You Could Live a Long Time: Are You Ready?

Paperback | March 25, 2010

byLyndsay Green

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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 benefits.

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 loneliness.
  • 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.

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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 l...

Lyndsay Green is a sociologist who has spent her career helping people use communications technologies for learning, working with groups as diverse as the World Bank, the National Film Board, and the Inuit of Canada. Lyndsay is known for her thorough research, practical advice, and uncanny and timely ability to tap into current social ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.75 inPublished:March 25, 2010Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887625274

ISBN - 13:9780887625275

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If you, like me, are finally becoming aware of your mortality and are beginning to wonder if the final third of your life will either be a living hell or a fascinating road to the hereafter, then you'll love the insights this perceptive "pollster" has garnered form her 40 remarkably wise elders mixed in with solid social science and lots of her own common sense. - Michael Adams, President of Environics, Author of Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values