Local expert on aging publishes health guide for men

By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 19, 2013, at 2:03 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — Lenard Kaye, a professor of social work and director of the Center on Aging at the University of Maine, has just published a comprehensive guide for men who want to stay strong, healthy and active into old age,  “A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging: Stay Smart, Strong, and Active.”

He and his co-author, Edward H. Thompson Jr., a professor of sociology and director of the women’s and gender studies department at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, were convinced that an easy to read yet comprehensive reference source for mid-life and older men simply was nowhere to be found.

For the past four years they have conducted an exhaustive review of current research and compiled it into a handy, non-academic and easy to read reference source.

The assumption is that once men reach middle age, most begin looking forward to “what’s next.” They gear up to experience renewed productivity and purpose and are more conscious of their health. “A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging: Stay Smart, Strong, and Active” is meant to serve as an authoritative resource for them, and for older men, as well.

In collaboration with various medical and health care experts, the authors provide a comprehensive guide to healthy aging from a man’s perspective. All aspects of men’s health are covered from head to toe, inside and out including tips on exercising safely, eating well and less, getting a good night’s sleep, reducing stress, looking good, getting in touch with his spiritual self, being heart healthy and guarding against a wide range of diseases men are at risk of experiencing including diabetes, cancer, alcohol and drug abuse, vision and hearing loss, bone and joint problems, and sexual dysfunction.

The authors also direct attention to the importance of maintaining sexual intimacy in later life, planning for retirement, serving as a caregiver to others and end-of-life planning.

The information is offered in four parts:

• “Managing Our Lives” describes actions men can take to stay healthy.

• “Mind and Body” considers how physical health and state of mind are connected.

• “Bodily Health” examines how body systems function and what changes may occur as men age.

• “Living with Others” shows the importance of interacting with friends and family.

The authors refute the ageist stereotype that men spend their later years “winding down.” The book was written to help men reinvent themselves once, twice  or more by managing their health, creating new careers, and contributing their skills and experiences to their communities.

Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, “A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging” is available for purchase at amazon.com.

 

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/11/19/the-weekly/local-expert-on-aging-publishes-health-guide-for-men/ printed on August 1, 2014