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We all want to age well, but what does that really mean? Should we be playing endless Sudoku to stimulate our brains, or power-walking our way to eternal youth?

In Use It or Lose It Paul McIntyre, host of ABC Radio’s ‘Medical Matters’, sorts the fact from the fiction and reveals the practical measures we can all take to keep our body in good shape and our brain sharp and alert. Because when it comes to positive ageing, our physical and mental health are one and the same. Believe it or not, preventing a disease as serious as dementia is as much about pursuing interests and having a flourishing social life as it is about standard health prescriptions. Good nutrition, regular exercise, relaxation, social interaction and healthy activities are paramount for your body and your brain and your emotional outlook as you get older.

With key advice from experts in diet, nutrition, dementia research and psychology, and lots of activities and suggestions to inspire you, including some delicious health-boosting recipes, Use It or Lose It is an essential guide to remaining vital through mid-life and beyond.

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    9780143794936

    July 2, 2019

    Penguin Life

    272 pages

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  • EBook

    9780143794943

    July 2, 2019

    Random House Australia

    272 pages

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Extract

Introduction

‘I’ll tell you one thing,’ says Mum, distracting me as she scoops up the last of the chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream.

‘I don’t know much about positive ageing, but I’m positive I am ageing.’

Firstly, never stand between my eighty-four-year-old mother and a shared dessert. Secondly, she’s right. Every single one of us is ageing: you, me, work colleagues, neighbours and loved ones all experience the challenges associated with growing older. How to deal with those challenges is up to each one of us.

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