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Aging Well - George Vaillant

Paperback Published: 8th January 2003
ISBN: 9780316090070
Number Of Pages: 384

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In an unprecedented series of studies, Harvard Medical School has followed 824 subjects-men and women, some rich, some poor- from their teens to old age. Harvard's George Vaillant now uses these studies, the most complete ever done anywhere in the world, and the subjects' individual histories to illustrate the factors involved in reaching a happy, healthy old age. He explains precisely why some people turn out to be more resilient than others, the complicated effects of marriage and divorce, negative personality changes, and how to live a more fulfilling, satisfying and rewarding life in the later years. He shows why a person's background has less to do with their eventual happiness than the specific lifestyle choices they make. And he offers step-by-step advice about how each of us can change our lifestyles and age successfully. Sure to be debated on talk shows and in living rooms, Vaillant's definitive and inspiring book is the new classic account of how we live and how we can live better.

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'A smart, important book about human development..everything about it is profoundly, provocatively new.' - SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

The Study of Adult Developmentp. 3
Ripeness Is All: Social and Emotional Maturationp. 39
The Past and How Much It Mattersp. 83
Generativity: A Key to Successful Agingp. 113
Keeper of the Meaningp. 141
Integrity: Death Be Not Proudp. 159
Healthy Aging: A Second Passp. 185
Retirement, Play, and Creativityp. 219
Does Wisdom Increase with Age?p. 249
Spirituality, Religion, and Old Agep. 257
Do People Really Change Over Time?p. 281
Positive Aging: A Reprisep. 307
Appendices
The Three Cohortsp. 327
An Illustrated Glossary of Defensesp. 334
Methodology for Assessing Maturity of Adaptive Mental Mechanisms (a.k.a. Defenses)p. 336
Assessment of Childhood Scalesp. 338
Basic Trust at Age 50 Associated with Childhood Environment and Future Successful Agingp. 339
Scale for Subjective Physical Health (Instrumental Activities of Daily Living)p. 340
Scale for Objective Mental Health (Age 50-65)p. 342
Scale for Objective Social Supports (Age 50-70, Harvard Cohort Only)p. 343
Scale for Subjective Life Satisfactionp. 344
Table Contrasting the Happy-Well with the Sad-Sick and the Prematurely Deadp. 345
Graceful Aging Scalep. 346
Notesp. 347
Acknowledgmentsp. 359
Indexp. 361
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ISBN: 9780316090070
ISBN-10: 0316090077
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 8th January 2003
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.2  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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