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Aging well : surprising guideposts to a happier life from the landmark Harvard study of adult development

Author: George E Vaillant
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, 2003, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Documents the essential factors involved in obtaining a happy, healthy old age, and offers practical advice for changing one's lifestyle and aging gracefully and successfully.
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Genre/Form: Longitudinal studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George E Vaillant
ISBN: 9780316090070 0316090077
OCLC Number: 458684954
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: 2002.
Description: viii, 373 pages : charts ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The study of adult development --
2. Ripeness is all : social and emotional maturation --
3. The past and how much it matters --
4. Generativity : a key to successful aging --
5. Keeper of the meaning --
6. Integrity : death be not proud --
7. Healthy aging : a second pass --
8. Retirement, play, and creativity --
9. Does wisdom increase with age? --
10. Spirituality, religion, and old age --
11. Do people really change over time? --
12. Positive aging : a reprise --
Appendices --
A. The three cohorts --
B. An illustrated glossary of defenses --
C. Methodology for assessing maturity of adaptive mental mechanisms (a.k.a. defenses) --
D. Assessment of childhood scales --
E. Basic trust at age 50 associated with childhood environment and future successful aging --
F. Scale for subjective physical health (instrumental activities of daily living) --
G. Scale for objective mental health (age 50-65) --
H. Scale for objective social supports (age 50-70, Harvard cohort only) --
I. Scale for subjective life satisfaction --
J. Table contrasting the happy-well with the sad-sick and the prematurely dead --
K. Graceful aging scale --
Notes --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Responsibility: George E. Vaillant.

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A smart, important book about human development...everything about it is profoundly, provocatively new. SAN FRANCISCO Chronicle

 
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