And Other Tips and Truths About Aging
In Keep Moving, Dick Van Dyke offers his own playful anecdotes and advice, as well as insights from his brother, actor Jerry Van Dyke; his friend and creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show, Carl Reiner; and other spirited friends and family. Whether he's describing the pleasure he takes in his habitual visits to the grocery store; how he met his late-in-life-love Arlene; or how he sprung back, livelier than ever, from a near-death experience, Dick's optimistic outlook is an invigorating tonic for anyone who needs a reminder that life should be lived with enthusiasm despite what the calendar says.
"You don't have to act your age. You don't even have to feel it. And if it does attempt to elbow its way into your life, you do not have to pay attention. If I am out shopping and hear music playing in a store, I start to dance. If I want to sing, I sing. I read books and get excited about new ideas. I enjoy myself. I don't think about the way I am supposed to act at my age - or at any age. As far as I know, there is no manual for old age. There is no test you have to pass. There is no way you have to behave. There is no such thing as 'age appropriate.'
When people ask my secret to staying youthful at an age when getting up and down from your chair on your own is considered an accomplishment, you know what I tell them? 'Keep moving.'"
- Dick Van Dyke
Praise For Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths About Aging…
In this follow-up to his memoir, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business (2011), song-and-dance man Van Dyke relishes his approaching 90th birthday and shares some tips for readers on reaching and enjoying that venerable age this is determinedly upbeat stuff.” Kirkus Reviews
Multitalented [Dick Van Dyke] shares his vast store of knowledge in a memoir that offers tips and truths about [how to] make living an achievement.” The Sacramento Bee
Hachette Books, 9781602862968, 264pp.
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
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1. Even though Dick Van Dyke is nearly ninety years old, he says he does not act or even feel old. How do you think a positive outlook can affect your behavior? Do you agree with Dick that there is no need to “act your age”?
2. Dick speaks briefly about how his father was “genetically poised to live a long life,” and yet dies at seventy-six. How do you think his father’s outlook differed from Dick’s? How is his father’s death revisited when Dick is fighting for his own life? Which of Dick’s other family members influenced him profoundly?
3. Dick has described himself as a “worrier,” but in his older years, he says that his worrying has been a “waste of time.” Why should older people worry less, in Dick’s opinion?
4. Dick and his brother Jerry have both followed similar paths in life, yet Jerry has a more pessimistic attitude towards aging. Consider Jerry’s thoughts on the dog Rocky’s health. In what way is Jerry’s attitude towards Rocky ironic?
5. Dick reveals that he has been asked to perform several times on “Dancing with The Stars.” Why does he refuse?
6. Which tips in this book can be adapted universally for healthy aging? Does Dick provide any advice that would benefit only a few?
7. How do you think this book will benefit an aging demographic? Do you think Dick’s thoughts and advice on aging will help younger readers prepare for old age?
8. How did the philosophy of “Keep Moving” influence Dick’s life following Michelle’s death?
9. Dick’s lighthearted narrative takes a more serious term when he speaks about his encounters with ageism. Have you seen ageism elsewhere in literature? Has there been a time in your life where you encountered ageism?
10. Having been born in the 1920s, Dick has seen a great deal of history unfold. How does his connection to history influence his conviction that the young should communicate more with the old?