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Honest Aging

An Insider's Guide to the Second Half of Life

Your indispensable guide to taking charge of the second half of your life.

From Dr. Rosanne M. Leipzig, a top doctor with more than 35 years of experience caring for older people, Honest Aging is an indispensable guide to the second half of life, describing what to expect physically, psychologically, functionally, and emotionally as you age.

Leipzig, an expert in evidence-based geriatrics, highlights how 80-year-olds differ from 60-year-olds and why knowing this is important for your health. With candor, humor, and empathy, this book will provide you with the knowledge and practical advice to optimize aging. The book

• helps you recognize age-related changes in your body and mind and understand what's typical with aging and what's not;
• offers guidance for common health concerns, including problems with memory, energy, mood, sleep, incontinence, mobility and falls, hearing and vision, aches and pains, gastrointestinal problems, weight, and sex;
• shares advice on how to make decisions about health care, driving, and where to live;
• includes helpful checklists and lists of medications to prepare for doctor and hospital visits;
• recommends the best technology options, such as mobility devices, emergency device systems, and more;
• counters common myths about aging; and
• offers resources for additional information, self-help, and support.

Enriched by illustrations, patient stories, and deep dives into science and the latest research, Honest Aging gives you the tools to take control of your health and well-being as you age.

About the Author

Rosanne M. Leipzig, MD, PhD (NEW YORK, NY), is the Gerald and May Ellen Ritter Professor and Vice Chair Emeritus for the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is the editor-in-chief of the monthly newsletter Focus on Healthy Aging and coeditor of the fourth edition of Geriatric Medicine

Endorsements

"Dr. Rosanne Leipzig has been an integral part of the fine work done at the Martha Stewart Centers for Living and the nationally recognized Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. Her new handbook on aging is full of clear, practical advice that will make the second half of your life safer, more productive, and more enjoyable. It is essential reading for anyone who is growing older or whose loved ones are growing older—in other words, for all of us!"

- Martha Stewart

"This book is excellent, and I would recommend it to my patients. It includes all of the things related to aging in one place."

- Ciandra Dsouza, MD, MPH, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

"Building on her lifetime of rich experience and leadership in the field of geriatrics, Rosanne M. Leipzig synthesizes decades of insights into an indispensable guide to one's latter years. Among many valuable contributions, the book is notable in its attention to the diversity of the aging experience, including those who find themselves 'coming out' later in life. As a non-profit executive in the aging space, as an LGBTQ+ community activist, and perhaps most importantly as a human being who recently turned sixty, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a resource that wisely, frankly, and sensitively approaches the realities and uncertainties of getting older."

- Michael Adams, SAGE, Advocacy and Services for LGBTQ+ Elders

"Among the many books devoted to helping all of us to understand the aging process, Dr. Leipzig's Honest Aging sets a new standard. Her writing is crisp and readable for all of us who wish to understand these important years of our own lives as well as help us in engaging and working with older adults. I give her my highest praise. I wish I had written this book!"

- William J. Hall, MD, MACP, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Geriatrics. Department of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

"Aging exists in the shadows of the future. It holds promises of fulfillment and possible harvesting of professional and personal gardens. But it also portends failing health, burdensome medical interventions and prospects of debility. How can we successfully navigate the pathways of hope given the challenges to be encountered? This wonderful book highlights what to expect as we age and provides the intellectual and emotional framework for future positive and frightening events."

- Nancy Neveloff Dubler, LL.B., Consultant for Ethics, NYC Health + Hospitals; Professor Emerita, The Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center

"Professor Leipzig's book is an indispensable guide for us all as we age, packed with actionable, sage advice to help people prepare for and interact with our fragmented healthcare system. At once a masterful refresher of my geriatrics training, and accessible to all, Honest Aging will undoubtedly serve well as a reference to revisit frequently at key times as life progresses."

- Jeffrey Farber, MD, President & CEO, The New Jewish Home

"Dr. Leipzig's sage advice on topics ranging from hearing and vision to sexuality includes a plethora of well-organized medical facts and recommendations but also, most importantly, addresses the personhood and humanity of the older adult. Her calm, wise (and often humorous!) insights help us all to be less afraid of the years ahead and teach us that solutions and adaptations exist for almost any aging-related challenge so we can enjoy life to the fullest, wherever we are on the aging spectrum."

- Robin Glazer, Founder and former Director, The Creative Center at University Settlement

"A wonderfully practical and informative guide to help older adults and families learn what geriatricians know about maintaining health, wellbeing, and independence during the later decades of life. Dr. Leipzig explains clearly what changes to expect when it comes to the mind, the body, and one's abilities as one gets older, why they happen, and provides actionable ideas on how to adapt and what types of medical treatments are most likely to be helpful. I would highly recommend this book as a resource for all aging adults and their families."

