These latter behaviors are the very stuff of which Victorian morality plays are made and they provide antidotes to narcissism. Aging Well by George E. So Babe Ruth, a heavy cigar smoker, died of laryngeal cancer at age 53, even though he had a fine second marriage and possessed most of Vaillant's other factors. He basically sidesteps the entire topic of adequate retirement income, even regarding it at one point as relatively unimportant compared to learning to play. Resilience is important to successful aging, and wisdom is often associated with successful aging. I found my perceptions re.
From : The Study of Adult Development is a rarity in medicine, for quite deliberately it set out to study the lives of the well, not the sick. It was readable but I thought me and the author had a personality clash. George Vaillant is one of my thought-heros. The author is quite conscious of the impact of privilege on the lives of the Harvard graduates he studies, and repeatedly makes efforts to determine what kinds of success are, or are not, the result of privilege. I am very impressed by this book. These latter behaviors are the very stuff of which Victorian morality plays are made and they provide antidotes to narcissism. Being creative, active, learning new things, being social.
Among the Inner City cohort, a stable marriage was found to be the best predictor of successful aging followed by the same top three of the Harvard cohort and then by 12-plus years of education and by mature defenses. This is not simply about the author interviewing people and confirming his pet theories, although you could superficially get that impression. This book is not a deep scholarly rendition, however, the majority of the 300+ pages examing statistical data and percentage references became tiresome and difficult to analyze in lengthy reading sessions. We covered the big ones. And he offers step-by-step advice about how each of us can change our lifestyles and age successfully.
The three cohorts -- B. Professor George Vaillant now uses these to illustrate the surprising factors involved in reaching happy, healthy old age. Those who thrived chose more mature methods of coping like altruism, sublimation, suppression and humor. It will take some effort — but you knew that, right? Home modification and relocation should not be prescribed, but need to be negotiated with older adults to take into account their personal preferences. The third group, a sample of 90 middle-class gifted women participating in the Terman Study conducted at Stanford University in 1922, were studied for almost 80 years. The book is very clear and well-written.
Some of the stories of people's lives were interesting. Okay, obligatory obvious stuff out of the way. From : Again, as I have followed the lives of the Inner City men, one of the best indicators of successful aging was how well they had adapted in junior high school. The third group, a sample of 90 middle-class gifted women participating in the Terman Study conducted at Stanford University in 1922, were studied for almost 80 years. To provide a basis for such technologies, a three component framework is presented based on psychology and neuroscience, consisting of cognitive empathy, emotional convergence, and empathic responding.
· · · added it I learned from this book that aging well relies on more that just the physical care of the body. Participation in Iyengar yoga programs by older people is beneficial for health and well-being, and greater availability of such programs could improve quality of life. Education had more of an effect on positive life outcome than income level, when all was said and done. For women, as well as for men, spouses could sometimes heal dysfunctional childhoods. When people found a loving spouse or trusted friends in adulthood, the damage of a tough childhood could be undone. Keeper of the meaning -- 6.
About this Item: Little, Brown and Company, 2003. Made me both hopeful and apprehensive still about the topic of aging and eventually passing on. In particular, the ecology of ageing paradigm emphasizes the role of the physical and spatial environment on behavior. What does predict healthy aging? It is found that the negatives of childhood generally do not translate into life beyond age 50 and certainly not to longevity. None of that is unique to aging.
The important part is that it's in your control. I figured that if they knew what happy people did then I could set myself up to do those things. Maintaining a healthy weight increased lifespan and regular exercise boosted both longevity and happiness. The spine may show signs of wear. From : … the physical health of the 70-year old Inner City men was as poor as that of the Harvard men at 80. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions.
Vaillant has led a Harvard study extending across the entire lives of a large 250+ group of Harvard graduates. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. And this does not lead to good things. 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. Vaillant, illustrates his points well with actual histories and it is interesting to have stories of actual people, although most name I have always loved Self-Help books and nothing has changed there except I'm now reading books such as Aging Well!!!!! Its transformational path points to the human condition as one of vulnerability and dependency while identifying those resources in human nature that may enable us to live a fulfilling life within inevitable limitations.
The purposes of this study were to a identify perceptions of 3 generations about the influence of black grandmothers; b describe contributions of black grandmothers and detect obstacles that limit their success; and c recommend curricula for programs to enhance success of black grandmothers. One group is 268 male Harvard University sophomores selected between 1939 and 1942, most of who continued to participate in this study for nearly 60 years or until their death. Remember: skimming my blog posts voids the warranty. Among the Harvard cohort, no alcohol abuse, no heavy smoking, and not being overweight were the greatest predictors of healthy aging followed by some exercise, a stable marriage, and then mature defenses. I wish the book would have been easier to read and more definitive.