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Given the millions of books that Amazon sells, this is quite an accomplishment.
Certainly, Martha has her legions of fans and an impressive publicity machine. The truth is, though, that this is a very upbeat and practical compendium of tips for healthy aging– “dedicated to all former, present and “future caregivers,” including her own mother, Martha Kostyra, who lived a healthy and active life into her 90′s.
Ladies, do you ever get frustrated with men trying to advise you about healthy aging? I do. (Sorry, Dr. Weil!)
This book speaks to women over 40. Martha describes her philosophy and approach to healthy aging. There are lots of black and white photos of Martha and her mother along with charts, lists and recipes to help you add Martha’s 10 Golden Rules of Aging to your life. It is a book that is very well researched but if you are looking for the latest in alternative healing or anti-aging diets, you won’t find them here. The health and diet information is very mainstream.
Besides the topics you might expect on healthy eating and healthy home, there are chapters about having the right outlook, healthy living into the future and healthy caring. That last one is unique for a lifestyle book. (There is a very generous preview of sections of the book, except recipes, on Amazon. Check it out.)
Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others manages to address the rather complex issues of caregiving for an aging family member and the ways to resolve issues that come up within the family in a straightforward and practical manner. There are descriptions of the latest housing options, like co-housing, that you may not have heard much about. Even if the oldest members of your clan are gone, you will find a selection of ideas to consider for your own healthy aging.
Like her previous books, Living the Good Long Life was artfully designed by the staff at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. One reviewer on Amazon commented that the design didn’t translate well to the Kindle format. So this is one to buy in paperback to enjoy its beauty.
Reviewers on Amazon give it 4.3 out of 5 stars. I recommend it, too.