The Book of Books (for Retirees and Near-Retirees)

December 19, 2019

About 15 years ago, I read a book that changed my life.

You can’t really say that about too many books.  (The Bible?  Anna Karenina?  How to Win Friends and Influence People? Sometimes a Great Notion?)

But this one did.  It changed the way I eat, the way I approach exercise, and the way I approach life.  It came along just as I was about to undergo open heart surgery at the tender age of 52, and it helped me tremendously with my recovery.

It’s called Younger Next Year:  A Guide to Living Like 50 Until You’re 80 and Beyond. 

I know that many people have read it, but many more have not.  In a nutshell, it is a philosophy of aging;  diet and exercise, yes, but also money, drinking, sex, community, family, spirituality, friends.

It was written by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge, M.D.  Dr. Lodge, sadly, died a few years ago.  Chris Crowley, a retired “Big Law” partner, has turned healthy aging into a second career and still actively lectures and blogs at the age of 84.  He and other partners have written follow up guides (Thinner Next Year, etc.)  God bless him.

I know there are many books on aging and on slowing the aging process.  I have read a couple, but this is the one for me.  If you haven’t read it, get it and read it.  Give copies to your friends — there is still time before Christmas.

That’s it.  It’s day off from exercise (except maybe a walk with the neighbor’s dog) but lots of work to do.  Off we go.



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