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The Upside of Aging (Hardcover)

Paul Irving

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Hardcover. The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy and Purpose explores a titanic shift that will alter every aspect of human existence,.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 304 pages. 0.484. Bookseller Inventory # 9781118692035

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Title: The Upside of Aging (Hardcover)

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The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World ofHealth, Work, Innovation, Policy and Purpose explores a titanicshift that will alter every aspect of human existence, from thejobs we hold to the products we buy to the medical care we receive- an aging revolution underway across America and the world. Movingbeyond the stereotypes of dependency and decline that have definedolder age, The Upside of Aging reveals the vast opportunityand potential of this aging phenomenon, despite significant policyand societal challenges that must be addressed. The book’schapter authors, all prominent thought-leaders, point to areinvention and reimagination of our older years that have criticalimplications for people of all ages.

With a positive call to action, the book illuminates the upsidefor health and wellness, work and volunteerism, economic growth,innovation and education.  The authors, like the baby boomgeneration itself, posit new ways of thinking about aging, aslongevity and declining birthrates put the world on track for amature population of unprecedented size and significance. Amongtopics they examine are:

  • The emotional intelligence and qualities of the aging brainthat science is uncovering, “senior moments”notwithstanding.
  • The new worlds of genomics, medicine and technology that arerevolutionizing health care and wellness.
  • The aging population’s massive impact on global markets,with enormous profit potential from an explosion in products andservices geared toward mature consumers.
  • New education paradigms to meet the needs and aspirations ofolder people, and to capitalize on their talents.
  • The benefits that aging workers and entrepreneurs bring tocompanies, and the crucial role of older people in philanthropy andsociety.
  • Tools and policies to facilitate financial security for longerand more purposeful lives.
  • Infrastructure and housing changes to create livable cities forall ages, enabling “aging in place” and continuingcivic contribution from millions of older adults. 
  • The opportunities and potential for intergenerationalengagement and collaboration.

The Upside of Aging defines a future that differs profoundlyfrom the retirement dreams of our parents and grandparents, onethat holds promise and power and bears the stamp of a generationthat has changed every stage of life through which it hasmoved.

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"In The Upside of Aging, Paul Irving assembles theleading thinkers to examine the most transformative demographicissue of our time. Conclusion: The future has begun and it's likelyto be longer than you think and better than you expect."
—Jane Pauley, award winning broadcast journalist andauthor, Your Life Calling

"When have you seen the words 'aging' and 'upside' in the samesentence? This myth-busting book demolishes obsolete notions,illuminating profound opportunities for our communities, oursociety, and ourselves. Its hopeful message, grounded in reality,will change how you think—and even how you live."
—Thomas Tierney, chairman and co-founder, TheBridgespan Group; former chief executive, Bain & Company

"A treasure chest of research, insight, experience, andpragmatic ideas, this highly accessible book is indispensable forunderstanding—and responding creatively to— today'smassive global demographic transformation."
—David Bornstein, New York Times columnist andauthor, How to Change the World

"An invaluable book. The Upside of Aging offers a freshlook at our later years. Its compelling insights reveal tremendousglobal opportunities that far outweigh the challenges arising fromthe convergence of longer lifespans and an aging population."
—Jean Chatzky, bestselling author and financial editor,NBC's TODAY show

"The Upside of Aging offers a wise counterpoint to thechorus of voices comparing the longevity revolution with some direnatural catastrophe: a 'tsunami' of elders about to overwhelm us. Acollection of thought leaders show us how much we have to gain fromall the years added to our collective life span. Optimistic,sensible and compelling, this book arrives at the perfectmoment."
—Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist,author, speaker, and commentator

"A potent antidote to negative stereotypes about aging, thiseye-opening book accentuates the many positives in longer lives anda longer-lived society. You will feel better just by readingit."
—Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, president, Institute ofMedicine

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