Purpose in aging is arguably the most important factor to enable a long, fulfilling life. While I’m in theory only at late mid-life, friends of mine who are 90+ years seem to validate this. The book is one that immediately caught the attention of a close friend who retired 25 years ago, and is going strong. His days are filled with a mind-dazzling array of activities and connections – making deliveries to a soup kitchen, shuttling friends, deeply active in church and community, walking at least 10,000 steps a day because the app on his iPhone tells him to.

While perhaps an example more from the edge, there are important guideposts here that can benefit each of us. Here’s a book that addresses that question squarely, framing an approach that’s a mix of common sense and proof points.

Many authors can talk about aging from their particular vantage points, but Dr. Agronin is on the front lines as he counsels and treats elderly individuals and their loved ones on a daily basis. The latest scientific research and Dr. Agronin’s first-hand experience are brilliantly distilled in The End of Old Age–a call to no longer see aging as an implacable enemy and to start seeing it as a developmental force for enhancing well-being, meaning, and longevity.

The acclaimed author of How We Age , whose “descriptive powers are a gift to readers” (Sherwin Nuland), presents a hopeful and practical model of aging–a guide to understanding how we can all make the journey better. As one of America’s leading geriatric psychiatrists, Dr. Marc Agronin sees both […]