Life, Camera, Action! Everything You Need to Know About Living Well You Can Learn from the Movies

Life, Camera, Action! Everything You Need to Know About Living Well You Can Learn from the Movies

by Di Patterson
Life, Camera, Action! Everything You Need to Know About Living Well You Can Learn from the Movies

Life, Camera, Action! Everything You Need to Know About Living Well You Can Learn from the Movies

by Di Patterson

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Do you consider yourself a wise person? Chances are you have a lot more wisdom than you give yourself credit for—no matter how much formal education you may or may not have had.

Noted Gerontologist, speaker and author Di Patterson highlights a wealth of life’s lessons for being happier and more fulfilled. Her sources are not professional treatises on aging and wisdom or academic papers. She takes her cue from … the movies.

Sometimes you don’t realize just how much you have learned until someone points it out. That’s exactly what Gerontologist Di Patterson does.

There is a saying that some people grow wise with age, others just grow old. Di Patterson challenges this notion and, in a most enjoyable and entertaining way, suggests that we all have gained wisdom. She proves it by highlighting a range of life’s lessons from the movies.

Her sheer enthusiasm for films is infectious. Her unique view of movies as vehicles for everyday wisdom is refreshing and enjoyable.

Each of the book’s ten sections starts out with a “Tip” that is the focus of the films that follow. Each Success In Aging® tip is both useful, and something that serves us to be reminded of. No matter what your age or life experience, it is important to remember—and practice—principles like:
• Love yourself enough to take care of yourself.
• Laugh!
• Exercise and keep those feet in motion.
• Feed yourself well.
• Be kind to yourself and get your rest.
Twenty two films that delightfully illustrate these keys to a happier life are briefly outlined, and Di’s description shows how the point is validated.

What Life, Camera, Action! presents is less about revelation or education and more about re-focusing on and recognizing what you very likely already know. It delightfully ignites enthusiasm for the wonderful stories you have seen on the silver screen. Just reading it encourages you to re-examine the lessons you have learned as you have traversed the journey of your years so life can be easier and just plain more fun!

The result of this innovative approach to looking at things is that we realize that we know all this from traveling the path of our life. As that awareness sinks in, we can accept that we are truly age-wise. And we begin to recognize there are many other things we have learned that we might not have identified as wisdom until Di deftly pointed it out. She shows we have a wealth of experience to draw from if we will just look.

When we watch a movie, we often don’t see it as the writers, producers, or director intended us to. We might miss the important life lessons because our experiences have led us to an understanding that is different than the one the makers of the movie had in mind.

However, as we mature, we begin to view and understand more of what we failed to appreciate at an earlier age: those wonderful messages in the great movies that have stood the test of time and told much truth through unique characters and unforgettable stories.

Aging well—success in aging—is that activity we do that is birthed in our attitudes and spreads to our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual selves.

Being actively engaged with the things we can control—sound nutritional choices, good exercise habits, mental strengthening through new activities, dancing, laughter, volunteering, practicing friendship, and positive attitudes, to name a few—has been proven to make us more able to cope with the challenges that aging can and does bring.

So look for the movies that make you happy, bring you laughter and tears, challenge you to be your better self, and convey some wisdom you can give away to others after using it yourself.
When you do these things, you are truly being AgeWise.

“I am convinced that if Success in Aging® principles are proactively added to your life, you will become well seasoned—boldly embracing right attitudes, right thinking, and right actions. You also will have the chance to be truly well flavored, enhanced, and preserved … not only for yourself but for those you love and care about. I believe that being the best YOU at any age is simply to be AgeWise.” Di Patterson

Life, Camera, Action! is a deceptively small book that packs a very big punch for those who are willing to consider their lives—at any age— and be very well pleased with what they see.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014104555
Publisher: Gero Ink
Publication date: 12/01/2011
Series: A Success In Aging® Book , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Di Patterson is a noted Gerontologist, featured speaker at national and local Aging events, popular workshop leader, and a prolific writer and author. She is the founder of Success in Aging TV®, an innovative website dedicated to inspiring, educating and providing resources to people who want to enjoy and flourish as they move through the aging process. She has received numerous awards for her work and writing, and is a pioneer in utilizing technology for promoting success in aging. Among other volunteer and advisory positions, she is co-founder and president of The Let’s Group®: Consulting and Consortium of Professional Gerontologists, an advisory member of the National Association for Professional Gerontologists (NAPG), and an Ambassador for the Orange County, CA, Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Aging well—success in aging—is that activity we do that is birthed in our attitudes and spreads to our physical, mental, spiritual and emotional lives. My goal as a Gerontologist is to bring you a greater understanding of yourself while you are approaching your older years; and all of us are, one day at a time. You must arm yourself with relevant research and good information: the best defense against wrong thinking, bad planning and procrastination.”

Di addresses positive aging as a goal for everyone, no matter their age. Visit Di’s work at

Di is an avid gardener and an enthusiastic movie buff. She and her husband, Paul, live in Orange County, California and enjoy their 6 now-adult children, numerous grandchildren, and countless friends.
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