Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others
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Martha Stewart’s Living the Good Long Life is a practical guide unlike any other: honest and upbeat, with clear and motivating charts, resources, and tips from doctors and wellness specialists. From the best ways to organize your home to protecting your mental well-being and appearance as you age, this book gives accessible ideas that you can incorporate every day. And when it’s time to explore caregiving for others, you’ll know how to enrich their quality of life while preventing your own fatigue.
Martha’s 10 Golden Rules for Successful Aging provide a framework for chapters that cover your changing needs with every decade, including:
-Healthy Eating: Stock a healthy pantry for your dietary needs.
-Healthy Fitness: Stand strong on your feet by increasing your balance, endurance, and flexibility.
-A Healthy Brain: Stimulate new brain activity to prevent memory loss.
-A Healthy Outlook: Maintain a sense of daily purpose by strengthening social connections.
-Healthy Living Every Day: Medicate wisely while paying attention to aches and pains.
-Healthy Looks: Take care of your skin and match your makeup to your age.
-Healthy Home: Create a home that is a reflection of how you want to live.
-Healthy Living into the Future: Be your own wellness CEO to prevent future illness.
-Healthy Caring: Prepare for helping others while caring for yourself, and much more!
Healthy living begins with establishing small habits, and with Living the Good Long Life you’ll have a dependable source for thriving in your 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond.
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what it means for your health to be a caretaker—a role so many of us take on in midlife. You may want to sit and read this handbook straight through, marking the pages that most interest you so you can develop your own, customized healthy-living game plan. Or, you may want to dive straight in to “Healthy Fitness” (Chapter 2) or “Healthy Outlook” (Chapter 4), because those are the aspects of healthy living that you’re concerned with right now. Either way, rest assured that this book is meant to
better on memory, attention span, and eye-hand-coordination tests.9 Since the nerve cells that control the sensation of thirst become less sensitive with the years, you may be more dehydrated than you feel. Make a habit of sipping water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. STAY in shape for a better brain Nothing turns back the clock on mental decline more effectively than a healthy lifestyle. Research overwhelmingly indicates that regular aerobic exercise such as walking
benefits by bringing along a friend. “Social connections and having fun are key to mental and physical health,” says Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. “They protect you from heart disease, stress, depression, and even colds.” If hiking is a favorite, find like-minded adventurers through Sierra Club’s local outings (www.sierraclub.org/outings). Or if your interest leans toward outdoor photography, gardening, or bird-watching, consider starting your own group. Connect with