Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Better with Age: Book Review

Published 16 September 2014.
[I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.] 

This fall,l aptly named Spry Publishing has released a practical guide to negotiating the second half of life.

I had the opportunity to read Robin Porter's Better With Age: Your Blueprint for Staying Smart, Strong, and Happy for Life.

More and more people are living to 80 and beyond. But are we making preparations before late adulthood for such longevity?

This book is aimed at readers in midlife (or for long-range planning young adults).   The bulk of the chapters are organized by decade transitioning from midlife to late life.

Here is the table of contents:

Chapter 1. Choosing to Age Well
Chapter 2. Laying the Foundation: Your 50s
Chapter 3. Building on Experience: Your 60s
Chapter 4. Making Some Renovations: Your 70s
Chapter 5. Adding On: Your 80s and Beyond
Acknowledgements & Contributors

The book starts with an overview of how longevity has increased in recent decades thanks to modifiable factors such as exercise, diet, stress management and (providing people have access to affordable healthcare) preventative medicine.

But the material isn't just limited to healthy lifestyle choices.  Porter covers a broad range of topics on aging in a readable manner. The main chapter cover issues of health, finances, social connection and attitude by drawing on a combination of interviews with experts, statistics, research findings and anecdotes.

Better with Age provides a good preview of what's coming down the road during late adulthood and offers practical strategies for preparing physically, financially, and emotionally for that journey.


Books on Aging

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