Ageless Aging: A Woman’s Guide to Increasing Healthspan, Brainspan, and Lifespan

Mayo Clinic. May 2024. 344p. ISBN 9798887700519. $29.99. HEALTH
Age Wave cofounder Dychtwald (Influence: How Women’s Soaring Economic Power Will Transform Our World for the Better), with the help of Kate Hanley, takes a wide-ranging look at the subject of women’s aging. Dychtwald’s findings show that while women statistically live longer than men, they often develop a variety of health issues. The book’s first part, “The New Longevity,” reviews current research and postulates that age-related health issues can be avoided or improved if certain longevity-focused, science-based techniques are incorporated into one’s daily routine. Part 2, “Holistic Recipe for Ageless Aging,” dispenses advice about fitness, food, sleep, and even wealth management. The tips are sound—avoid sugar, make lifestyle changes in small increments, and more—but for many readers, these recommendations won’t be new. There are also clear definitions of scientific concepts that general readers will easily understand. The book’s sidebars take a closer look at relevant topics. Personal anecdotes from people who have adapted these techniques add interest, and self-tests give readers the opportunity to look at their own health practices and develop plans to improve them.
VERDICT This book’s strength lies in its efforts to bring together information about aging well in one easily accessible work.
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