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August 9, 2013

Boomer Talk: A fascination with the famous


I know ... it surprised me, too. But then I thought about all Martha has accomplished in her 72 years and how endlessly creative and smart she is. As an entrepreneur, author and TV personality, she has a net worth of who knows ... $300 million? Her successful career even survived her notorious imprisonment, when in 1994, she served a five-month term in a federal correctional facility followed by a two-year period of mandatory supervision.

I especially appreciate her demonstrated resilience. And, she still looks beautiful, hardly aging. She has to be doing something right. Adding to her kudos is her new book, “Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others.” Martha collaborated with a team of specialists in aging, and they came up with “The Ten Golden Rules” for staying physically, mentally and socially fit. Some of it we have heard before ... eat well, stay physically active, get quality sleep, connect with others, wear sunscreen, maintain a healthy weight (notice she does not say be “runway-model thin,” just a healthy size).

But Martha then adds rules you may not have thought about. She says, “Collaborate with a good primary care physician regularly.” This is wise advice, making sure we have one high-quality doctor who know us, follows our health history and can make the proper referrals when necessary. Another of the 10 rules addresses the importance of “finding your passion.” It may be something entirely different from what you were excited about when you were younger, when you poured your energy into raising kids or having a full-time job. Now, as we move into and through retirement years, we can explore our other interests and talents, like writing, teaching, music, art or a sport. Clearly, it helps to feel excited about waking up each day to pursue what we love to do.

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