When aging adults struggle with social isolation, financial instability, or the difficult work of caring for a spouse with a chronic illness, their levels of stress can be enormous. But many older adults are living longer and are trying to make the best of their later years despite being more vulnerable to stress. In Resilience and Aging, renowned geriatric psychiatrist Dr. Helen Lavretsky explains how enhanced resilience-which involves positively adapting to adversity in a way that maintains a person's biological and psychological equilibrium-can counter that vulnerability. She describes how care, practice, and research all can be redirected toward emphasizing the positive aspects of aging and prevention.
Lavretsky summarizes the most up-to-date research on resilience, neurobiology, and preventive care. She also describes novel interventions-including yoga, tai chi, meditation, and allopathic techniques-that can help older adults improve their cognition and quality of life. Finally, she explores relevant clinical cases from her practice.
Designed for geriatric practitioners, researchers, and family caregivers, this practical book offers critical information on measuring resilience, the role of spirituality in reducing stress, and incorporating resilience-building procedures into clinical practice or everyday life. Throughout, the book's revolutionary integrative approach aims to amplify personal happiness by allowing aging adults to remain healthy and active while simultaneously reducing the cost of chronic disease to families and society.
Helen Lavretsky, MD, MS, is a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of the Late-life Depression, Stress, and Wellness Research Program at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She is the coeditor of Late-life Mood Disorders.
Preface1. What Is Resilience in the Context of Aging?2. Psychological Emotional Resilience and Cognitive Resilience3. Resilience and Longevity4. Biomarkers and the Neurobiology of Resilience5. Gene-Environment Interaction and Resilience6. Common Stressors of Old Age and Their Effect on Resilience7. Spirituality and Aging8. Social Models of Promoting Resilience9. Cultural and Ethnic Factors in Understanding and Building Resilience10. Measuring Resilience in Older Adults11. Resilience-Promoting Interventions12. Building Resilient Communities for Older Adults13. Resilience-Building Interventions and Prevention of Chronic Diseases of Aging14. EpilogueIndex