Since the early days of our residency training in the progressive Residency Program in Social/Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY in the 1970s, we have had an interest in preventing disease and disability in older adults.Our 70+ combined years of practice caring for older adults has given us the experience of counseling thousands of people concerning how to best achieve a vigorous and healthy old age.We wanted to consolidate the wisdom we have acquired and present it in a way that would have the best chance of convincing people to change unhealthy behaviors and maximize their chances for an active and high quality life.
We chose the format of a cartoon picture book written in rhyme for its enjoyable, engaging and easily understandable format. We are lucky to have award-winning cartoonist Isabella Bannerman as our illustrator.
“Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking”, wrote John Maynard Keynes. We hope that our slightly wild presentation of this very serious information will inspire young, middle-aged, and older adults alike to think seriously about taking care of themselves. We hope that they won’t have to say, as Eubie Blake is reported to have said, “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.”
Our book covers the topics most relevant to successful aging:
|– Physical activity||– Nutrition|
|– Mental activity||– Healthy behaviors: not smoking, moderate alcohol|
|– Social engagement||– Sex|
|– Spirituality||– Bowel patterns|
|– Hobbies||– Pets|
|– Balance||– Sleep|