The Golden Years: Healthy Aging and the Older Adult by Christopher W. Bogosh
“My purpose is to help readers gain a better understanding of aging, good health practices, preventive medicine, common problems associated with aging and chronic conditions experienced by older adults. The chapters to follow will address each of these topics and more, including recent changes to Medicare by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).”
In this compact seven chapter book there are a number of helpful topics pertaining to the aging process. The author begins with an overview of how the body and mind ages over time (chapters one and two). “Biological, psycho-social, and spiritual factors converge when people age. This convergence causes increased rapidity in aging. The anatomical and physiological effects associated with aging occur at
every level of the human person. Changes occur in musculoskeletal, neurocognitive, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems. Every major system of the body experiences the effects of aging down to the microscopic level. Since the [biblical] Fall aging affects everyone; but there are things the older adult can do to live healthy at present to age well…”
Chapter three discusses healthy living. The author emphasizes the importance of healthy habits: eating in moderation, exercise, sleep, dental care, and a healthy attitude. Most of this was common sense to me, but still necessary as a sound foundation for good health. Chapter four contains a discussion of the author’s view of the Affordable Care Act and how it should benefit the senior population. He talks
about the cost involved in aging and dying, and the roles the elderly person’s healthcare team should play.
In the fifth chapter, a helpful discussion informs the reader about the Patient Self Determination Act (PSDA), what it is and what it is meant to do, living wills, healthcare management, the Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNRO), long term care and hospice care. All of this information I found to be valuable. Chapter six covers the more common health problems faced by the elderly including loss of loved ones and
bereavement, depression, cognitive loss, hearing loss, vision loss, sleep problems, incontinence, bone problems and heart conditions. The segment about the biblical perspective of suffering is a welcome addition to the chapter.
The final chapter looks at chronic conditions such as the different types of dementia, several kinds of cardiovascular complications, the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) category which includes bronchitis, emphysema, asthma and other miscellaneous factors such as exposure to asbestos (in short, nearly anything that causes breathing complications), and pain.
I think this book would be a great resource to keep on hand for reference. It gives a short but concise overview of the aging process and its challenges. In time the content may need to be updated to remain current as medical science advances and as laws and provisions change and improve. I would like to have seen a more detailed section dedicated to nutrition and the benefits of consumption of whole and fresh foods on health.
I especially appreciated the inclusion of a biblical world view as it applies to aging. A Godly viewpoint has an important impact on how we live our lives and how we face death. Knowing our lives are in the hands of a loving and caring God changes the way we deal with life threatening events and conditions, as the author so aptly wrote, “with the glory of God in view.”
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this commentary from Cross Focused Reviews (A Service of Cross Focused Media, LLC) and Good Samaritan Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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