How We Age by Marc Agronin
A Doctor's Journey into the Heart of Growing Old

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In the tradition of Atul Gawande and Sherwin Nuland, Marc Agronin writes luminously and unforgettably of life as he sees it as a doctor. His beat is a nursing home in Miami that some would dismiss as “God’s waiting room.” Nothing in the young doctor’s medical training had quite prepared him for what he was to discover there. As Agronin first learned from ninety-eight-year-old Esther and, later, from countless others, the true scales of aging aren’t one-sided—you can’t list the problems without also tallying the hopes and promises. Drawing on moving personal experiences and in-depth interviews with pioneers in the field, Agronin conjures a spellbinding look at what aging means today—how our bodies and brains age, and the very way we understand aging.
 

About Marc Agronin

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Marc E. Agronin, MD, a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Medical School, is the psychiatrist at the Miami Jewish Health Systems. He lives in Cooper City, Florida.
 
Published February 1, 2011 by Da Capo Lifelong Books. 322 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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A geriatric psychiatrist endeavors to provide "a more balanced perspective on aging."

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Publishers Weekly

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Geriatric psychiatrist Agronin (Alz-heimer Disease and Other Dementias) draws on stories of his patients to examine the gifts of wisdom and experience that come through loss. Literate, generous, and c

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The new book, How We Age, helps us understand the process of aging and what aging means today.

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New York Journal of Books

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A career spent working in what some might term “God’s Waiting Room” has helped psychiatrist Marc Agronin, Medical Director for Mental Health and Clinical Research at Miami Jewish Health Systems and author of How We Age, to understand that aging is not a disease and cannot be cured.

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Spirituality & Practice

Abraham Joshua Heschel, the great Jewish sage, is quoted as saying that this stage of life is "rich in possibilities to unlearn the follies of a lifetime, to see through inbred self deceptions, to deepen understanding and compassion, to widen the horizon of honesty, to refine the sense of fairness."

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Psych Central

Dr. Agronin is to be highly commended for authoring How We Age and bringing to light a new way of looking at the aging process and in caring for our elders with the same diligence and love with which they once cared for us.

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