In early July 2010, we lost the “father of geriatric medicine”, and author of The Longevity Prescription: The 8 Proven Keys to a Long, Healthy Life, Robert N. Butler, M.D.  Dr. Butler was the President and CEO of the International Longevity Center-USA, founder of the first department of geriatric medicine in the country at Mount Sinai, as well as the National Institute on Aging within the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Butler was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and frequent adviser to the World Health Organization. The International Longevity Center continues to champion research and policy focused on helping the senior population age well and live vibrant lives. In our Boomer – Vitality section we provide a full review of The Longevity Prescription. Here is a snippet…

Unless you have been living in a cave somewhere, you should have a pretty good handle on the high price of an unhealthy lifestyle.  You may be surprised, however, to learn your genes do not predetermine your longevity.  A baby boomer turns sixty every 7.6 seconds, and many of those boomers approach life’s later years with fear and trepidation.  In this book, Dr. Butler sets out a definitive path to whole-life happiness, presenting research findings that balance physical health with emotional well-­being — a map for revitalizing and reaping the rich rewards of the final third of life. What is new is that each individual has the capability to control health and well-being in the three-decade dividend or bonus years. The takeaway message is that no matter what your age, there are ways to enhance your longevity. Those who age well don’t do so accidentally. Rather, it is the achievement of deliberate action, of “embracing longevity.”

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