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Aging Well Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life from the Landmark Harvard Study of Adult Development

ISBN-10: 0316989363
ISBN-13: 9780316989367
Edition: 2002
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Description: Harvard Medical School has spent more than fifty years studying the basic elements of adult development, looking at life choices, health, and happiness in hundreds of individuals. Now, for the first time ever, the results of this unprecedented study  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Little Brown & Company
Publication date: 1/9/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Harvard Medical School has spent more than fifty years studying the basic elements of adult development, looking at life choices, health, and happiness in hundreds of individuals. Now, for the first time ever, the results of this unprecedented study are being made public, and they reveal an extraordinary set of conclusions about how men and women can lead a happier, more fulfilling, healthier life -- into their sixties, seventies, eighties, and beyond. Using these studies and the subjects' individual histories, George E. Vaillant, M.D., the director of the study, shows why some people turn out to be more resilient than others. His extraordinary conclusion is that individual lifestyle choices play a greater role than genetics, wealth, race, or other factors in determining how happy people are in their later life. And Aging Well reveals for the first time which lifestyle choices truly make a difference. Dr. Vaillant explores: the importance of marriage and the impact of divorce. New friends for new life situations. The role of play. Alcohol and other mood elevators. Making contact with new people. And dozens of other factors that can make a huge difference in life. Dr. Vaillant offers step-by-step advice about how we can change our lifestyle and live a more fulfilling, satisfying, and rewarding life in the later years. His definitive and inspiring book is the new classic account of how we live and how we can live better. Book jacket.

He is a widely respected researcher, psychiatrist & professor at the Harvard Medical School. He is also the author of several books, including The Wisdom of the Ego, The Natural History of Alcoholism & Adaption to Life. He is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on aging.

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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