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Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others Paperback – April 23, 2013
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"In my Foundation’s health initiatives—and in my own life—I’ve seen again and again how even small measures to improve your health can make a big difference. Living the Good Long Life is full of simple ideas that can be incorporated into daily routines to help you feel better and keep on doing what you love."
—President Bill Clinton
"For thirty years, Martha Stewart has carefully coached us on how to take care of our homes, our menus, our crafts. And now in Living the Good Long Life, she has brought her brilliant skills to the mission of helping us take care of ourselves. With sparkling prose, no-nonsense instruction, and, as always, oceans of wisdom, Martha implores readers not to recoil from their advancing years, but to embrace and celebrate them—with invaluable tips on keeping our diets healthy, our bodies pumping, and our outlook forever sunny. I just loved this book."
"In this lovely book, Martha Stewart shares her experience and wisdom about how best to care for yourself and others as you go through life. The pages are filled with practical tips and useful advice for aging gracefully. I recommend it."
—Andrew Weil, M.D.
"Living the Good Long Life is the latest in Martha Stewart's arsenal of masterful advice. She inspires you to nurture your body, emotions, and total life experience, focusing on the opportunities that comes into life with an its-never-too-late-to-take-action approach. Martha offers lessons in strength, grace, and a complete glimpse of how to get up and keep going with the best of taste!"
—Tracy Anderson, author of Tracy Anderson’s 30-Day Method
"Only Martha could have written the definitive book on looking after ourselves as we grow older. I have found the value of a daily practice that incorporates yoga and writing, two disciplines that help me balance my spiritual and physical life. I hope that through this book, you will find what works for you."
—Alexander Vreeland, Luxury Goods Executive, President of the Board of the Iyengar Yoga Association of the Greater NY
About the Author
MARTHA STEWART is the author of dozens of bestselling books on cooking, entertaining, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She founded THE MARTHA STEWART CENTER FOR LIVING (MSCL) at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, a primary care practice that specializes in treating geriatric health conditions, as well as offering activities, classes and programs designed to help older adults get active and stay active well into old age.
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Martha states several times that it's never too late to start a healthy living regimen...not just physically but also mentally. She has established the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Medical Center in honor of her mother, and its purpose is geriatric research and development. This book is filled with great information regarding all aspects of life as we age. I started reading and couldn't put it down.
In the foreword written by Dr. Audrey Chang, she states that "While nobody can expect to live forever, the goal is to live the time we have with the best health and physical/mental capacity possible." This is so true! But this book is about so much more than that. Martha compares growing old gracefully to the life of a bonsai tree...always changing...growing more interesting through the years. I like that thought.
The book is written in larger than usual print, which I really appreciated. The layout is easy to read. You can find the topic you're looking for by following the Table of Contents or Index. Each chapter lists the topics that are in that chapter, so you can go right to the information you want to reference. There's a good listing of resource material at the end, as well as suggested reading material. The chapters are divided into two parts. I'll briefly mention (not by any means a complete listing) what the chapters contain in order for you to get an idea of what's in the book.
PART ONE: Healthy Living Today
Chapter 1: Healthy Eating
The importance of eating "real food", vitamins and minerals and their natural sources, stocking your pantry, mindful eating, samples of easy and basic healthy meals (including photos).
Chapter 2: Healthy Fitness (lots of illustrations)
Importance of being active every day; benefits of walking, yoga, stretching; improving balance; strength training.
Chapter 3: Healthy Brain
Creativity, healthy eating, mental exercises, effects of medications on the brain/memory.
Chapter 4: Healthy Outlook ("...age really comes down to spirit___the age you feel you are inside, no matter how old you are outside)
Being optimistic, changing negative thoughts to positive thoughts, having a purpose for your life, doing something new, what role pets play in our lives, social connections, laughter.
Chapter 5: Healthy Living Every Day
Maintaining your health through proper care of your body, immunizations, screenings, and sleep; building up your immune system; eye, oral, bladder, sexual health.
Chapter 6: Healthy Looks
Caring for and protecting your skin, identifying cancer, makeup, healthy hair.
Chapter 7: Healthy Home (pictures)
House design, safety issues, organizing, decluttering, lighting, plants, cleaning.
PART TWO: Healthy Living Into Tomorrow
Chapter 8: Healthy Living Into the Future
How to proactively prepare for your older years, choosing your physicians, reducing your risks of health problems, preparing for a hospital stay.
Chapter 9: Healthy Caring
Understanding the options when it comes time to decide on how to care for your elderly family member, financial considerations, insurance, end-of-life decisions, how to make your loved one's final days comfortable and enjoyable, and preparing for the end.
I have to emphasize again that this is a very abbreviated list of the huge amount of information you'll find in this book. I especially think the last few chapters on caring for the elderly and making end-of-life decisions is so important. This book covers so much territory.
The book is appropriate for men and women alike. It would be good reading for anyone approaching middle age...or older...and will inspire them to take control of the rest of their lives. It would also be good reading for anyone who has aging parents or is a caretaker of the elderly. This is one I'll be keeping for future reference.
I will say this... When it comes to reviewing advice book, diet books, and etc - there will be a feeling of... "Yeah... Yeah... I heard this before..." I don't think there's a perfect health book out there. If there were the bookstores wouldn't need a section dedicated to health.
Living The Good Life offers useful tips for anyone that wants to make positive changes in their life/health. Martha does an excellent job with the format of this book. The information in this book is very easy to understand and implement in your daily life.
Below are Martha's 10 Golden Rules....
1. Eat well
2. Maintain a healthy weight
3. Stay physically active
4. Get quality sleep
5. Wear sun screen
6. Collaborate with a good primary-care doctor regularly
7. Find you passion
8. Connect with others
9. Stop complaining - change what you can, and accept what you cannot
10. Stay curious
being her age -1 , she is in better shape than I am and her dear mother lived a long life and gave
her cooking tips and recipes . I wish she would write a book about her too.
An emotionally driven 4 stars instead of five because sometimes I find her to be a bit smug and I admittedly get jealous of her farms, her apple orchards, her horses, her immense vegetable gardens, and her personal trainers, blah blah blah. I am mature enough to accept that she is stinking rich, and i am not, but still felt like she could have gotten her points across without having to go there. Managing her stress in a tough situation like prison might have been a better use of time. Maybe it's in there; I haven't quite finished the book, but I'm not overly optimistic.
But I digress. She offers great tips and recipes, most of which are realistic and manageable. I liked the exercise illustrations, and the tributes to "big Martha" throughout the book. If you like Martha, and even if you love to hate her, this is a good read.