Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others

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Martha Stewart’s engaging handbook for living your healthiest life after 40—with expertise from doctors and specialists on eating, exercise, wellness, home, and organizing, as well as caring for others.

Martha Stewart’s Living the Good Long Life is a practical guide unlike any other: honest and upbeat, with clear and motivating charts, resources, and tips from doctors and wellness specialists. From the best ways to organize your home to protecting your mental well-being and ...

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Overview

Martha Stewart’s engaging handbook for living your healthiest life after 40—with expertise from doctors and specialists on eating, exercise, wellness, home, and organizing, as well as caring for others.

Martha Stewart’s Living the Good Long Life is a practical guide unlike any other: honest and upbeat, with clear and motivating charts, resources, and tips from doctors and wellness specialists. From the best ways to organize your home to protecting your mental well-being and appearance as you age, this book gives accessible ideas that you can incorporate every day. And when it’s time to explore caregiving for others, you’ll know how to enrich their quality of life while preventing your own fatigue.

Martha’s 10 Golden Rules for Successful Aging provide a framework for chapters that cover your changing needs with every decade, including:
 
-Healthy Eating: Stock a healthy pantry for your dietary needs.
-Healthy Fitness: Stand strong on your feet by increasing your balance, endurance, and flexibility.
-A Healthy Brain: Stimulate new brain activity to prevent memory loss.
-A Healthy Outlook: Maintain a sense of daily purpose by strengthening social connections. 
-Healthy Living Every Day: Medicate wisely while paying attention to aches and pains.
-Healthy Looks: Take care of your skin and match your makeup to your age.
-Healthy Home: Create a home that is a reflection of how you want to live.
-Healthy Living into the Future: Be your own wellness CEO to prevent future illness.
-Healthy Caring: Prepare for helping others while caring for yourself, and much more!
 
 
Healthy living begins with establishing small habits, and with Living the Good Long Life you’ll have a dependable source for thriving in your 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond.

"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."
Marlo Thomas
 

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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."
Marlo Thomas

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307462886
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 152,694
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha Stewart
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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Living the Good Long Life

A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others
By Martha Stewart

Clarkson Potter

Copyright © 2013 Martha Stewart
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780307462886

Don’t Retire: Re-Career

When asked her secret to longevity, one nonagenarian replied, "It's four easy words—never, never, never retire. Keep going, keep moving, keep thinking, keep living." Being involved in meaningful work is one of the best things you can do for successful brain and body aging, says Dr. Dennis Popeo. "It's 'medicine' in the best sense of the word. Working offers an older person the benefits of social engagement and purpose."

Working may also stave off cognitive decline, according to the National Institute on Aging. Their surveys show that retirees don't perform as well on cognitive tests as those who are still working, and global research supports this: in the United States and Denmark, where workers stay employed longer, people score highest on cognitive tests. So far, researchers can't pinpoint the aspect of "working" that benefits brain function, whether it's social interaction or the physical aspects of a job, but whatever the longevity secret of employment, it's working!

Even if you do choose or have to retire, it’s important to make an extra effort to stay intellectually engaged. Consider consulting part time or doing pro bono work. If you do wish to stay employed, bear in mind that finding your new role in the workforce can be challenging. AARP, formerly the American Association of Retired Persons, has taken up this crusade, working with large companies to promote the hiring of older workers. See www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting.

-Try Volunteering
Working on a volunteer basis or as an intern are two ways to try on a new career for size. Ask to fill in for someone on maternity/paternity or sick leave; this is called locum tenens, Latin for "place holder," when someone temporarily fulfills the duties of another.

-Segue to a New Career
Re-careering may involve refining or renovating your skill set. Or you might try something completely different—an interest or a hobby that you want to focus on for this new phase of your life. One woman turned a lifelong love of birds into work as a wildlife rehabilitator. After taking classes and getting a state license to handle wildlife, she rescues ospreys and other raptors.

-Look for New Opportunities
Start with your own expertise, whether it's your vocation or avocation. If you've always loved art, for instance, channel that passion and knowledge into being a docent for a museum. If you had a career as a tradesman, ask home improvement centers if they are hiring people with your skill set. "Never before have so many people had so much knowledge and so much time to use it" is the belief of www.encore.org, a website that helps middle-aged and older adults transition into second careers that help the greater good. It maintains listings of resources that include programs, people, and preparation for a later-life career. Look for opportunities around you: ask to shadow someone who’s doing a job you’re interested in.

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Excerpted from Living the Good Long Life by Martha Stewart Copyright © 2013 by Martha Stewart. Excerpted by permission of Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
The Ten Golden Rules for Successful Aging
 
Part 1: Healthy Living Today
Chapter 1: Healthy Eating
Chapter 2: Healthy Fitness
Chapter 3: Healthy Brain
Chapter 4: Healthy Outlook
Chapter 5: Healthy Living Every Day
Chapter 6: Healthy Looks
Chapter 7: Healthy Home

Part 2: Healthy Living into Tomorrow
Chapter 8: Healthy Living into the Future
Chapter 9: Healthy Caring
 
Resources
Endnotes
Suggested reading
Acknowledgments
Photo credits
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Martha Stewart is one of those figures which polarizes people. Y

    Martha Stewart is one of those figures which polarizes people. You either think she's a money grabbing, egotististical witch or think she is the best thing since sliced bread. This is a guide to healthy living for the over 40s, filled with useful plans to ensure you stay in shape and avoid the unhealthy lifestyle you might have enjoyed before.  

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Excellent Book

    This book is a comprhensive guide to aging. It explains in detail how to stay healthy. How to arrange your life, and home to maintain your health. I highly reccomend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    Great read!

    With good, solid information with responsible, well written advice thoroughly researched background data.
    I'm in my late fifties and I managed to glean several good pointers to help soften life's edges. Just what I needed to help me embrace ageing.
    Would recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 8, 2013

    Bedroom

    A dresser,a big squishy Queen size bed,and a small tv.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 25, 2013

    SAVE YOUR MONEY

    Not what I expected. Self serving dribble

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    Dave P.

    I found the chapter on how to make a shank out of a carrot to be very informative.

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