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You Could Live a Long Time: Are You Ready? [Paperback]

Lyndsay Green
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March 25 2010

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 in denial about aging, mired in myths, dodging fears and regrets and still haven't cleaned out your basement?  Lyndsay Green’s calm and generous voice will take you to a clear, sunny place where you can plan instead of panicking.  The wisdom she has gathered from serene elders is rich with surprising insights and invigorating challenges to what you thought you knew. This is that rare self-help book that thinks and talks like a grown-up.

(Michelle Landsberg, author of Women and Children First)

The road to Crowd Invisible doesn’t have to be littered with loneliness and boredom, as you will learn in Lyndsay’s book. Discover how others have found the secret to fun and fulfillment. The surprise is that it is NOT all about money.

(Vicki Gabereau)

We’re not just living longer, but we’re dying longer and that fact is the basis for Lyndsay Green’s important new book. If you’re betting you are going to be part of the live-longer and live-better crowd, and let’s be frank, we all want to be, then whether you’re twenty, sixty or anywhere in between you better read this. It’s full of advice, really good advice, that you’ll be grateful you took when you hit those golden plus years.

(Peter Mansbridge, The National, CBC)

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 Author of Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values)

About the Author

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 concerns. She is Chair of the Board of Arts for Children and Youth, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the University of Toronto Art Centre.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots to think about! May 3 2010
We usually think about money when we think about being ready for retirement. This book gives us lots to think about before we decide to retire. What are we going to do with our time? Do we have a passion we can pursue. What do we think about volunteering? Will we have an active social life if we don't go to work? We can live a long time. Good questions and good answers. I heartily recommend this book for any age group.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prepare Yourself For Aging Well March 20 2014
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This book raised many points for discussion in our Book Club, members ages 65-75 years.
In order to age well, we have choices to make…to keep active socially/relationally, physically and intellectually.
These areas are well covered, along with a good sense of humor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You could live a long time March 18 2014
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This book makes us aware of how much longer we may end up living than people on average in earlier days. How do we take advantage of this additional time?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative March 15 2014
By Sharon
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In the Senior world, this book is very informative. Highly recommend it. Heard the author speak and she was very knowledgeable,
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful read Dec 29 2013
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As a senior I found it helpful to think about the issues that face us as we age rather than the more common narrow focus on having enough dollars to be able to retire. Have recommended it to other friends. Lots of good advice and practical suggestions. Well written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One-on-One with Peter Mansbridge rates it highly March 22 2010
I'm anxiously waiting for its release since watching CBC's One-On-One with Peter Mansbridge the week ending March 21, 2010. I was particularly interested in the observation from many of the "successful" (i.e. "content") seniors interviewees that reflects the truism of Charles Swindoll's observation: "I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it."
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