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The Wonder of Aging: A New Approach to Embracing Life After Fifty (Thorndike Large Print Health, Home and Learning) Hardcover – Large Print, 12 Feb 2014

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  • Hardcover: 521 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; 1 Lrg edition (12 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410465241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410465245
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is a wonderful book for people over 50 19 Jun 2013
By David A. Roth - Published on
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I recommend this book to anyone moving toward fifty or over fifty. It is a comprehensive guide to living positively and in health as we age. I particularly like the way the author divided aging into three distinct stages. I also like how he looked at similarities and differences between women and men who are aging.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant book. 20 Jun 2013
By patricia a nasburg - Published on
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Once again Michael Gurian has written a deeply moving, intelligent and touching book. Non-fiction that reads like a powerful story. Michael is both brilliant and emotive, the passion for his subject shining thru in every sentence.Congratulations Michael!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Everyone MUST have this book on their Bookshelf and read it ! 11 Aug 2013
By Nancy J. Wurlitzer - Published on
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This book is a MUST read for everyone who is 45 & over ! Be ready for embracing life. Some people are acting old at 40...and others are 80 and still going strong. Get this book and read it. Be ready for life, see where you fit in and why and what you can do about aging easily and being ready for the last quarter of your life and enjoying it! I bought the e-book for my Ipad to read and was blown away by how good it is for everyone to have. I have ordered the hardbound book to use in my workshops and trainings and working with clients. It is a MUST Read and a MUST have book! Well written and easy to understand and relate to!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Important Book for All 25 Jun 2013
By Mike - Published on
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This is a logical next step for the prolific Michael Gurian, as he continues his exploration and illumination of gender, life stages, brain science and how individuals transition to the next chapter of their life stories. In his latest offering, Gurian takes on one of the taboos of modern American culture, and he does so respectfully, thoughtfully and with evidence-based conclusions about something all of us--if we are fortunate--will experience. Not everything he says will resonate with each individual reader, but Gurian suggests ways to be, ways to act, ways to connect and ways to deal with the small ignominies of aging and the opportunities they can be turned into with the proper attitude and approach. Gurian shares his own aging process with us and calls us to be aware of the importance of decisions we make about our responses. He relies on his earlier explorations of gender differences to help men and women understand why they might react differently to becoming older, as he focuses on the importance of beauty and joy: a real service to those who have been enculturated to anticipate and experience aging as simply an ordeal and a series of losses. He provides information that empowers and encourages taking control of our lives even as our bodies make it inevitable that we must let go. This book will not make the slings and arrows of aging easier to bear, but it will let readers appreciate the ways in which aging can be a rich and beautiful journey through a quintessential human drama. In this book elders are encouraged to take on a role that may be new for them but that has always been a part of human culture and that must exist if we are to transition appropriately. He asks us to consider new communities that we can form to make the passage from one stage to another not only bearable but wonderful. The book contains practical questions to ask ourselves, helpful stage-delineation to assist us in understanding what is happening to us, and supportive tips on how to prepare and to go through the three stages Gurian explores: transformation, distinction and completion. He does not shrink from addressing all aspects of aging: from physical loss to intimacy, and from isolation to the fear of death. He encourages us to recognize and to avoid the real killers: stress, clutter and guilt, and to make the most of our relationships with our children, our grandchildren and our age peers. The focus in this book js on the positive, joyful, life-bringing experiences we can concentrate on and embrace rather than on worrying about how our bodies are failing us. This is an easy read that challenges us, nevertheless, to examine our assumptions, and encourages us to welcome what we cannot avoid. We can turn the inevitable into opportunity to live an enriched, empowered and beautiful last stage of our lives. The inclusion of "Eva's Song" and "Kathy's Song" provides a bonus of lyrical empathy with all those who have gone before us and who have lit the way to the kind of aging experience that we may all wish for.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Wonder of Aging 7 Nov 2013
By P. Teicher - Published on
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Very deep, but convoluted philosophical book. Book is supposedly based on 2 to 3 thousand extensive interviews with men and women and men 50 and older, but examples of principles gleaned from interviews are sparse. I tried to get into the book because of some background with grief counseling, but found found the writing lacking in clarity, and extremely wordy, often feeling like a Freudian therapy session.

PJT, Ph.D.
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