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February 28, 2011

How We Age

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

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Agronin thinks so. In this thoughtful book, he writes about patients he’s known who have faced their Golden Years with grace and strength.

There was the wheelchair-bound man who couldn’t remember much personal history, but could carry on an eloquent conversation in his native Russian language.

There was the group of women with early-stage Alzheimer’s who embraced their own social network, showing Agronin that alone, patients might falter but together, their limitations were eased.

And then there was Marilyn and Mac. She accepted aging eagerly. He fought it. But both agreed that with years, came “gifts”: better judgment, contemplation, mellowness, and sometimes, delight. 

Part science, part essay, “How We Age” is not one of those books that blindly celebrates the so-called wisdom of years. Author Marc E. Agronin bluntly writes about dementia, forgetfulness, Alzheimer’s, and other issues that come with Seniority. He’s honest with his readers without trying to hide anything.

Then, he balances the bad with soaring stories of the goodness in becoming an elder, including serenity, knowledge, and acceptance. Agronin’s colleagues taught him that aging has no cure. His patients taught him that aging really doesn’t need a cure.

Thoughtful, warm, and wise, “How We Age” is a book for everyone who’s putting on the years, like it or not. For all of us, books like this never get old.

 

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