Live Better While You Age: Tips and Tools for a Healthier, Longer Life


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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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6.0 X 9.1 X 0.9 inches | 1.15 pounds
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About the Author

James W. Jones, MD, PhD, MHA, is a well-known cardiovascular surgeon and award-winning medical educator. Now retired from surgery, Jones is still recognized nationally and internationally among vascular surgeons for his work in medical ethics and holds the title of Visiting Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics at the Baylor College of Medicine. He was the ethics editor and submitted regular articles to the prestigious Journal of Vascular Surgery for fifteen years. His career as a Board Certified cardiovascular surgeon, cell biology scientist, and department chair was further distinguished by his participation in research studies and the publication of hundreds of medical papers. In addition, Jones has co-edited or co-authored several books including Surgical Ethics and The Ethics of Surgical Practice. As a well-established expert in his field, Jones has been interviewed by major media including by Peter Jennings on ABC World News. He is regularly tapped as a speaker for national and international meetings of vascular surgeons. You can visit his website at


James Jones provides a practical and helpful guide to healthy aging. Well-written and supported by the most current research, readers will find the information they need to live well while they age.--Sudipto Banerjee, PhD, Research Associate at Employee Benefit Research Institute
Jones, a retired cardiovascular surgeon and visiting professor of medicine and medical ethics at Baylor College of Medicine, employs his professional expertise as well as his personal experiences in this practical and sound book on aging in good health. Jones applies a 'free will concept' to health, arguing that lifestyle choices can make a crucial difference in 'keeping the golden years golden.' According to Jones, many chronic diseases are lifestyle-related and not an inevitable part of aging; he also points out that 74-77% of diseases are not genetically based. The book is divided into three parts: 'The Aging Body, ' 'Lifestyle Changes and Prevention, ' and 'Medical Care and Management.' In various chapters, Jones examines such ailments as vascular disease, inflammation, and dementia, and concludes that exercise, diet, and socializing are the keys to aging well. A section on improving medical care and choosing a good doctor may be of particular interest to those negotiating the medical maze (one suggestion is to opt for experience over personality). Interspersing health tips with nuggets of wisdom on various subjects, including happiness, religion, and remembering prescription schedules, Jones urges readers to apply 'grit' and discipline to their lifestyles, and to weigh immediate gratification against future benefits. Older readers seeking straightforward advice will enjoy and learn from Jones's sage approach to quality aging.--Publishers Weekly