Age to Perfection

How to Thrive to 100, Happy, Healthy, and Wise

Non-Fiction - Health - Medical
154 Pages
Reviewed on 01/20/2014
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Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite

Many of us see people celebrating their 100th birthdays on the news, and we wonder how they were able to reach that age and still look healthy and active. Age to Perfection: How to Thrive to 100, Happy, Healthy, and Wise by Walter N. Gaman, Judith K. Gaman, and Mark J. Anderson will tell you just how to do that. From eating right to exercising to having the right outlook on life, this book will fill readers in on the known and not-so-known secrets to living to 100. Readers will not only get advice from the doctors and health professionals who wrote this book, but they will also receive tips from living centenarians on how to live a long and happy life.

When I received Age to Perfection, I sat down and told myself that I would read a chapter or two before bed. Before I knew it, it was past midnight and I had read over 100 pages. This book is filled with fascinating facts and tips that everyone should know about. I was constantly telling my husband and other family members about everything I was reading because I realized how significant this information can be, and I want us all to live long, happy, and healthy lives together. Gaman, Gaman, and Anderson do an excellent job of presenting this information in an organized and well-written way that people of all ages and backgrounds can understand and relate to. I may be in my 20s, but I am so happy that I got the chance to read this book because it not only gives me a great outlook on how to live my life, but it also gives me an idea of how to raise my daughter. I recommend this book to EVERYONE. It’s never too early or too late to turn things around and begin your journey to a better life.

Eileen Johnson

Age to Perfection: How to Thrive to 100, Happy, Healthy, and Wise by Walter N. Gaman, Judith K. Gaman, and Mark J. Anderson is a health book that not only describes steps to take to live to be 100 years old, but gives the medical evidence that supports each of the recommendations. The authors describe how the number of centenarians has more than doubled in the past 30 years – and they predict that children born today may live to be 150 years old! They attribute this increase in longevity to ten achievements over the last 50 years, including everything from modern plumbing to better dental care. They describe the importance of a good attitude in the aging process, but they also acknowledge that genetics are important in the process.

As healthcare providers, Gaman, Gaman and Anderson describe four tests that they use to determine a patient’s health and chance of living to 100. They call this gamut of tests the AVAT Factor for the neurological, respiratory, cardiovascular, and telomere testing that are in the regimen. The concept of the telomere length testing was new to me – and a fascinating way to look at cellular health. Age to Perfection: How to Thrive to 100, Happy, Healthy, and Wise is full of recommendations for nutrition, supplements, sex and exercise to maintain a healthy life style even if you do not live to be 100. The list of references at the end of the book is a great resource list for further reading. This is an exceptional book about health.

Faridah Nassozi

Age to Perfection: How to Thrive to 100, Happy, Healthy, and Wise is a nonfiction book by J. Mark Anderson, Walter Gaman and Judith K. Gaman that focuses on personal responsibility for health and how we can change the way we live life to achieve better health and live longer and happier lives. With interviews from little kids to centenarians, the authors show the simple things we can do to change the way we live and achieve better health. They show how the different choices we make in life affect us in the long run. The key points emphasized in the book include eating well, exercising, positive attitude, family and spirituality.

The book takes a 360-degree view on life and gives advice on what we can do to prevent now very common health complications. From the various interviews, J. Mark Anderson, Walter Gaman and Judith K. Gaman have clearly revealed that living a long, healthy, and happy life is not rocket science - the secret is in taking personal responsibility for my life and knowing that the choices I make today determine my tomorrow. The advice from living centenarians is probably the most inspiring thing I have ever read; the way they have lived their lives shows that living longer and happier lives is possible and it is easy to achieve. Three incredibly knowledgeable and talented authors came together to produce an informative and easy to understand book with no complex medical terminology. Age to Perfection is inspiring, informative, and fun to read.

Kim Anisi

Age to Perfection - How to Thrive to 100, Happy, Healthy, and Wise by Walter N Gaman, Judith K Gaman and Mark J Anderson is aimed at people of all ages who would like to live as long as possible and as happily and healthily as possible. It touches on topics like your diet, sports, family life, sex, relationships, and offers a whole heap of information about modern medicine and possible advances we can expect in the future.

The book is worth reading if you would like to know more about how to live a healthy life and haven't read anything of the like yet. The book has a good design and puts the information across in easy to read chunks. There are quite a few images and graphs that are informative and put information across in a way that should be easy enough to understand for most people. There are also stories about people who have reached 100 years (or a bit less). How did they do it? What kind of advice do they want to give to others? Those were interesting to read - but more or less all had the same message.

While the book did not really offer me much in the sense of 'new' knowledge, I think this book would be a great start for someone who truly wants to make a change and live more responsibly and healthily. The book gives great advice and is also honest: the book itself can't save the reader - the reader has to do it himself/herself. But the book can certainly be a good motivation to get started.

Bil Howard

How would you like to live to reach your 100th birthday? Age to Perfection by Walter Gaman, J. Mark Anderson and Judith K. Gaman can help you reach that goal with a no-nonsense and common-sense set of guidelines to strengthen your health and let you live a longer and happier life. Tired of chasing cures and taking note that modern research has increased our knowledge about genetics and cellular function, Drs. Mark Anderson and Walter Gaman decided to work on the proactive and preventative side of health care by establishing their Executive Medicine of Texas practice, but also to share their knowledge and experience in Age to Perfection. The primary thing that they teach is that you must take personal responsibility for improving your health and preventing issues down the road. Using this as the primary stepping off point, the advice, charts, lists and helpful tools are laid out in a clear and concise manner to help you strive toward better health. Instant Insights strategically placed throughout the book give you a quick summary of each of the gems of information in order to quickly jog your memory. Another tid-bit that you will find are the occasional sections entitled Writer’s Wisdom which give additional insights into living and enjoying the good life. Essentially, there is enough information in this volume to help you make healthy life style changes. Are you up to the challenge?

In Age to Perfection, there is a wealth of knowledge that can certainly affect the longevity of your life; however, like all healthy changes, the choice is yours. The advice, information and guidance in this book come from research and experience that has proven to be some of the best methods for preventative and proactive health. Informative, encouraging and straight forward, Age to Perfection is the essential knowledge and guidance your doctor has been trying to give you for years compiled conveniently in one easy to use and easy to read volume.