BOOK REVIEW: COMING OF AGE...ALL OVER AGAIN:
Buffy received her AARP membership card in the mail a week after her fiftieth birthday. She just was not ready for this and figured there must be some mistake. Both of her parents slipped and fell coming out of their house. Buffy wanted them to move to something more suitable for their age but they believed they were fine in the current two story house. Buffy now began to think that the AARP card was really a signal for her to start planning for the second part of her life. She called her best friend Kate and told her they needed to "figure out this getting old thing now". Kate had an unfortunate incident occur with her 84-year-old mother who placed a pair of $10,000 hearing aides into a bowl of Polident. As a result, she was all for Buffy's idea.
Buffy and Kate did not consider themselves to be experts but they did live the first half of their lives and who would know more than these two as to ways to make the second part of their lives better.
They found many books available in the self-help section about fighting old age, wrinkles, cholesterol, etc. They were looking for one handbook that would tell young people how to pull it all together and start gearing up for the second half of their lives. They could not find one. They decided to explore and share with other ways for the next phase. As a result, the book they were looking for started to take shape.
Each chapter has seven tools to help you sort out the rest of your life. These tools are: create time, reflect, practice patience, research, find role models, write it down and get together. The book is broken down into three parts: myself, my family and friends and my greater world. In each of these three parts, you will see how the seven tools are applied.
This is an excellent practical guide to help anyone make the best of the second half of their life and readers will find it a great resource. It is obvious the authors have done much research to come up with this guide such as reading many books and asking questions of the experts. Who would do a better job at this then two who approaching the second half of their life? At the end of each chapter the reader will find a "To-Do List" where you are instructed to pick some items from the list to carry out. Then you will find "Kate's Plan" and "Buffy's Plan" where the two of them state what they plan to do. The reader is also treated to some of Kate and Buffy's emails back and forth to each other. This book will also provide the reader with a few laughs. The Ultimate Midlife Handbook is highly recommended.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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