The book helps people design their own future by providing creative and concrete examples of the myriad ways they can organize their living arrangements to support lives of quality and fulfillment. The book looks at down-sizing, modifying one's home and retirement communities, as well as innovative approaches such as co-housing, shared housing, supportive housing, and variations on all these themes. The focus is on practical solutions and replicable ideas with insights into the benefits and challenges. The book is rich with stories from people who are living the experience. - Jennifer A. Jilks Cottage Country Reflection
At first I thought that some of the lifestyle options presented in this book did not apply to me. I gradually began to realize that I should keep an open mind and just let the connections happen. The author explores, studies and draws some interesting conclusions about each lifestyle option. [...] At the end of the day, for me, several creative lifestyle possibilities have opened up for me. My level of awareness has increased. - Kenneth Robb Amazon Review
The author has done a lot of research into the factors and scenarios that will influence our quality of life as we age - from the kinds of housing that will suit our needs, the staged approaches to necessary levels of care, to the kinds of community and activities that will keep us engaged and active. She weaves real-life stories with comprehensive studies effectively and allows us to ask questions of ourselves and our community planners. - Carolyn Emerson Amazon Review
I am reading Lyndsay's new book about where to go when you get old and am amazed. I haven't come across this kind of information before. She is doing readers (aging and otherwise) a real service. Sobering, interesting and provocative. - Susan Swan, author of The Western Light
I just got a good kick in the butt from Lyndsay Green's new book. The Perfect Home for a Long Life: Choosing the Right Retirement Lifestyle for You. I've already downsized to a condo close to hospitals, groceries and other services, so I congratulated myself for covering off quite a few points in Green's introduction. Little did I know... - Jenny Lee, Vancouver Sun, July 3, 2012. Read the full review here.
The author has done a lot of research into the factors and scenarios that will influence our quality of life as we age - from the kinds of housing that will suit our needs, the staged approaches to necessary levels of car, to the kinds of community and activities that will keep us engaged and active. She weaves real-life stories with comprehensive studies effectively and allows us to ask questions of ourselves and our community planners. - Carolyn Emerson, posted on Amazon.ca August 21, 2013
Her clear, common sense "Start now" message hits home with many Canadians. Plan rather than panic and great advice from those who have gone before paint a thoughtful and doable approach to the future. I had the pleasure of meeting Lyndsay and we had a drink on my deck and talked about the importance of community and self awareness as we age. This is a must read! - Donna McCaw It's Your Time
Together, the book brings home the message that planning for one’s future as an advancing-in-age senior has as much or more to do with the emotional and supportive resources you have in place than the pure financial framework created through a traditional retirement plan. It’s good advice and a timely look at the whole-person decision making process residents and their families are in the midst of by the time they come to the conclusion that they are ready to contemplate retirement living. - Dialogue for Retirement Professionals
Her statement that we are not actually living longer as much as we are dying longer caught my eye and caused my heart to blip! Many of us have seen our parents pass on over the last few years - some were blessed with a quick exit while others lingered in various states of being - dying longer. Not really something we can choose but, while we are still in the driver's seat, some thought and planning could make it less harmful and feel less uncharted. Ms. Green's perspective is summed up so well by the name of her final chapter "Embracing Old Age". […] Youth is for the young! Bail off that Titanic - you know where it is heading! I plan on acting my age by being the healthiest, smartest, strongest old person I can be but, I will still be old! - Eileen Hopkins A Journey to Health
I was barely into the book when I realized it was going to change my life. Aunt Jean's proactive ways and enthusiasm for life had me hooked in the introduction and kept me in her grasp right through to the end! […] We would be wise to make plans for ourselves and prepare not only our homes and finances, but our emotions, attitudes and relationship with God, so we can indeed live well in our dying years. (Read the book and that statement will excite you instead of making you feel gloom.) Good books help--and this is one! - Ruth Smith Meyer
This is a positive book, partly designed to take the fear out of aging. [...] You Could Live a Long Time is filled with resources to investigate for additional information. And, while this book was published in 2010, these resources are still current as I write this. [...] Acknowledging the diverse world in which we live, Ms Green brings to her readers’ attention the innovative work and values of groups and organizations around the world who are improving elders’ lives and also suggests that we have much to learn from Aboriginal peoples and communities of persons with disabilities. Is the book worth reading? Yes indeed it is. Ms Green’s voice is enthusiastic. Her book is easy to read meaning its information is readily accessible, especially if you wish to re-read sections later. The table of contents lists the chapter titles, as well as concise summary statements that introduce each section within the chapters. It is rich with interesting stories, practical advice and useful resources. - The Senior Page
I have to admit I tend generally avoid anecdotal self help books. I'm glad I read this one! [...] The book is a light read precisely because it is well organized with a table of contents that allows you to easily find sections of interest to go back to. It was also a holiday gift from a relative. Much appreciated. Recommended. - L. King Amazon Review
Having been a financial planner myself I know living the good life as we age is not about the money. […]The unique message is that we should not avoid old age. Instead of trying to do the impossible to stay forever young, Green comes to the radical conclusion that in order to get as much as possible out of our old age we will need to embrace it. - LifePower Blog
You Could Live a Long Time: Are You Ready? combines [self-reliant seniors] advice with cutting edge research, to arrive at specific suggestions for what we should be doing now to prepare for old age, and includes resources to help us implement the advice, including: Money isn't everything, and won't cure ill-health or loneliness. Cultivate new friendships now. To keep your dignity, give up your pride. You need a work plan, instead of a retirement plan To keep a home, consider leaving your house. If you push too hard to stay young you'll get old faster. - Muskoka Lakes Public Library Book Club
My current book is called You Could Live a Long Time: Are You Ready?, by Lyndsay Green. Her main point is that many of us are going to live longer than we expect. […] My planner is currently assuming I'll live to 85, and I'm aiming for 100. That is a long time by human standards. I certainly won't have enough to retire at 55 and live comfortably for that long. Almost nobody does. Yet there we are. The book talks about some of the consequences of this, and coping strategies. Part of the problem is that many people aren't living longer, they're just dying longer. One of the suggestions boils down to constant renewal, trying new things, meeting new people, going new places, while maintaining current connections. Sooner or later one end of that connection is going to go away, and you'll need all you can get. - Keith Cartmell
Green draws on her own experience looking after the elderly and interviewing elders to help younger readers (anyone under, say, 80) prepare to live a good, long life, with emphasis on the “good”. Green tackles important subjects about aging like ensuring you have a strong emotional support circle, and how to appreciate getting old instead of fighting it. Her book weaves science, statistics and stories seamlessly into a readable narrative unlike any other book I’ve ever seen on the topic. This one is a keeper, and should probably be mandatory reading for everyone who plans on living to a ripe old age. - Lisa Sanson. Read the rest of the review on the Your Workplace blog.
