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Live Better While You Age

Tips and Tools for a Healthier, Longer Life

James W. Jones MD

Obviously, reasonable people want to enjoy robust lives, free from the ravages of aging and aging-related diseases. The question is how to secure that admirable goal. Numerous books address preserving health but none is comprehensive and approaches successful aging from a scientific evidence-based methodology. Invariably, piecemeal attempts describe aspects of attaining health from fitness, emotional aspects, or, most commonly diet and they offer authoritative opinions.

This effort’s resolve is to provide the reader with a primer that includes principles necessary for living a better life. We’re all familiar with the idea that all things happen for a reason. Amazingly, we generally apply that wisdom to everything in our lives, except our bodies, and yet we should. If we concentrate on the reasons certain behaviors are beneficial or harmful, we can better address our health issues. With scientific evidence-based facts, people can design their best life-style approach. Readers are not automatons expected to follow a specific program; instead, they will learn to understand the underpinnings of aging and then they will better understand how to age successfully.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 222Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2
978-1-4422-6958-3 • Hardback • February 2017 • $35.00 • (£23.95)
978-1-4422-6959-0 • eBook • February 2017 • $34.99 • (£23.95)
James W. Jones, MD, PhD, MHA, is a well-known cardiovascular surgeon and award-winning medical educator. Now retired from surgery, Jones is still recognized nationally and internationally among vascular surgeons for his work in medical ethics and holds the title of Visiting Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics at the Baylor College of Medicine. He was the ethics editor and submitted regular articles to the prestigious Journal of Vascular Surgery for fifteen years. His career as a Board Certified cardiovascular surgeon, cell biology scientist, and department chair was further distinguished by his participation in research studies and the publication of hundreds of medical papers. In addition, Jones has co-edited or co-authored several books including Surgical Ethics and The Ethics of Surgical Practice. As a well-established expert in his field, Jones has been interviewed by major media including by Peter Jennings on ABC World News. He is regularly tapped as a speaker for national and international meetings of vascular surgeons. You can visit his website at drjimshealthtips.com.
Part One: The Aging Body
1: Motivation Inspiration: Stop, Breathe, Think, Then Act.
2: Celebrating the Leaven of Life—Health: How to find it and Keep it.
3: Keeping Alive: Vital Keys of Age-related Disease
4: What Keeps You Alive? The Miracle of Metabolism:
5: Inflammation: the Crucible of Age-related Disease:
6: Clogged Pipes and tire blowouts: Lifeblood of Vascular Disease
7: Making Dementia Make Sense: Shoring up the Senior Brain:
Part Two: Lifestyle Changes and Prevention
8: Lifestyle-Related Ailments: Living Better Longer
9: The Magic of a Dynamic Life: How to Get Your MOJO back:
10: Ingestion Suggestion: Your Food Can Save Your Cells.
11: Get Out: The Health Benefits of an Optimized Social Life
12: The Essentials About Essential Hypertension
13: Happiness: What is it? How does one grab it and maximize it?
Part Three: Medical Care and Management
14: Understanding the Basics of How Medical Care Works.
15: Red Flags: Early Alerts for Age-Related Diseases
16: Practical Medication Information:
17: Everything You Wanted to Know About Supplements but Didn’t Know Who to Ask.
18: Planning a Good Finale
Jones, a retired cardiovascular surgeon and visiting professor of medicine and medical ethics at Baylor College of Medicine, employs his professional expertise as well as his personal experiences in this practical and sound book on aging in good health. Jones applies a 'free will concept' to health, arguing that lifestyle choices can make a crucial difference in 'keeping the golden years golden.' According to Jones, many chronic diseases are lifestyle-related and not an inevitable part of aging; he also points out that 74–77% of diseases are not genetically based. The book is divided into three parts: 'The Aging Body,' 'Lifestyle Changes and Prevention,' and 'Medical Care and Management.' In various chapters, Jones examines such ailments as vascular disease, inflammation, and dementia, and concludes that exercise, diet, and socializing are the keys to aging well. A section on improving medical care and choosing a good doctor may be of particular interest to those negotiating the medical maze (one suggestion is to opt for experience over personality). Interspersing health tips with nuggets of wisdom on various subjects, including happiness, religion, and remembering prescription schedules, Jones urges readers to apply 'grit' and discipline to their lifestyles, and to weigh immediate gratification against future benefits. Older readers seeking straightforward advice will enjoy and learn from Jones’s sage approach to quality aging.
Publishers Weekly

James Jones provides a practical and helpful guide to healthy aging. Well-written and supported by the most current research, readers will find the information they need to live well while they age.
Sudipto Banerjee, PhD, Research Associate at Employee Benefit Research Institute