Living with Others
20. Sexual Intimacy, with Amanda Barusch
21. Retirement
22. Caregiving: Helping Others through Difficult Times
23. End-of-Life Matters, with Stefanie Tedesco
Appendix: Places to Turn for More Information, with Jennifer A. Crittenden, Elisha M. Foss, and Lindsay Day
Notes
List of Contributors
List of Reviewers
Index

"This is a well written book that is easy to pick up and get reading. The style and structure allow you to look for things that you might want to know the answer to, or to browse through looking for bits of interest."

Edward H. Thompson, Jr., is a professor of sociology and director of the women's and gender studies department at the College of the Holy Cross.

Lenard W. Kaye is a professor of social work and the director of the Center on Aging at the University of Maine.