Mature Action Committee feels that every Canadian should be sent You Could Live a Long Time: Are You Ready? as mandatory reading when they turn 50, much as new drivers have to read the rules of the road before they can pass their road tests and be given their driver’s licenses! It truly is a road map to ageing. Sue Lawther, President, Mature Action Committee, Whistler, BC
Lyndsay Green: Smashing Success - On September 30 Kerby Centre hosted two great events in celebration of National Seniors Day. Toronto writer and sociologist Lyndsay Green spoke about her book You Could Live a Long Time: Are You Ready? for audiences in the afternoon at Kerby Centre and in the evening at the Petroleum Club. Both occasions were a smashing success! Check it out.
We’re not just living longer, but we’re dying longer and that fact is the basis for Lyndsay Green’s important new book. If you’re betting you are going to be part of the live-longer and live-better crowd, and let’s be frank, we all want to be, then whether you’re twenty, sixty or anywhere in between you better read this. It’s full of advice, really good advice, that you’ll be grateful you took when you hit those golden plus years. - Peter Mansbridge, The National, CBC
Are you in denial about aging, mired in myths, dodging fears and regrets and still haven’t cleaned out your basement? Lyndsay Green’s calm and generous voice will take you to a clear, sunny place where you can plan instead of panicking. The wisdom she has gathered from serene elders is rich with surprising insights and invigorating challenges to what you thought you knew. This is that rare self-help book that thinks and talks like a grown-up. - Michelle Landsberg, author of Women and Children First
If you, like me, are finally becoming aware of your mortality and are beginning to wonder if the final third of your life will either be a living hell or a fascinating road to the hereafter, then you love the insights this perceptive ‘pollster’ has garnered from her 40 remarkably wise elders mixed in with solid social science and lots of her own common sense. - Michael Adams – author of Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values and president of Environics
Village Gamer calls Teens Gone Wired "a sound investment in the mental and physical well-being of our children and in family values." "Without a doubt, Teens Gone Wired: Are You Ready? by Canadian author, researcher and sociologist Lyndsay Green should be required reading for all parents. While both of my kids are well past their teen years and have been wired for years, this book still contains a lot of important information about one of the greatest challenges on being a parent: communication. I would go so far as to also recommend this book to teachers and caregivers who also play a part in the upbringing of our future generations." Check out the whole review at villagegamer.net.
Irene S. Roth at Canadian Book Blog gives Teens Gone Wired 5 out of 5 stars. "This book will help individuals to parent their kids about the internet with vigilance, knowledge, and self-awareness." Check it out here.
Lisa Jemus Facebook Post - "This book is INCREDIBLE! Not only is it a phenomenal resource all on its own, but I have now ordered several other books that were recommended throughout. I am now going to FB about it like crazy! THANK YOU LINDSAY GREEN!!" Check out more Facebook feedback on our Facebook page.
Erin Kristalyn on Twitter - "@lyndsaygreen I'm reading Teens Gone Wired right now...really interesting read for teachers of digital teens too! #teensgonewired"
"You weave the personal stories and examples in seamlessly and it's like sitting down with a really open, wise, experienced friend. I particularly love how you encapsulate the duality of each issue in the chapter titles and acknowledge the two sides to every issue in the introduction, making clear that your focus is not on condemnation or uncritical acceptance, but working through the nuances of complex issues."- Shari Graydon informedopinions.org
“A must-read for parents of today’s teenagers. Green deftly demystifies the social impact of the wired world. She integrates what we know about teen social psychology to help parents guide their children in the use of new digital information and entertainment technologies. She sees a future in which all of us can use the new media and not let it use us. And she does so in plain accessible jargon-free English.” - Michael Adams, author of Stayin’ Alive and President of the Environics Group of Companies
“I recommend Green's book as essential reading for parents who seek to connect with their teen. Her engaging and accurate insights into the impact of teenage exposure to the internet are a timely tool for today’s parent.” - Dr. Ainslie Gray, MD. Springboard Clinic, Toronto www.springboardclinic.com
“This book will be especially useful to parents who are trying to gauge whether their teen’s online behaviour is signalling a potentially serious emotional or social problem that needs professional attention, such as depression, anxiety, bullying, or addiction – and it will help them work with their children to turn problems into successes.” - Gordon Floyd, President & CEO of Children’s Mental Health Ontario