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You’re not dead yet! That is the message of Thomas Jones and John Cotton in their new book, Aging Aggressively. They want you to take the bull by the horns and take charge of your health.

Jones is a medical doctor who is now  is an emeritus adjunct professor of medicine and public health at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. He has had an extensive career in medicine, both in practice and education. He is a highly respected research physician trained in infectious diseases, international medicine, and public health. His book, written with Cotton an MS with a lengthy career in public health hopes to show older people who important it is to demand quality health care as they age.

If you are an individual in the United States over 50 years old, it is important to understand what is going on when it comes to health-care policies and doctor-patient relations so you can aggressively demand the best care. Once you know the ins and outs, you’ll feel more confident and enjoy the aging process. This information includes knowing the steps and missteps that brought the diagnostic tests and medication to the attention of you and your doctor.

You can and should be certain that your voice is heard in every aspect of social and medical planning. This includes being aware that your doctor may not have the same agenda as yourself, so learn to say “no”–particularly to diagnostic tests and medication not tested in your age group.

Aging Aggressively offers advice on personal health practices, including valuable resources to help you successfully manage your health, and how to fill your life with humor, animals, music and memories.

Dr. Thomas Jones Wants You to Age Aggressively  was originally published on

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