A great deal of knowledge is presently available concerning the physical, mental, and social aspects of aging. Despite this information, an alarming amount of misconception and stereotypes still exists. The main purpose of this text is to provide information in a manner that is relevant, reliable, and understandable in order to rebut the common misconceptions and confusion surrounding the physical, mental, and social changes confronting older individuals. Another focus of the book is to explain what older adults need to do to maintain an appropriate level of wellness and physical fitness.
Each chapter in the book not only presents current scientific evidence on the present status of aging changes, but also details options for dealing with those changes. In addition, each chapter provides a basis in order to build optimal health, vitality, and well-being for a calmer and better life balance.
Chapter 1: What Is Aging?
Chapter 2: Preventive and Personal Health Conditions
Chapter 3: Changing Behavior and Motivation
Chapter 4: Starting a Program
Chapter 5: Balance and Falls Prevention
Chapter 6: Starting Your Endurance Program
Chapter 7: Muscle Strength and Endurance
Chapter 8: Nutrition
Chapter 9: Weight Control
Chapter 10: Medication
Chapter 11: Maintaining Your Mental Health
Chapter 12: Risks and Protection for Your Health
Chapter 13: Sexuality
Appendix A: Vitamins and Minerals-How Much Is Too Much?
Appendix B: A Few Food Safety Tips
Appendix C: USDA Recommended Dietary Guidelines
Appendix D: Getting the Right Shoes
Appendix E: Finding a Personal Trainer Who's Right For You
Appendix F: Medica