Allen Ballard, a native of Philadelphia, and a proud graduate of its Central High School, holds degrees from Kenyon College and Harvard University. He’s a retired professor from CCNY and the University of Albany. The prize-winning author of three other non-fiction book and two novels, he, at age 87, still maintains a daily exercise routine of walking, upper-body workouts, and indoor and outdoor cycling. He lives in Clifton Park, New York, and is a great fan of the Adirondacks and, in particular, its crown jewel, Lake George, where he first went to work as a busboy at its Silver Bay YMCA resort at the age of 16. He still visits it yearly, but not to work!
“Professor Allen Ballard kept rolling along the University at Albany campus in upstate New York on an electric scooter into his mid-80s, and his latest book, “Keep on Moving!”, is a guide to getting around despite physical disabilities. His prose style, too, is lively and accessible, not weighed down and clotted like some academic writing. He gives clear, up-to-date and practical advice about the available options. A car lover, Ballard hated to give up driving, but his mechanical expertise and affinity for motion make him a good guide to potential consumers of rollators, electric bikes, trikes and other means for older and physically challenged people to keep on moving. It’s not just a nuts-and-bolts account of what’s available, but a vision of a better world despite inevitable physical decline, and testament to an indomitable human spirit.”—Robert C. Conner, author, The Last Circle of Ulysses Grant
“It is hard to get old, have a parent who is getting old or serve those getting old, so read this book. Allen Ballard—who is 87, unable to drive, with one leg having its own ideas and missing now-gone friends—makes life better for all of us. He describes how to select the walker with Olympian assets, the adult trike that means freedom from the house and the route for the long morning and end-of-day rides. As only a retired professor can convey, he describes brakes, gears, crankshafts, seats and lights with more patience than the young bike-shop mechanic who has decided you clearly know nothing about bikes. Allen Ballard gives us a gift of happy years at the end.” —Anne Lusk, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health