- Leslie Kernisan, MD, MPH, author of When Your Aging Parent Needs Help: A Geriatrician's Step-by-Step Guide to Memory Loss, Resistance, Safety Worries, & More

"What I love about this book is its respect for the intelligence of reader. It is full of straight talk. It is clear and practical. I think of it like a travel guide for the aging process, something only the lucky ones who make it there get to experience. Take this book with you."

- Diane E. Meier, MD, Director Emeritus and Strategic Advisor, Center to Advance Palliative Care; Professor, Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

"This book is essential reading for anyone dealing with their own aging or that of family members and friends. It is chock-full of important information delivered in a warm and accessible style. It addresses embarrassing topics head on and provides enormously helpful advice about thinking through difficult decisions. Dr. Leipzig is a wise counselor. I've told all my friends to order Honest Aging the moment it becomes available."

- Judith Plaskow, Professor Emerita of Religious Studies, Manhattan College

"If you want clear, direct, and practical answers to your questions about normal aging and the diseases of aging, Honest Aging: An Insider's Guide to the Second Half of Life by master clinician Dr. Rosanne Leipzig is the book for you."

- Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH, Richman Family Professor of Alzheimer's and Related Dementias, Emeritus, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Co-author, The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss

"Wisdom about aging from a master clinician told by a master educator. In Honest Aging, Dr. Leipzig offers sound philosophical and practical advice that includes something for everyone. The book provides both up-to-date recommendations for maintaining health and enduring principles about how to approach changes that lie ahead. Thus, Honest Aging is both timely and timeless."

- David B. Reuben, MD

"Dr. Rosanne Leipzig has taught thousands of physicians how to help their patients age better, and I am one of them. With this book, she has created an indispensable guide to better aging, for both health care providers and their patients."

- Brent Ridge, MD, Founder of Beekman 1802

"Dr. Leipzig's book offers a pragmatic, no-nonsense guide to what to expect as we age and how to adapt and thrive in our later years. She provides a refreshing approach—with humor and candor—to understanding what's normal in the aging process and how we can best navigate its challenges and opportunities. A must-read for older adults and caregivers!"

- Judith A. Salerno, MD, MS, President, The New York Academy of Medicine

"Dr. Leipzig does not shy away from the challenges faced by all of us as we age. She discusses the challenges in a straightforward, practical, and often humorous way. She also highlights the less heralded advantages that come with experience and growing older. Dr. Leipzig, a renowned geriatrician, provides a straight-forward, easily read, and fun insider's guide to aging. I highly recommend it for individuals who are aging, loves someone who is aging, or who plan to age at some point."

- Mary Tinetti, MD, Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor, Medicine and Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine

"Dr. Rosanne Leipzig was a geriatrician to my father and stepmother. I cannot imagine a more thoughtful, caring, intelligent person to write on the topic of aging with grace and dignity. A frank book on the topic, written for the lay-person, is long overdue. Her comprehensive guide to self-care will enlighten and empower those facing the later years in life, as well as their children and caregivers."

- Rachel Kaminsky, Program Director, Artfully Dressed: Women in the Art World

"Honest Aging is a comprehensive and easy-to-read guide to the many changes we face as we age, with practical strategies to prevent decline when we can and adapt to it when we have to. I love the 'Advice for Loved Ones' and 'Resources' sections, and the whole book is absolutely invaluable for navigating growing older. As Dr. Leipzig says, 'how you react to challenges is a choice.' This book ensures that we have the tools to make good ones."

- Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH, Geriatrician, Oregon Health & Science University, Co-Director, Healthy Aging Alliance

"Honest Aging teaches the importance of being flexible and adapting to new situations as we grow older. My late wife, Edie, was a long-time patient and close friend of Dr. Leipzig for years. In fact, just before she passed away unexpectedly in 2017, Edie was scheduled to speak at a seminar, 'Sex in your Eighties' at Rosanne's. Desire for sex and intimacy doesn't disappear when we're older, even if age demands some changes in our habits. Let Honest Aging guide you and your loved ones to achieve new joy and empowerment, not just 'normalcy.'"

- Judith Kasen-Windsor, Public Speaker, Philanthropist, LGBTQ+ Activist & Advocate

"Reading Honest Aging felt as though Dr. Leipzig was sitting with me in her consulting room, explaining all the predictable things that may happen to us in our aging years, and why they happen, and what to do if they happen, and how to know if they are normal or not. When she was done, I left that meeting feeling safer, smarter, calmer, more competent to help myself stay well in mind and body, and grateful for this invaluable book."

- Martha Weinman Lear, author of Where Did I Leave My Glasses? The What, When, and Why of Normal Memory Loss

"My husband, who died at 101 in January of 2021, and I have both been in the care of the physician who wrote this helpful, thoughtful, truthful, witty book about the later stages of life. I am the fortunate beneficiary of Dr. Leipzig's care and her philosophy, which is embodied in Honest Aging. In every instance, I have found her clinical care and her help in leading me to the best solutions to my particular problems to be unimpeachable."

- Gloria Loomis, Publishing Agent
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