Non-Fiction: The Power of Positive Aging by David Alan Lereah

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that everyone is vulnerable to disease and death. A new book on aging, The Power of Positive Aging by David Alan Lereah offers readers a wise, practical and fearless guide to living joyfully in with uncertainty, illness and disability.

COVID-19 has shown that everyone is vulnerable to disease and death, but Americans are not comfortable with accepting that life is uncertain.

Inspired by his successful battle against Stage 3 cancer, author David Alan Lereah, PhD, offers a wise, practical and fearless guide to dealing honestly and confidently with the inevitability of old age and illness.

Americans are living longer than ever, a full 30 years longer than they did a century ago, but our forever-young culture associates these extra years with chronic illness and dementia. The Power of Positive Aging teaches that old age is an extraordinary adventure, not a burden.

The book offers a practical training guide to successfully cope with illness, aging and physical and mental decline. An easy-to-follow program of mental and spiritual exercises instructs readers in how to develop mindfulness and acceptance, along with strategies for pursuing a balanced life and seeking and accepting social support.

The Power of Positive Aging gives readers tools for both postponing physical and mental decline and accepting them with good grace when they come. Lereah urges readers to develop a positive attitude toward aging that will help us all treat ourselves compassionately, and he strongly advocates that older people unite with each other to transform an ageist society.

Author David Alan Lereah is an economist, cancer survivor, motivational speaker, and founder of the nonprofit organization United We Age. He previously was the chief economist for the National Association of Realtors and the Mortgage Bankers Association. He is the author of four books, the most recent being All Real Estate Is Local. Lereah’s economic commentary has regularly appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Business Week, and on CNN, CNBC, and other media. Lereah began his career on the faculties of the University of Virginia and Rutgers University. He earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Virginia. Lereah lives in Port St. Lucie, Florida. ◊

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