SuperAging: Getting Older Without Getting Old

Flashpoint: Girl Friday. Apr. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781954854864. $26.95. SELF-HELP
This title from Cravit (The New Old: How the Boomers Are Changing Everything…Again) and advertising executive Wolf starts with true stories of what they call “SuperAgers”: older people—in their 80s, 90s, and even 100s—who are doing the unthinkable given their age. The authors list the seven A’s of SuperAgers: Attitude, Awareness, Activity, Accomplishment, Autonomy, Attachment, and Avoidance. Each of the seven A’s gets its own chapter, whose information is backed up by scientific studies. The book affirms that a positive attitude, an awareness of what you need for longevity, physical and mental activity, a sense of purpose, a sense of independence, and strong personal relationships are all keys to becoming a SuperAger. The authors also trace the history of how SuperAgers have evolved and how they differ from “DefaultAgers”—those who don’t see the positives of getting older. The book does more than just outline what a SuperAger needs, though. Each chapter provides concrete steps, tips, guidance, charts and even quizzes to help one shift into the broader and more all-encompassing mindset of SuperAging.
VERDICT A timely read and a great handbook for a growing societal group seeking to delay their physical decline.
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