Longevity Project Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study

ISBN-10: 1594630755
ISBN-13: 9781594630750
Edition: 2010
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Description: This landmark study-featured in The Tipping Point--upends the advice we have been told about how to live to a healthy old age. We have been told that the key to longevity involves obsessing over what we eat, how much we stress, and how fast we run.  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/3/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

This landmark study-featured in The Tipping Point--upends the advice we have been told about how to live to a healthy old age. We have been told that the key to longevity involves obsessing over what we eat, how much we stress, and how fast we run. Based on the most extensive study of longevity ever conducted, The Longevity Projectexposes what really impacts our lifespan-including friends, family, personality, and work. Gathering new information and using modern statistics to study participants across eight decades, Dr. Howard Friedman and Dr. Leslie Martin bust myths about achieving health and long life. For example, people do not die from working long hours at a challenging job- many who worked the hardest lived the longest. Getting and staying married is not the magic ticket to long life, especially if you're a woman. And it's not the happy-go-lucky ones who thrive-it's the prudent and persistent who flourish through the years. With questionnaires that help you determine where you are heading on the longevity spectrum and advice about how to stay healthy, this book changes the conversation about living a long, healthy life.

Dr. Leslie Martin is Professor of Psychology at La Sierra University, and Research Psychologist at UC Riverside. She graduated summa cum laude from the California State University and received her Ph.D. from the University of California in Riverside. She has received the Distinguished Researcher Award, and the Anderson Award for Excellence in Teaching, both at La Sierra University. Former department chair, Dr. Martin has also received awards for outstanding advising and for service learning. In addition to her research on pathways to health and longevity, she studies physician-patient communication and its relationship to medical outcomes and has lectured widely on these topics.

Introduction: The Breakthrough Studies of a Lifetime
Personality and Long Life: Who Stays Well?
Long Live the Prudent and Persistent
Friendly and Convivial: Healthy or Trivial?
Happiness and Health? A Cheery Conundrum
Catastrophic Thinking: The Fates of Chicken Littles
Childhood and School Days: Head Start, Early Finish
Parental Divorce: Some Were Resilient
Running for Their Lives: Jocks vs. Nerds
To Sickness or to Health? Love, Marriage, and Divorce
Careers, Success, and Satisfaction: Thriving and Surviving
Long Life Meets the Afterlife: Religion and Health
Confidants, Networks, and the Power of Social Life
The Gender Gap in Long Life
The Toll of War and Trauma: Why Some Thrive
Individual Paths to Health and Long Life (and Why We Won't Take Polypills)
Epilogue: Long Life and Public Health: Looking Ahead to What Society Should Do
Acknowledgments
Research Collaborators
Notes
Index

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