Author(s): Roger Landry, MD, MPH
Over a decade ago, a landmark ten-year study by the MacArthur Foundation shattered the stereotypes of aging as a process of slow, genetically determined decline. Researchers found that that 70 percent of physical aging, and about 50 percent of mental aging, is determined by lifestyle, the choices we make every day. That means that if we optimize our lifestyles, we can live longer and "die shorter"--compress the decline period into the very end of a fulfilling, active old age. Dr. Roger Landry and his colleagues have spent years bringing the MacArthur Study's findings to life with a program called Masterpiece Living. In "Live Long, Die Short," Landry shares the incredible story of that program and lays out a path for anyone, at any point in life, who wants to achieve authentic health and empower themselves to age in a better way. Writing in a friendly, conversational tone, Dr. Landry encourages you to take a "Lifestyle Inventory" to assess where your health stands now and then leads you through his "Ten Tips," for successful aging, each of which is backed by the latest research, real-life stories, and the insights Landry--a former Air Force surgeon and current preventive medicine physician--has gained in his years of experience. The result is a guide that will reshape your conception of what it means to grow old and equip you with the tools you need to lead a long, healthy, happy life.
Dr. Roger Landry is a preventive medicine physician who specializes in building environments that empower older adults to maximize their unique potential. Trained at Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard University School of Public Health, he is the president of Masterpiece Living, a group of multi-discipline specialists in aging who partner with communities to assist them in becoming destinations for continued growth. Dr. Landry was a flight surgeon in the Air Force for over twenty-two years, and one of his charges was world famous test pilot, Chuck Yeager. Dr. Landry retired as a highly decorated full colonel and chief flight surgeon at the Air Force Surgeon General's Office in Washington, DC, after duty on five continents and being medically involved in a number of significant world events including Vietnam, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the Beirut bombing of the Marine barracks, the first seven shuttle launches, and the first manned balloon crossing of the Pacific. For the last decade, Dr. Landry has focused his efforts on older adults as a lecturer, researcher, consultant and author. He lives on Cape Cod.