Book Review: The Art and Science of Aging Well

The Art and Science of Aging Well


This book provides an enjoyable and accessible overview of the field of gerontology including key theories and the evidence underpinning them. It also encourages the reader to reflect on personal implications.

The opening chapter outlines some of the myths associated with aging. It provides a historical overview of how people have viewed later life and their older selves. The second chapter provides theories on why we age, considering the role of diet on the aging process. The focus on a specific activity sets the tone of what is to come.

Later chapters consider other components of living, in particular the physiological, cognitive, psychologcal and spiritual dimensions of aging. A final section provides notes on each chapter including pointers to studies referred to in the text.

This book would sit comfortably in the science genre, being both enjoyable and accessible in covering the


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