The Longevity Revolution: The Benefits and Challenges of Living a Long Life

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-04-14
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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Dr. Robert N. Butler coined the term "ageism" and made "Alzheimer's" a familiar word. Now he brings his formidable knowledge to a recent and unprecedented achievement: the extension of human life expectancy by thirty years, and the growing number of people over age sixty-five.Alarmingly, our society has not adapted to this change. In this urgent and ultimately optimistic book, Butler calls for us to reexamine our personal and societal approach to aging right now, so that the boomers and the generations that follow may have a financially secure and vigorous final chapter of life.

Author Biography

Physician, gerontologist, psychiatrist, public servant, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Why Survive, Robert N. Butler, MD, is president and CEO of the International Longevity Center.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
What is the Longevity Revolution?p. 3
The New Longevity is the Biggest Challengep. 21
"The Greedy Geezer": The Manufactured Clash of the Generationsp. 31
Ageism: Another Form of Bigotryp. 40
The Changing Family and Longevityp. 60
The Disorders of Longevityp. 75
Human Interest in Longevity: The Power of Researchp. 97
Alzheimer's: The Epidemic of the Twenty-First Centuryp. 121
The "Biology of Extended Time": Evolution and Longevityp. 144
Cycles, Clocks, and Power Plants: Longevity Science and Aging Researchp. 162
Toward a Prescription for Longevity and Quality of Life: Health Promotion and Disease Preventionp. 191
Redesigning Health Care for an Older Americap. 214
Live Longer, Work Longer: Productive Engagementp. 237
Social Security: Self-Responsibility and the Statep. 256
The Private Sector: Providence and Risk-The Role of the Marketplacep. 278
The Politics of Aging and Longevityp. 304
Population Solutions to Longevity: Transition to Stable Populationsp. 321
Worldwide Democratization of Longevity: Overcoming Famine, War, and Pestilencep. 343
Threats to Longevity: Could We Lose the Longevity Revolution?p. 362
Imagining Longevity
The Good Life: Quality of Life in the Era of Longevityp. 383
Imagining Longevity: Challenges of the Futurep. 365
Appendix: Tablesp. 403
Notesp. 441
Bibliographyp. 493
Acknowledgmentsp. 531
Indexp. 533
About the Authorp. 559
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