No matter how much we age, the challenges we face daily never stop. Some are exciting and invigorating, others are scary and overwhelming. Some are easy to resolve and some are really tough to work through. That’s what life is all about — facing, recognizing, and somehow coping with everything that is thrown at us. As we age, the issues we face change and all too often we are completely unprepared to deal with them. This lack of readiness makes way for stress and anxiety. These two conditions and how to handle them take center stage in this book.
Though they do share some signs and symptoms, stress and anxiety are not the same. Both are powerful influences in our lives, and yet not all stress is bad. Stress effects can be harnessed and made to work for us.
Our stress management abilities change and biological defenses weaken as we age. This book addresses the changes that are specific to Baby Boomers. It explains how to recognize the difference between stress and anxiety, how to shore up personal defenses, and how to use stress in new and positive ways, thus promoting a healthier life into the golden years.
David Pargman, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology at Florida State University. Prior to his thirty-one years of service at FSU, he taught on the faculty at Boston University and City College of New York. Dr. Pargman is a member of the American Psychological Association, International Association of Applied Psychology, the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, and a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Pargman is a certified ombudsman for residents in Florida nursing homes and assisted-living facilities and a certified county court mediator. He is also a Certified Sport Psychology Consultant, and a member of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology. He has taught, advised, or counseled hundreds of individuals.