Eric Pfeiffer, M.D., is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and founding director of the Eric Pfeiffer Suncoast Alzheimer's Center at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa. He is author of The Art of Caregiving in Alzheimer's Disease and has written and edited numerous medical textbooks. He lives in Tampa, FL.
"A work of inspiration and pragmatism rewarding for both the
scientific and general reader."-Gary J. Kennedy, M.D., Professor
and Director of Geriatric Psychiatry, Montefiore Medical Center,
Albert Einstein College of Medicine -- Gary J. Kennedy
"A highly readable, thoughtful book that contains many important facts and much wisdom."-Myron Weiner, M.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical School -- Myron Weiner
"A valuable addition to the existing literature, and I would recommend it to friends, patients, and their families."-Richard Marottoli, M.D., Dorothy Adler Geriatric Assessment Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital-- Richard Marottoli
The most touching and effective scene in Pfeiffer's (psychiatry, emeritus, Univ. of South Florida; The Art of Caregiving in Alzheimer's Disease) book on healthy aging involves an elderly couple's walks. Rain or shine, twice a day for ten years they walked briskly hand-in-hand-if pausing often to chat with neighbors. The scene illustrates, in a nutshell, the book's thesis: it is important for elderly people to exercise often, nurture relationships, interact with the community, and dream about what to be "when they grow up." Pfeiffer suggests daily vitamins and notes the possible benefit of limited hormone use for the recently menopausal, bypassing floods of studies on types and doses of both. Still, his counsel is always careful and caring. The writing reflects the humor he advises readers to retain, as when he discusses doctors embarrassed to prescribe sex to patients old enough to be their grandparents, despite its health benefits. "Educate your doctors about sex," he says wryly. Some fledgling doctors may think it is just for the young but "you and I know better." VERDICT A valuable guide to aging for a general audience.-Cynthia Fox, Brooklyn, NY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.