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Age Smart: Discovering the Fountain of Youth at Midlife and Beyond [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Rosensweig , Betty Liu
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Americans are embracing an entirely new way of aging: one that's based on staying productive, staying active, and staying young in body and mind. Jeffrey A. Rosensweig and Betty Liu share strategies for bringing together all the elements of a long, happy, fulfilling, connected life. Starting today, you'll learn how to take advantage of the latest sciences of health and longevity... leverage today's most powerful techniques for protecting your financial security... find or keep the work you love... pursue a path to deepen your own personal spirituality, whatever form it may take. No Pink Pants is packed with easy-to-use tips and guidelines for everything from your portfolio to your medical insurance. The heart of the book: intimate interviews with individuals celebrated for what they've learned about getting better with age:  powerful role models ranging from Jimmy Carter to Helen Gurley Brown, Robert Mondavi to C. Everett Koop. Learn from their experiences; then use this book's easy worksheets to take control of your own future!

 



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“It’s not about staying young, but aging well. Rosensweig and Liu, a finance professor and a business journalist, respectively, offer a “holistic approach to aging smart,” just as the Baby Boomer generation begins to reach retirement age. The authors artfully combine factual health and financial information with spiritual and inspirational suggestions (as seen in chapters like “Practice Optimism” and “Nurturing Your Soul”) to comprise a comprehensive strategy for getting the most out of your senior years. Incorporated into the text are the perspectives of aging experts, including psychologists, anthropologists and medical scientists. More interesting are the inspirational stories from successful and famous people–including Jimmy Carter and longtime Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown–who are still creative, energetic and productive at age 60, 70, even 80+. Readers will also benefit from the solid financial advice in the closing chapters, which include practical information on saving, investing taxes and more. Those in their middle and upper years will appreciate this upbeat guide to aging happily and healthily.” 

 --Kirkus Reports

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Americans are embracing an entirely new way of aging: one that's based on staying productive, staying active, and staying young in body and mind. Jeffrey A. Rosensweig and Betty Liu share strategies for bringing together all the elements of a long, happy, fulfilling, connected life. Starting today, you'll learn how to take advantage of the latest sciences of health and longevity... leverage today's most powerful techniques for protecting your financial security... find or keep the work you love... pursue a path to deepen your own personal spirituality, whatever form it may take. No Pink Pants is packed with easy-to-use tips and guidelines for everything from your portfolio to your medical insurance. The heart of the book: intimate interviews with individuals celebrated for what they've learned about getting better with age:  powerful role models ranging from Jimmy Carter to Helen Gurley Brown, Robert Mondavi to C. Everett Koop. Learn from their experiences; then use this book's easy worksheets to take control of your own future!

 


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  • File Size: 607 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (March 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FEPCOU
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
What I most appreciate about this book is that it is uplifting in its sensibility. It isn't trying to provide us aging baby-boomers with some magic pill or breakthrough way of living that will defy the calendar. It is written for practical people who want to look at their whole life as they prepare for the decades when they can enjoy their senior discounts. The book begins by recounting the story of a retired executive who took on another high-powered job because he didn't like the way the retirees he knew drifted into wearing pink pants. He swore he would never wear pink pants and the authors encourage us to make the same commitment.

The authors start with a sensible and moderate approach to the care of body. While we all get new aches and pains and many have to cope with new conditions and illnesses, there are sensible ways to manage them and to give yourself the best shot at not contributing to new limitations. Moderate exercise, a sensible moderate approach to diet, and keeping an active, engaged, and curious mind are all important factors in keeping yourself active and able to enjoy your life. The only extreme they want you to take is lowering stress (without becoming slack).

The second focus is on your "soul" (in the current squishy way of referring to your emotional well-being). This is about staying engaged with other people, finding a purpose (being engaged with a community organization, a job, or something to keep you outside yourself), and enjoying your life.

The last section focuses on practical finance. It is absolutely important to stay focused on maintaining the means to support yourself as you age.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Practical Advice October 22, 2011
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"Some extremely curious people can't bear to go a day without learning something new."

