As I sat in the hospital bed, I began reading the manuscript I’d begun. I saw right away that while I’d been living and breathing questions about the health and longevity of Aegis residents, I’d separated myself from what I learned. Overnight, my commitment changed. I was no longer working on a book about longevity. I had to pivot to focus on healthy living. I felt that maybe this health crisis was given to me so I would pursue longevity, learn even more about it, and share my knowledge with a broader audience to help them.
The inspiration for 30 Summers More came in part from Dwayne Clark’s oversight of the care for more than 60,000 amazing human beings as the CEO Aegis Living. He’s always been a passionate explorer of longevity principles and cultural health practices, having travelled to over 80 countries and interviewing hundreds of people. However, as Dwayne moved into his middle age, the psychological impact of his constant awareness of aging and death made him intensely more curious about living a good life, and even more, living the greatest life possible.
30 Summers More contains many lessons about longevity that Clark amassed from his front-line view into the lives of residents at Aegis Living communities. The book is full of the latest health and wellness research on living well as we age, and it includes micro-habits, or bite-sized actions, necessary for living our best life as we move into our senior years.
Clark’s hope for readers is that they take many, or a few, of the insights he offers inside these pages to help make their own lives exceptional, no matter their age.
Emmy-nominated co-host of the Emmy
award-winning talkshow The Doctors
As I continue my journey in life, I am confident that there is still a lot of life to live. So much left to see and experience! My ability to live longer is greater than I ever imagined possible. I’ve led a fantastic life and plan on doubling down in my next thirty summers on this planet!
Longevity is truly a passion of mine and one of the core pillars of my life’s work. As a doctor, better health through medical advancements is hardcoded into our DNA. As a husband and father of two, life is about maximizing the quality of time spent with those most important to me. Through knowledge and action, the defenders of longevity, I have been able to maximize my future experiences while minimizing the struggles we all face as we age. In the grandest way, life is not as much about where you are going, but more about the journey; it can be long and exciting or cut short due to pain. The choice is ours.
I’ve traveled the world in search of live long, live strong practices. At 60 years old, I think I still have more than half of my life to live.
Dwayne J. Clark is the co-founder and CEO of Aegis Living, which has more than 30 senior living facilities in the Western U.S., employs more than 3,000 staff members, and to date has served more than 60,000 residents. Clark and Aegis have been widely recognized for their excellence of care to seniors and employees alike, receiving a wide variety of awards
including The Family Business Growth Award by Seattle Business Magazine, Top 50 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and Lifetime Achievement Award from Senior Services.
Having finished medical school over 30 years ago, I have come to appreciate the day-to-day experiences which define our purpose which changes as we age. Education isn’t over when you get your diploma. I’ve never stopped learning or evolving my knowledge and practices. Even preparing for my daily appearances on “The Doctors” is like preparing for exams in medical school. Always learning. This constant desire for self improvement is one that lasts for a lifetime as a physician.
Sharing my knowledge to impact the lives of others is something I’ve been blessed to do in my medical practice, my work on television, and in my charitable work. My view of what it means to be a doctor has changed over the years. I once believed my job was to ‘fix and heal’ people physically. Now, I see my role to teach others how to take charge of their health – to take charge both physically and emotionally – a balance that allows the inside to support the outside. Healthcare should not be synonymous with triage but with vibrancy.
Being on the Emmy-winning television show “The Doctors over the past decade has opened many doors for me personally and professionally. One of the biggest is my opportunity to travel the world as a volunteer with charitable organizations; sharing my knowledge and lending my skills. I went to India with Smile Train in 2010 performing cleft lip and palate procedures for a population that is in dire need of these services. I’ve traveled the world in this capacity ever since. This is where my professional expertise and my passionate purpose come together perfectly. Strengthening my soul by helping others.
Meeting Dwayne J. Clark was another door opened. Not a doctor himself, instead he is a longevity explorer, we are teachers with a shared mission. Let me rewind the clock a bit on how our stories intertwine.
About the same time, I began in medicine, Dwayne started his work in the assisted living industry. While caring for patients in surgery, hospital beds, in private practice, on television and in my missionary work, Dwayne was taking care of his senior residents in different ways. As the Founder of Aegis Living, Dwayne has set a culture of education with his staff making them more committed to helping their residents. His one-of-a-kind facilities resemble luxury anti-aging resorts with a focus on anti-aging practices and social interaction; both proven to extend life.
Like me, Dwayne travels extensively in search of knowledge that can help us live better – body, mind, spirit. Funny, that we get connected at this stage in our lives where we value our similar purpose above all.
Dwayne and I share a deeply personal connection to our mothers. Dwayne and I are unknowingly brothers of the same fraternity – the one for sons who have had to watch their mother pass too early. My mother, stricken with Dementia, while Dwayne’s mother was overcome by Alzheimer’s, we watched, helpless. When you witness a parent you’ve loved deeply and respected your entire life become a shadow of their once vibrant self; it changes you. Your direction, focus, and purpose on the planet are forever altered.
As the Founder of Aegis Living, Dwayne stands at the front line of the aging community, witnessing such terrible diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s wreak havoc on the lives of his residents. The pain of watching some go through it is indescribable. Research in the field of preventing Dementia and Alzheimer’s is one that I especially champion and having Dwayne in the fight is critical.
30 Summers More is a fantastic compilation of how to seek out and cherish longevity – imagine watching the sun rise and set for years longer than you believe – filled with purpose and joy. This book is deeply personal, refreshingly presented, and extensively researched. His point of view on longevity is a call-to-action for all of us. He does not pretend to offer medical advice or beg for you to follow a specific diet and lifestyle. 30 Summers aligns purpose with health to provide lifestyle possibilities. Like I often do on “The Doctors,” Dwayne uses personal stories to educate and details the health experiments he has performed on himself – it’s packed with “longevity hacks.” He urges you not to ‘give into midlife’; warns not to overwork yourself into death. He passionately conveys that no one has a life sentence to their current state of health happiness. He pulls together chapters filed with research and case studies that clearly show that aging and illness do not have to go hand-in-hand. Readers are encouraged to make a deep connection with their doctors; rather than pulling people into a set philosophy of alternative health only.
True to his life as an educator and mentor, he coaxes the reader into becoming a life-long learner and to never stop applying new lessons in our lives.
This book delivers a powerful combination of how 40, 50, 60, 70, 80-year-olds can achieve a healthy edge while being inspired by their own life’s purpose. He encourages us to create ‘living artifacts’ with our creative endeavors, our philanthropy, our care for one another, and our constant investment in ourselves – proof that we are enjoying our time on this planet and leaving moments, experiences, and pathways for those who will come after us!
The underlying theme is to live a long and meaningful life. Before agreeing to perform any plastic surgery on a patient, I always ask them ‘why.’ Why are they altering their “outside.” First and foremost, people have to be coming to be for the right reasons; perhaps bringing back some confidence they might have been lost. Our outside can be perfect, but if our inside (body, soul, and mind) are unhealthy, we will never be truly happy. It doesn’t make a difference how handsome, pretty, or how young you look if you don’t live a long and meaningful life. On top of taking care of your general health, as Dwayne has discovered, having a purpose in life is imperative to longevity. Bravo!
Imagine if my mother, Dwayne’s mother, maybe your mother had access to this type of information BEFORE illness became stronger than life… Dwayne and I both share this mission; life should be long and spectacular. Learn, act, live!
You’ll be doing yourself and your family a huge favor by absorbing and practicing what you uncover in this book. Implement a single idea from Dwayne’s journey, and you’ll be on the road to living in the NOW, living WELL, and living LONGER.
In good health,