Are you ready to live a long time, or do you dread it? Recent
medical advances mean we could live longer, but doesn''t guarantee
the quality of that life. In the words of one senior, "We''re not
living longer, we''re dying longer."
The good news is that it doesn''t have to be this
way. Getting older doesn''t have to mean living a limited
life. Author Lyndsay Green has interviewed forty successful seniors
to talk not just about the problems of old age but its strength and
These seniors were from all walks of life and from all over the
country, living in Victoria, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal,
Kingston and Halifax, aged 75 to 100. They have been
identified as the self-reliant seniors we would like to be and they
share their wisdom and strategies for independent and happy living.
The book combines their advice with cutting edge research, to
arrive at specific suggestions for what we should be doing now to
prepare for old age, and includes resources to help us implement
the advice, including:
- Money isn''t everything, and won''t cure ill-health or
- Cultivate new friendships now.
- To keep your dignity, give up your pride.
- You need a work plan, instead of a retirement plan
- To keep a home, consider leaving your house.
- If you push too hard to stay young you''ll get old faster.
The unique message is that we should not try to avoid old age.
Instead of trying to do the impossible to stay forever young, Green
comes to the radical conclusion that in order to get as much as
possible out of our old age we will need to embrace it.