Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of Marc Middleton and his team at Growing Bolder, and have been a loyal listener and viewer of the Growing Bolder Radio and TV shows (as well as a guest) for quite a while. In that time, I have seen Marc talk with passion and sheer joy about the amazing things that ordinary people (who just happen to be aging) are doing all across America, every day. Marc has interviewed scores of men and women over 50 who are reinventing their careers, starting companies, running marathons, becoming artists, writing books . . . . all because they are filled with an incredible zest and determination, even in the face of some pretty major challenges. What I've seen and heard through the Growing Bolder programs, and on their website, has inspired me to continue to go way beyond my comfort zone as I get older, and embrace my age with joy, grace, and humor.
"Rock Stars of Aging" takes this same enthusiastic approach and presents the reader with lessons from some of our "most active elders." The book, as Marc points out in his introduction, is not based on surveys, scientific research, or the opinions of scholars . . . but instead is based on the extensive first-hand experience Marc and his team have had interviewing men and women in their 80s, 90s and beyond. We have the pleasure of meeting men and women who are graduating from college, playing the ukulele, and setting world records as the oldest barefoot water skier. From all these wonderful people, many lessons can be learned . . . and Marc shares them all with us, the readers. As diverse as this group of elders is, there are many commonalities that bind them together: what they eat or don't eat; how much sleep they get; how they approach each day; their philosophies on marriage and friendships; their enthusiasm for work; and so on. Although, as Marc pointed out, there's no scientific evidence, it seems clear from the many beautifully written anecdotes that they all share many common traits, especially . . . a life lived without fear or regret.
I highly recommend this lovely book, filled with charming quotes and anecdotes. You'll want to hug each and every one of the interesting and vivacious people you meet in it's pages . . . and for sure, you'll want to sit at their feet and learn. And thanks to Marc, we have the chance to do just that.
Barbara Hannah Grufferman
author, "The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts' Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More"