Super Vivere

Super Vivere : Reflections on Long Life and Ageing Well

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Today, one in five people will live to be one hundred years old. The need to understand what this change means for the individual and for society as a whole has never been more pressing. Super Vivere is a creative fusion between the arts and the sciences by a mother and daughter - Dr Maeve Rea, physician and principal researcher, and Susie Rea, acclaimed photographer. Through interviews and portraits, the book documents the personal stories and survival secrets of siblings in their nineties from Italy, Finland, Northern Ireland and Poland. This book presents not only a compelling picture of old age in the twenty-first century, but also a tantalising glimpse of the past from a generation that has lived through two world wars and change beyond most of our imagining. Super Vivere is a fascinating exploration of age and ageing, and an inspirational guide to more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 184 x 252 x 18mm | 580.6g
  • Blackstaff Press Ltd
  • Belfast, United Kingdom
  • colour photographs
  • 0856408662
  • 9780856408663

About Maeve Rea

Dr Maeve Rea is a Consultant Physician and Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine at Queen's University Belfast and the Belfast City Hospital. She studied medicine at Queen's University, and genetics and immunology at Stanford University, United States. She set up the Belfast Elderly Longitudinal Free-Living Ageing Study, looking at factors involved in successful ageing in nonagenarians and is a Principal Investigator in the Genetics of Healthy Ageing (GeHA) European Project to which each of the interviewees from this book have contributed. She is past Chair of British Geriatrics Society Northern Ireland, Chair Elect of the Policy Committee of British Geriatrics Society UK and a Trustee of AGENI. Susie Rea was brought up in Belfast. She studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design. After living for almost a decade in London, she returned to Belfast in 2007 where she now lives and more

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'We need to change attitudes to ageing, which much too often are dominated by negative misconception and prejudice. What better way can there be to look afresh at what it means to live a long life to the full than the remarkable collection of images and vignettes of Super Vivere?' Professor Tom Kirkwood Director of the Institute of Ageing and Health, Newcastle University Award-winning author of Time of Our Lives: The Science of Human Ageingshow more