Drawing on scores of personal interviews, this straightforward yet introspective volume of real-life accounts provides a felt sense of the challenges and blessings of aging. Unlike many books on the topic, In Later Years focuses particularly on older seniors--those in their late seventies, eighties, and nineties. Interviewees thoughtfully share their joys, regrets, accomplishments, and things left unfinished, while also considering the ways they cope with diminishing physical and mental abilities. Weaving these personal reflections and accounts together, Marshall explores questions of meaning and spirituality that ultimately reveal larger themes and hold up the opportunities for discovery, connection, and renewal available to us in advanced age.
The book also serves as an invaluable resource for family members and caregivers, suggesting ways to understand and help with the issues that attend growing old. Detailed appendices provide tips and a simple curriculum for gathering and facilitating group discussions.
In contrast, other retirees engaged with the world are seeking out fulfilling projects and programs. These people are looking for things to doways to use their newfound years to fulfill old dreams. Once they did, they did not describe life as a half full (or half empty) bucket; they needed two buckets to hold the summation of their lives!
These are the people who inspired the writing of Dance until the Music Stops. With personal experiences, research, anecdotes, insights, and humor, author Esther C. Gropper developed this guide to help seniors enjoy their retirement and learn the whats what of extended life.
He poses the following questions: Suppose that in our effort to be as healthy as we could possibly be, we engaged in a pursuit that also let us have funand that while having fun we became totally absorbed and therefore willingly disciplined in our efforts? Suppose further that because of our dedication and discipline, we were eventually rewarded by public recognition and tangible rewards? What if as our days sped by in this happy, rewarding, and disciplined existence, we also met large numbers of friends who were similarly healthy, dedicated, and interesting? And suppose that through the friends we made and the recognition we received we became able to be of service to other older people who needed help in bringing themselves to a condition of greater health and fitnessand therefore happiness. That would be true satisfaction of the highest order.
He claims that his positive answers to these questions have been the result of his participating in Masters athletics and teaching physical fitness classes for older adults. In this second edition of You Dont Have to Act Your Age, McFadden has added tips for seniors on how to choose an exercise class that meets their needs, as well as advice for younger relatives of seniors who now live in convalescent facilities on how to encourage their loved ones to remain as physically fit as possible.
But navigating the aging process shouldnt be a mystery, which is why she wrote this insightful, enlightening, and entertaining guide on what it really means to turn forty, fifty, sixty, and onward.
Youll get your chance to share in the delights of aging in your own good timeunless, of course, youre dead.
As you progress from age forty to forty-five, youll find that you need a few minutes to relax when you get home from work before taking that walk or lifting those weights.
Many men will start looking back, and instead of seeing accomplishments, theyll see what they havent done, which is the male version of menopause.
Women can expect mood swings, hot flashes at the worst times, night sweats, sleep disruptions, and the slow but inevitable waning of a certain monthly visitor.
No matter how old you are now, youll be equipped to make smart decisions and find comfort in knowing that youre not alone with the humorous insights and practical advice in The Book of Old.