The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project

Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life From the Eight-decade Study

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This landmark study--which Dr. Andrew Weil calls "a remarkable achievement with surprising conclusions"--upends the advice we have been told about how to live to a healthy old age.

We have been told that the key to longevity involves obsessing over what we eat, how much we stress, and how fast we run. Based on the most extensive study of longevity ever conducted, The Longevity Project exposes what really impacts our lifespan-including friends, family, personality, and work.

Gathering new information and using modern statistics to study participants across eight decades, Dr. Howard Friedman and Dr. Leslie Martin bust myths about achieving health and long life. For example, people do not die from working long hours at a challenging job- many who worked the hardest lived the longest. Getting and staying married is not the magic ticket to long life, especially if you're a woman. And it's not the happy-go-lucky ones who thrive-it's the prudent and persistent who flourish through the years.

With questionnaires that help you determine where you are heading on the longevity spectrum and advice about how to stay healthy, this book changes the conversation about living a long, healthy life.

Publisher: New York : Hudson Street Press, 2010
ISBN: 9781594630750
Branch Call Number: 613.2 FRI 2010 22
Characteristics: xviii, 248 p
Additional Contributors: Martin, Leslie R.

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This book is always available in the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ Cupertino Library. - BA 100 F 2011

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Drayjayeff
Oct 24, 2011

I may have rated this work a little too highly. It contains useful insights, but the writers seem too quick to generalize based on a study group that is homogeneous in too many respects.

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Nickaccount
May 25, 2011

Book is easy to read. It is like a conversation between friends, over coffee, who recount their research experience in the study of why some people live a long life. The researches, Howard Friedman and Leslie Martin, whose research experience covers the past couple of decades of their continuation of a longitudinal study started in 1921, of 1,500 four and five year old students, in the San Francisco area. As of the publication of the book, the study is still in process, because some of the subject were still alive. The original work was started in the 20's by Dr. Lewis Terman.

The authors were impressed with the characteristic of conscientiousness and sociability as key characteristics of people as predictors of longevity. The authors used, by way of example, Lewis Terman, the person who initiated the longevity study, and our local Ancel Keys, of the University of Minnesota, as conscientious and sociable people. Conscientious, Lewis Terman was dedicated to his psychological studies and Ancel Keys to his study of cholesterol. Sociability, Lewis Terman lived to 79, and died the same year his wife of 55 years died; and, Ancel Keys, who lived to 100

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zipread
Apr 05, 2011

If you want to find out what this book’s about you can check out the publisher’s web site http://www.howardsfriedman.com/longevityproject/
It reads like a lot of what’s between the covers of Psychology Today --- not that that’s a bad thing. There are even little self-evaluating tests that let you determine how you compare on various components of the book.
The book is easy enough to read and informative.
In spite of all that, I found the book eventually tedious. The way I see it, this book could easily have been compressed into something taking up a lot less paper. In addition, I’m not sure the book covered any new ground. Many of the author’s conclusions appear to be common sense. There’s nothing here of earth-shattering import. In fact, even the title could be misleading to some as it was to me. I was expecting something more medical --- something more about what could be applied today to increase life expectancy --- something more cutting age rather than a commentary about a study initiated over a century ago.
But read it for yourself. You may find more in this book than I did.

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