Author: Caroline Anaya, M.S.

Pub lisher: Professional Fitness Inc., 2011

ISBN: 978-0-9834676-0-1

The author of this peppy manual for keeping healthy in our so-called “declining” years couldn’t have better credentials. Caroline Anaya worked on the original Minimum Daily Requirements established by the USDA; the first diet drink (Metrecal); infant formula for UNICEF; and received the Distinguished Medal of Honor from President Dwight D. Eisenhower at age 27. Now 78, she teaches exercise and nutrition classes in Henderson, Nevada. I almost would be willing to move there to be under her influence.

Many of the recommendations you may have heard before — eat lots of vegetables, exercise, sleep well, keep your brain active, socialize — but I’ll bet you haven’t heard it with such efficiency and credibility — and fun. I enjoyed every part of this book (under 100 pages). The testimonials suggest she has charisma as well as expertise.

She credits a good number of people in her life who have taught her important things, including her first husband, a philosopher. As an expert in Cognitive Fitness, she seems extra-special, someone who goes beyond the usual memory issues to the very core of being human. She is, for instance, a Laughter Leader. (Yes, there is such a thing.)

The book’s subtitle, “The 7 Keys that Active Seniors Embrace for the Best Life”, reflects her appreciation that a growing number of people are taking a positive approach to aging. She refers to the resources of old age, such as wisdom, but still admires the young. While working as a personal trainer and instructor for her peers, she is raising a grandson. This is the new older generation.

I learned a great deal from reading her no-nonsense explanations of why some things don’t work (diets) and some things do (taking “the view from above”). I also learned from her reflections , which remind us of how and why we got here. Anaya is enthusiastic, expecting many of us to live into our 100s, but realistic, rooted in science. As someone wrote, “Caroline…knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”


"Caroline Anaya earned a BS and MS in Foods and Nutrition and has spent most of her professional life in the fields of nutrition and food technology. Upon retiring she began teaching Yoga and exercise, and still does. Having garnered much wisdom from her eventful life of 78 years, Caroline now offers an unconventional take on living a long time in her first book, The Curious Upside of Growing Older. Caroline was awarded "Woman of the Year 2011" by the National Association of Professional Women. She lives in Henderson, NV with her grandson whom she raises.

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