In a narrative that combines the intensely personal with social, economic, and historical analysis, Susan Jacoby turns an unsparing eye on the marketers of longevity-pharmaceutical companies, lifestyle gurus, and scientific businessmen who suggest that there will soon be a "cure" for the "disease" of aging. She separates wishful hype from realistic hope in a wide-ranging appraisal of subjects that include the explosion of Alzheimer's cases, the impact of possible cuts in Social Security on the economic future of aging boomers, and the fact that women make up most of the "oldest old." Finally, Jacoby raises the fundamental question of whether living longer is a desirable thing unless it means living better, and she considers the profound moral and ethical concerns raised by increasing longevity.
Never Say Die is a lucid, provocative, and powerful argument that Americans, no matter their age, are doing themselves no favor by buying into the myth that they can stay "forever young."
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"The author seeks to dampen the unrealistic expectations of Baby Boomers that they can expect to live--and live well--in their eighth, ninth, and tenth decades. The discussion confronts aging in a realistic way, reporting on scientific research but cautioning that the fruits of this research remain decades away. Laural Merlington offers a solid, engaging narration. Her tone and pacing underscore many of Jacoby's key points, her voice often rising in emotion when the author writes about the fate of a favorite relative who was reduced to spending her final months in a dreary nursing home, unable to do much on her own. Merlington owns the work in a way you would expect from the author herself if she had narrated her book. R.C.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"