Less than a hundred years ago, the average Western life expectancy was 40; now it is 80. The first person who will reach 135 has already been born. It s the most radical change in our society since industrialization, and naturally it raises many questions. What do longer life spans mean for the way we organize our societies? How can people best prepare themselves for living considerably longer? And what can we learn from old people who remain full of vitality, despite illness and infirmity? Growing Older without Feeling Old is the definitive book on a key issue for the 21st century, written by one of the world s leading experts in geriatric medicine.