Keep Moving

Keep Moving

And Other Tips and Truths About Aging

Book - 2015
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Baker & Taylor
The popular movie and television star shares his thoughts on embracing the later years of life with a positive attitude as he approaches his ninetieth birthday.

Perseus Publishing
Show-business legend Dick Van Dyke is living proof that life does get better the longer you live it. Who better to offer instruction, advice, and humor than someone who's entering his ninth decade with a jaunty two-step? Van Dyke isn't just a born song-and-dance man; his irrepressible belief in embracing the moment and unleashing his inner child has proved to be the ultimate elixir of youth. When he was injured during the filming of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, his doctor warned him he'd be using a walker within seven years, but Dick performed a soft shoe right there and never looked back.

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

 


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A movie and TV star, as he approaches his 90th birthday, shares how to embrace old age with a positive attitude. By the New York Times best-selling author of My Lucky Life. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Weinstein Books, c2015
ISBN: 9781602862968
Branch Call Number: BIO Van Dyke VAN
Characteristics: xiv, 239 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. (chiefly col.), ports (chiefly col.) ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gold, Todd

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tzerbanagothergun
Jun 27, 2017

I always wondered why I liked him. at first I thought it was the pratfall he makes over the ottoman, in the opening credits to the dick van dyke show. he looks effortless. then, I read in this book that he was a fan of philosopher Alan Watts, also a favorite of mine. Once someone close to me said in an off hand way, mary tyler moore was his mentor. I disagreed immediately. I didn't say, bullshit. I just disagreed. if anything, mtm's and dvd's relationship was the other way around. she was the younger one , the protégé at comedy. of course, she was a dancer, but she didn't teach him to dance. "The show wasn't a hit right away. We were up against the PERRY COMO SHOW, and my name didn't mean anything. We got canceled at the end of the season. But summer reruns helped, and Sheldon (Leonard) went to Proctor and Gamble and convinced them to stick with it. He said the show was too good to cancel. He was right. We took off in Season 2, and though we only did five seasons, thanks to syndication the show has rarely been off the air. Why has it held up? Carl (Reiner) had a rule: No references to current events, no slang, nothing that would date it. It also had to be real. He would tell the writer, 'I don't care how ridiculous a situation is as long as it could really happen. It has to be believable.' And, of course, above all else, the shows were funny." "THE NEW DICK VAN DYKE SHOW premiered. I reunited with Carl Reiner on this new CBS sitcom, which costarred Hope Lange as my wife. It was a solid show, but it never took off because viewers wouldn't accept me with another woman. One day a lady came up to me in the supermarket, hit me with her purse, and said, "How could you leave that wonderful Laura?' I learned a lesson: thou shall not cheat---even on your TV wife." "With the fall of Saigon, the Vietnam War finally ended, and it was many years too late, as far as I was concerned. I was against the war from the very beginning. I thought it was based on paranoia. Just like the Korean conflict, we didn't manage to do anything except lose a lot of lives." 5 Emmys, a Tony, and a Grammy. In 2013 he received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. He LIVES in Malibu, California.

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mammothhawk229e
Jan 19, 2017

Book felt honest & real from lessons in life, American history report card, consternation on dating younger woman, his brother's puzzlement why she dating Dick, his local supermarket having his credit cards rubber banded, how he freedance on film to his term insurance worthless by x age.

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Morwen
Sep 10, 2016

I enjoyed this book and found it inspiring, but it was difficult to read because the print was quite large--not as large as Large Print, but large enough to make me dizzy at first.

KCLS_Older_Adults Jan 06, 2016

This memoir is just as wholesome, fun and charming as Dick himself. You can hear his warm, avuncular voice throughout; for those of us of that era the songs and tv references bring back memories of simpler times with lots of smiles. A quick read with lots of digestible wisdom about aging. Highly recommended!

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