Getting an “A” in Successful Aging

Can you learn how to age more gracefully? Are there ways to become a more active participant in the aging process? Are there things you can learn to stay healthier longer?

The latest data says yes to all those questions. Good news for us all!

Those questions and more are addressed in the Successful Aging program of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine housed at Mass General in Boston. The nine-week course, designed for those 65 and over, equips participants with tools to help them use the latest advances in our understanding of the aging process. Among the topics covered are stress reduction using the Relaxation Response; how stress contributes to conditions like hypertension, insomnia, chronic pain and cognitive decline; mood enhancement methods to remain positive and ten tips on aging well.

For more information, download a Successful Aging program factsheet (PDF) or visit the MGH Benson-Henry Institute site.

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LPX Resources – Books

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RELAXATION REVOLUTION: Enhancing Your Personal Health Through the Science and Genetics of Mind Body Healing

Relaxation Revolution by Herbert Benson, MD, and William Proctor, JD, (Scribner, 2010) is the first disease-by-disease guide to treating illness through therapies based on the science and genetics of mind body healing. The strategies described in this book – which are supported by Dr. Benson’s extensive published research at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital – show you how to “switch off” or “switch on” gene activity associated with health and disease.  The Benson-Henry Protocol, introduced to the general public in Relaxation Revolution, can be used to treat various medical problems, including:

  • high blood pressure
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • infertility
  • insomnia
  • menopausal hot flashes
  • many pains, including backaches and headaches
  • phobias
  • and many other conditions


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