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Living Well : Taking Care Of Yourself In The Middle And Later Years, 4th Edition - James F. Fries

Living Well

Taking Care Of Yourself In The Middle And Later Years, 4th Edition

Paperback Published: 9th June 2004
ISBN: 9780738209555
Number Of Pages: 384

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Advances in medical care allow us to live longer, but to enjoy life we need to stay healthy. Completely revised and updated, "Living Well" presents a thorough but manageable program for keeping in good mental and physical shape as we grow older. In Part I, Dr. James Fries includes the most up-to-date medical information about how many diseases associated with aging-such as osteoarthritis, diabetes, and atherosclerosis-can be avoided or put off with the latest medication and alternative treatment options. Part II addresses many other challenges that people in their middle and later years face-from planning for retirement, to keeping your mind active, to maintaining a healthy sex life, to writing a will. Finally, Part III provides easy-to-use decision charts- on everything from hip pain to incontinence to diet and exercise-that quickly help determine whether professional intervention is necessary or whether home treatment will suffice. Comprehensive and accessible, "Living Well" is the essential reference for promoting a long, happy, and healthy life.

To the Readerp. xiii
Prefacep. xiv
How to Use This Bookp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvi
Vitality and Agingp. 1
Aging Versus Vitalityp. 2
The Bad News: You Can't Live Foreverp. 4
Better News: You Will Probably Live Longer Than You Thinkp. 7
The Best News: You Can Stay Vitalp. 8
Principal Principlesp. 15
Avoiding Fatal Illnessesp. 18
Prevention of Specific Diseasesp. 21
Atherosclerosisp. 21
Cancerp. 24
Emphysema (COPD)p. 26
Cirrhosisp. 27
Diabetesp. 27
Traumap. 28
The Limits of Preventionp. 29
Avoiding Nonfatal Diseasesp. 32
Osteoarthritisp. 33
Back Problemsp. 34
Herniasp. 35
Hemorrhoidsp. 35
Varicose Veinsp. 36
Thrombophlebitisp. 36
Gallbladder Diseasep. 37
Ulcersp. 38
Bladder Infectionsp. 38
Dental Problemsp. 39
Prevention of Surgeryp. 40
Avoiding Some of the Problems of Agingp. 41
Osteoporosisp. 42
Falls and Fracturesp. 43
Medication Side Effectsp. 44
Cataractsp. 45
Corneal Opacificationp. 46
Hearing Lossp. 46
Memory Lossp. 47
Dependencep. 47
Using Your Master Plan for a Better Lifep. 48
Reject the Stereotypep. 49
Facing the Stereotypep. 51
Senior Pridep. 51
The Psychology of Healthy Aging: Choices, Coping, Optimization, and Growthp. 55
Avoid Learned Helplessnessp. 57
Develop Self-efficacyp. 58
Choose the Right Coping Strategiesp. 59
Optimize Selectively and Compensatep. 59
Use the Life Cycle to Your Advantagep. 61
Growthp. 63
The Essential Strategies for Living Wellp. 65
Five Keys to a Healthy Senior Lifestylep. 66
Exercisep. 67
Diet and Nutritionp. 74
Smokingp. 81
Alcoholp. 84
Obesityp. 84
Other Health Habitsp. 87
The Doctorp. 88
Choosing the Right Doctorp. 88
Negotiating a Planp. 92
The Checkupp. 95
Medicationsp. 98
Your Defense Mechanismsp. 98
The Declining Dose Requirement--A Central Principlep. 100
Multiple Problems and Multiple Medicationsp. 102
Cutting Backp. 103
Vitamins and Mineralsp. 104
A Word on Waterp. 105
The Bottom Linep. 106
The Healthy Headp. 107
Jogging the Memoryp. 108
Exercising the Mindp. 112
Fighting Depressionp. 114
Wisdomp. 115
Senior Sexualityp. 116
Changes with Agep. 116
The Womanp. 117
The Manp. 118
The Situationp. 119
The Healthy Homep. 121
Ease and Routine: The Yearly Inventoryp. 121
Protection Against Injury: The Safety Inventoryp. 123
Retirementp. 127
Optionsp. 128
Financesp. 132
Completing the Plan: Advance Directivesp. 143
The Living Willp. 147
The Durable Power of Attorney for Health Carep. 148
The Durable Power of Attorney for Financial/Asset Managementp. 149
The Last Will and Testamentp. 150
The Easy Way Outp. 152
Completing the Planp. 153
Surviving Chronic Illness with Style: Secondary Preventionp. 154
Compensation, not Copingp. 155
Arthritisp. 157
Osteoporosisp. 160
High Blood Pressurep. 163
Diabetesp. 167
Congestive Heart Failure (Heart Failure, CHF)p. 169
Emphysema (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, COPD)p. 172
Alzheimer's Diseasep. 174
Succeeding with Chronic Illnessp. 176
Walkingp. 303
Climbing Stairsp. 306
Sleepingp. 308
Datap. 311
Some Surprising Statisticsp. 313
For Further Readingp. 346
Indexp. 351
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ISBN: 9780738209555
ISBN-10: 0738209554
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 9th June 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.1  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 4
Edition Type: Revised