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Book Review

February 28, 2011

How We Age

But getting older has its benefits, says Marc E. Agronin, MD.

Norman, Oklahoma — “How We Age” by Marc E. Agronin, MD.

c.2011, DaCapo Press                   $25.00 / $29.00 Canada            302 pages, includes notes

There may be a correlation, but you’re not sure.

Do wrinkles directly contribute to crabbiness?  Can the sprouting of gray hair cause a general miasma? And why do people think “Senior Moments” are so darn funny? You wonder, because you’ve spotted another wrinkle and two more grey hairs, you forgot where your keys are, and there’s nothing humorous about that.

But getting older has its benefits, says Marc E. Agronin, MD. In his new book “How We Age”, he takes a look at aging – not from your body’s POV, but from your brain’s perspective.

Growing up in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, Marc Agronin had a good role model in his grandfather, who was the town’s beloved physician. Watching his grandfather at work inspired Agronin to become a doctor himself.

As a geriatric psychiatrist whose patients battle dementia, Alzheimer’s, depression, and other disorders, Agronin has seen the life-changing, life-threatening issues that come with maturation. But stereotypes and clichés aside, even though our culture is obsessed with youth, his patients also enjoy benefits that come with aging.

Once upon a time, we barely aged. Just a hundred years ago, the average human lifespan was around fifty years which means, says Agronin, that aging is “less a product of nature and more of a human achievement wrestled from nature.” Centenarians, in fact, are the fastest growing age group in today’s world.

But as we pluck gray hairs and worry at wrinkles, we need to remember that physical signs of aging are mere annoyances. The real issue to focus on is that aging is harshest on our brains. So, despite the inescapable fact that we have no Neuron Fountain of Youth to rely on, can we age well… in our heads?

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