Mindfulness, lifestyle, health and wellness writer Paul Bates provides a rundown of the most useful guides to healthy ageing.
Growing interest in the concept of healthy ageing has encouraged many authors to provide their perspectives on how to deal with the ageing process in a positive way. In this article Paul Bates provides a summary of the best reads.
Dr. Andrew Weil gives detailed advice on how to remain healthy and energetic as you get older. He explains the best diet combinations, appropriate physical activities, and the right attitude to adopt to keep mind and body rejuvenated and active. “The book provides a blend of traditional and non-traditional advice that most people can use so that they maintain their health as they get older,” says Ashley Turner, book report writer at ConfidentWriters and SolidEssay.
Joan Chittister provides inspiration and advice on the health benefits of remaining active and learning new ideas as you get older. She advocates the importance of continuous development – trying and learning new things – to maintain positive mental health.
Dr. Robert Levine discusses the essentials of keeping the body and mind fit, with a heavy emphasis on having a positive attitude.
Despite the title, the advice in this book is applicable to both genders. The authors (a medical sociologist and a gerontologist and social worker – which is an interesting combination) describe the actions men can take to stay healthy and even manage chronic condition such as cancer or heart disease. Their advice follows the well-worn path of eating well, reducing stress, and staying active. They also explore the impact on mental health of sleep (or lack of it), drug and alcohol use, spirituality and relationships.
Michael Gurian looks into life after fifty years and describes what people should do to remain healthy. He divides the second part of life into three stages – the transformation age (which includes people aged between the late forties and sixty), distinction age (sixty to seventy-five) and the completion age (which people enter at the final stages of their life’s journey).
The book by Cameron Diaz – yes, the famous one – combines an analysis of the ageing process (including the latest evidence from biology and neuroscience) with practical advice on how to make better-informed choices about health and wellbeing. Her focus on the science of ageing is balanced by her belief in the importance of meditation, love and friendship.
Christiane Northrup disputes the idea that the ageing process has to lead inevitably to a decline in health, sex life, and physical appearance. She provides plenty of practical advice including avoiding processed food, getting rid of negative emotions, and maintaining a healthy sex life.