Working beyond age 65 may become the norm in the not so distant future. "Age Smart" gives many practical ideas on how to stay young longer. This book addresses physical, mental, financial and spiritual considerations. The author's believe that 70 percent of the aging process is under your control. They give practical advice like how you should exercise for thirty minutes a day seven days a week. They explain how to read ingredient lists so you eat better and encourage the reader to eat foods in their natural state. There is also some information on why diets don't work and how lifestyle changes are needed for long-term health. Some of the most interesting sections of the book consist of interviews with people who have aged well. It is interesting to note that some people did not find their ideal career until well into their forties. Also it seems there are some things that will make you live longer like having a good sense of humor. I wouldn't recommend this book as the only book you read on aging but there are some important facts that could lead to you living a more productive life as you grow older.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked It Even If I Don't Agree With Everything February 14, 2012
By VB
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Here's my honest review:

Pros: The book really pulls together the concept of living healthier in your senior years nicely. The structure was tight and the various examples of diet and lifestyle and how they impact health was good.

Cons: The book is a bit on the long side for my taste because I prefer books I can read through fast and get the points dead on. The authors advocates meat (in moderation) but my personal views do not support meat eating so we can disagree on this. The financial section of the both seemed a bit out of place and I felt it could have been a companion book.

Overall, I like this book and it reminds me of Eating4Eternity.org: Unlock Your Holistic Health Lifestyle (The Holistic Health Nurse Series) which is a lighter read and more to the point but also focuses on a plant based diet. Both books promote healthy living but Jenny's book contains a meal plan which is a great bonus.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superbly written book May 25, 2006
By Randy
Format:Hardcover
I really enjoyed the book - it was very well written and I liked the balanced approach to aging. My favorite parts were the interviews because aging means so many different things to different people. It was good to know that things like staying curious and being an optimistic person are helpful in aging well and keeping the mind sharp. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone in their 30s, 40s and 50s who want to make sure they get to their older years in the best shape possible!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading August 9, 2006
Format:Hardcover
Great guidebook for anyone interested in "LIVING." Informative, entertaining, and motivating all in one read. Probably should be required reading for incoming freshman at University. Would have a more lasting impact and retention than most books found on traditional "required reading" lists.

Don Lichtenstein, PhD
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to love the life you live! May 22, 2006
Format:Hardcover
A must read for those of you seeking a more active, healthier, fulfilled and more prosperous life. Although still in my thirties, it's never too soon to learn from a nationally recognized and highly regarded economist about how to productively and positively maximize your days by nurturing your body, mind, soul and pocketbook. This book is an easy to read, feel good kind that renews your hope in living a long time and feeling good doing it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by MARK T.
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!!!
Age Smart is definitely, beyond any doubt, THE single most important book I've read in a VERY long time. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ocean Breezes
4.0 out of 5 stars Used text to speech to listen to this book
My kindle has a text to speech function and with the right cables, I was able to listen to the book while driving. Read more
Published 21 months ago by deeveebee
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspires you to get on the right path to healthy living
Although this book seems focused on an older population than me, I love the information in it. I really found the information very thought provoking. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jo-ann Albano
5.0 out of 5 stars Age Smart
Enjoyed this book. Found it very enlighting. Would recommend this book to others midlife and beyond. Thank you very much
Published 22 months ago by Mary Kay Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great advice.
Practical reminders for the growing demographic, me. Nice amount of research behind the insights and recommendations making them very credible. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Advice In General
This book contains a lot of good general advice for staying healthy throughout life. It is a bit vague in parts and too general for my taste. I found myself wanting more. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Kristine W. Karn
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the years!
This is an extremely interesting Kindle ebook which, as the writer says, is not about staying young but aging well. Read more
Published on November 7, 2012 by Lark Spring
5.0 out of 5 stars All Bases Covered
I was pleased that this book covers aging from all aspects. It comes from the standpoint of aging physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Read more
Published on October 27, 2012 by Jennifer J. Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful guide to the benefits and rewards of simple changes!
Having read many books during the past several years on "senior" health and retirement planning, I particularly like the chapters on health, "diet," and lifestyle in this book. Read more
Published on February 17, 2012 by AuntB
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