"Aging Well" by George E. Vaillant, M.D. - first impressions
"Aging Well" by George E. Vaillant, M.D. (Little, Brown and Company; Paperback; 2003) is an extremely readable book covering results drawn from a range of 3 prospective studies on aging, in particular, the HARVARD (GRANT) COHORT.
Edited and published in paperback format in 2003, there are a couple of instances where information is slightly out of date, but nothing significantly so especially when one takes into consideration the eloquence and insight with which the topic of this book is covered.
It is interesting that one of the best early indicators of failing to achieve longevity and maintained faculty into old age is smoking. It is also essential to note the part that loving and reciprocal caring in friendships and family relationships - as well as inter generational networks - play in a meaningful and fulfilling aging experience.
"Aging Well" is on the recommended reading list for Graduate Diploma in Arts Therapy at La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia.