Resilience And Aging: Research And Practice by Helen LavretskyResilience And Aging: Research And Practice by Helen Lavretsky

Resilience And Aging: Research And Practice

byHelen Lavretsky

Hardcover | August 22, 2014

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When aging adults struggle with social isolation, financial instability, or the difficult work of caring for a spouse with a chronic illness, their levels of stress can be enormous. But many older adults are living longer and are trying to make the best of their later years despite being more vulnerable to stress. In Resilience and Aging, renowned geriatric psychiatrist Dr. Helen Lavretsky explains how enhanced resilience—which involves positively adapting to adversity in a way that maintains a person’s biological and psychological equilibrium—can counter that vulnerability. She describes how care, practice, and research all can be redirected toward emphasizing the positive aspects of aging and prevention.

Lavretsky summarizes the most up-to-date research on resilience, neurobiology, and preventive care. She also describes novel interventions—including yoga, tai chi, meditation, and allopathic techniques—that can help older adults improve their cognition and quality of life. Finally, she explores relevant clinical cases from her practice.

Designed for geriatric practitioners, researchers, and family caregivers, this practical book offers critical information on measuring resilience, the role of spirituality in reducing stress, and incorporating resilience-building procedures into clinical practice or everyday life. Throughout, the book’s revolutionary integrative approach aims to amplify personal happiness by allowing aging adults to remain healthy and active while simultaneously reducing the cost of chronic disease to families and society.

Helen Lavretsky, MD, MS, is a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of the Late-life Depression, Stress, and Wellness Research Program at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She is the coeditor of Late-life Mood Disorders.
Title:Resilience And Aging: Research And PracticeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.96 inPublished:August 22, 2014Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1421414988

ISBN - 13:9781421414980

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Dr. Lavretsky provides an intellectually stimulating journey into the meaning of resilience with aging, the impact of resilience on psychological well-being, cognitive functioning, and resilience-promotiong interventions... Resilience and Aging: Research and Practice is a wonderful book that provides the reader with an in-depth understanding of the complexities of resilience in aging and how practitioners can maximize resilience in aging patients.