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  • ISBN-13: 9780743275156
  • ISBN-10: 0743275152


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 50.
  • Review Date: 2006-11-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Country music star Judd (Naomi's Breakthrough Guide) offers a mix of salty advice and inspirational suggestions to baby boomers as they age. Based on her own experience, interviews with contemporaries and reliable medical tips, Judd provides a sprightly and engaging perspective on the goal of healthily sustaining oneself physically and emotionally. Judd debunks the youth-obsessed media, which relentlessly stereotype and ridicule seniors. The author strongly believes in honing a positive attitude that includes practicing five daily acts of kindness, such as extending oneself to neighbors. Judd also affirms the importance of building a strong network of friends and family as well as relationships that may include a long-term love and satisfying sexual involvement. Judd's strong faith leads her to offer evidence for the value of spirituality as one ages, and she devotes a chapter to the often touchy subject of getting along with children and grandchildren. Nicely juxtaposed with her intellectual and psychological musings are the author's down-to-earth recommendations on nutrition, exercise and the role of both traditional and complementary medicine. Uplifting and informative, this should be popular with both fans and middle-aged readers looking for advice on how to move gracefully, and gratefully, into middle and old age. Photos not seen by PW. (Jan.)

 
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Naomi Judd is nothing if not honest. In Naomi's Guide to Aging Gratefully, she shares her secrets for keeping family close, keeping romance alive and keeping mind and body nimble.

In spelling out her philosophies for living well, she also dishes out a fair amount of Judd family dirt. Daughters Wynonna and Ashley, famous performers in their own right, take a central role in the chapter titled, "Children, Grandchildren and Parents," in which Naomi recounts the trio's now infamous appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and wonders, "If I say something in the woods and Wy and Ashley aren't there to hear me, am I still wrong?" Still, it's clear that for Naomi Judd, family will always come first. Judd even keeps a "mom line," a phone for her daughters only, which she always answers no matter the time of day. Judd's joie de vivre spills from every page of homespun wisdom. As she puts it, "Shift happens," but her approach to aging makes it sound downright fun.

 
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