Younger Next Year for Women

Younger Next Year for Women

Younger Next Year for Women

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Co-written by one of the country’s most prominent internists, Dr. Henry “Harry” Lodge, and his star patient, the 73-year-old Chris Crowley, Younger Next Year for Women is a book of hope, a guide to aging without fear or anxiety. This is a book of hope, a guide to aging without fear or anxiety. Using the same inspired structure of alternating voices, Chris and Harry have recast material specifically for women, who already live longer and take better care of themselves than men. New material cov

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  1. bjbobbie says:
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    The best is yet to come!!!, July 26, 2006
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    This review is from: Younger Next Year for Women (Hardcover)
    I can’t even count the number of self-help books I have read. I have a degree in holistic science. I “know” all the things we are supposed to do. But having come thru a particularly tough phase in life, including the loss of a committed relationship, two cross country relocations and two job changes all within the last 5-6 years, I hit the age of 60 wondering, where did all the time go? what do I do now? is it true, as I always believed, that it is “never too late”? While I was pondering those questions, the age of 61 rolled around, and all of a sudden I felt everything from the last few years finally took its toll. I tried adding up the positives: I finally live in my most favorite place; I am consistently thought to look younger than I am; I work for a wonderful organization that serves a great cause; I have had amazingly good health and I am the only one I know past 60 who has no aches nor pains; I ran a half-marathon this spring; I have great friends; I have a meaningful spiritual life. Yet I still felt like I had run out of luck, and the downhill slide was before me.

    I am literally driving my car around with three crates of books I need to get rid of, but somehow I got captured once again by a book club that offers those 5-6 books for 99 cents. One of the clinchers was the title of this book. I thought, how crazy can I be – falling for a title like that?!

    Earlier this week my book package came, and last night I read almost this whole book (I recommend reading Part II well before you finish Part I, it is totally inspirational). The two-generational perspective of Chris and Harry is unique; Chris’ wit and his own story often fool the reader into thinking it’s the voice of the younger one. Harry has the scientific backup and puts the nuts and bolts into Chris’ idealism. This is truly one of the best books I have ever read, or perhaps it was just what I needed at the time of life I have reached – whether you want to use Gail Sheehy’s term “Second Adulthood” or the Third Act or however you want to think of what used to be called the “golden years.”

    I saw retirement kill my father in his early 80s, so I had already decided that I didn’t want to go that route. My financial condition assures that! One reviewer herein commented that the book did not address mental fitness – it certainly does. Chris makes much of getting involved in new relationships, in taking on new causes and interests and activities – I love his, just say “yes” when you have an opportunity to become involved in something but feel like sitting home and watching TV. I couldn’t believe I reached a point in life where I was turning into a couch potato.

    Having been a regular runner and a fair tennis player, I felt my half-marathon last spring was my last hurrah. I have been going home after work and taking naps, something I have never done in my life. I have wept at the thought of never receiving another hug or a kiss, as there are no prospects of connectedness for me (I am probably wearing my negativity on my face, driving anyone away who still has a zest for life). I lost a great love, having found him after I was 50, so I have become convinced, after 60, the odds are totally against me. And even what enthusiasm I may have had for life has been drowned in a horror that no matter what good may come my way, OLD WOMAN is stamped on every succeeding day.

    Today I have a new lease on life from this book. That crazy sign-up for yet another book club must have been Providence. I can’t get back my youth but I am taking back my life. I took a brisk walk before breakfast this morning, did a few minutes of yoga, and went online to Amazon to see if I could get this book – every woman I know, my friends from their 40s to their 70s, is getting this book for the next birthday or holiday gift.

    Get it, read it, live it, give it. I finally feel like I am going to have a great life again, and I’ll be such a magnet of goodness and joy and warmth, like Chris – maybe there will even be love again. For now I am going to hug my cat a little more and spend more time with friends and less time with the TV. The science in this book is sound, and the inspiration is unmatched. Thanks to Harry and Chris for snapping me out of the gloom and doom and – their word – decay. I am 61 years young!!!!

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