Dick Van Dyke’s Keep Moving and Other Tips and Truths About Aging (Weinstein Books, 2015) is a delightful look at how one legendary American entertainer has kept moving for nine decades. With the wit and timing he is known for, Van Dyke dances across his sixties, seventies, eighties, and now on the front door of his nineties and shares his thought on growing older (NOT old.)
He addresses healthy eating (chocolate Sundae every night); the value of social interaction (whistling and dancing at the grocery store); and the value and place of love in life (getting married again in his late 80’s) for a life that is full and rich.
If you are looking for some Hollywood lore alongside Dick’s thoughts on life at 90, there are some wonderful tidbits as well. One that really was interesting to me was the emphasis on NOT using dated references in the Dick Van Dyke Show which Van Dyke believes has allowed it to be on TV for over 50 years.
The rest of the book is vintage Van Dyke gushing about the possibilities (and the realities) of growing older. (His encounter with a salesperson at a well-known and trendy retail clothing store serves as a reminder that ageism does exist.)
But Keep Moving and Other Tips and Truths About Aging closes with a wonderful chapter that features a conversation with Carl Reiner and Van Dyke talking about growing older that was icing on the cake to me.
A wonderful and inspirational look at life through a senior adult’s eyes is what Keep Moving and Other Tips and Truths About Aging is all about. Van Dyke hits his mark with this book.
I liked this book and give it a “very good” rating.
Note: I received a galley copy of this book via Net Galley in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review.