Authors: Jeffrey Rosensweig, Ph.D. & Betty Liu
Rosensweig and Liu have organized a simple way for us to discover “the fountain of youth at midlife and beyond.”
The authors are: Jeffrey Rosensweig, Ph.D. – “director of the Global Perspective Program at the Goizeuta Business School of Emory University, has appeared on news and talk shows, and a keynote speaker; Betty Liu – award-winning business reporter who has worked in both print and television, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2000, and is currently an on-air correspondent for CNBC Asia. It would be safe to say that these two know about what they write.
First off, I was impressed with the forward – written by Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H, Founder, President, and CEO, Cooper Aerobics Center. This man encourages activity – “even moderate activity, when done regularly, can yield major health benefits at any age.” The book had my attention and I was now truly interested. Who doesn’t like to hear the words “moderate” when it comes to exercising?
“Just Say No To Pink Pants,” the first chapter in “Age Smart,” explains that when Donald Keough, president of Coca-Cola reached the mandatory retirement age, people were surprised to find him moving on to another position. This man who had worked all his life and made millions – why was he not enjoying his retirement? His response gave me a chuckle – “You kidding? I’d end up like those guys in pink pants.” Of course he was referring to golfers of retirement age at the golf resort where he had vacationed for many years. It appears that Donald doesn’t know what aging means – in the way we have always thought it meant anyway. No taking it easy, wearing pink pants, or counting the days until you lay down for a dirt nap for Donald. There are other examples of people over “retirement age” that have accomplished some amazing things – President George Bush, Sr. “dove out of an airplane to celebrate his 80th birthday.” There were “three things you can do now to live longer” – “reduce stress,” celebrate each birthday (it means you have increased your longevity), and live in a wealthy nation. Two out of three for me wasn’t a bad start!
Exercise, eat right, take care of your brain, stay curious, practice being optimistic, nurture your soul, stay social, realize your purpose, take control of your money, invest wisely are all part of the bigger picture if you’re interested in living longer -- “Age Smart” fine tunes it all in layman’s terms.
It isn’t necessarily difficult to live longer, but how you take care of yourself and your income will help you to live longer and happier. I jotted down a few tips for myself – since I plan to live long and needed a few pointers to make my longer life more comfortable.
There are “contributions from: Jimmy Carter, Rosalyn Carter, Dr. C. Everett Koop, Zig Ziglar, and many more.” The jacket boasts, “A guide to health, happiness, and financial freedom” – I wasn’t disappointed with the information, tips, and facts.
The above review was contributed by: Sue Vogan, Writer & Author of NCO-No Compassion Observed: To read more of Sue's reviews Click Here