Book Overview

“How old would you be if

you didn’t know how old you was?”

Sachel Paige

Imagine being happier at 50 than you were at 30 and feeling more alive at 80 than 50. Most baby boomers have not even contemplated this possibility. Cocooned in a state of denial, they spend billions of dollars in an attempt to cling to youth. This book demonstrates that coming into the fullness of wisdom and self-acceptance is a far greater reward.

The average life expectancy is increasing dramatically and so are people’s fears that their quality of life will inevitably decline as they age. This book shows readers how to take control of their health and happiness, so they can enjoy aging vivaciously.

As a chronicle of ordinary people living extraordinary lives, each of the 12 stories inside this book provides insight into how to embrace each day and live life to the fullest. Each account is followed by a series of questions for inner reflection and suggestions the reader can follow to generate their own health and life satisfaction, as they learn to discover the Joy of Aging.

While the stories will appeal to all ages, this book is primarily geared toward baby boomers, currently ages 45 to 63, who are preparing for the final phase of life and investigating their choices. In 2010, people in this age group will spend over $100 billion on anti-aging products, supplements, face creams and plastic surgery. This multi-billion dollar industry of “remedies” to help people maintain the illusion of youth as they transition into their golden years has tarnished the concept of graceful aging. With so much hype about looking young, many people have lost sight of the joy of aging and have shifted their focus to avoidance. This $20 book will show them they don’t need to do that.

The purpose of this book is to help people see alternative choices in their approach to getting old, to foster an appreciation for who they truly are and actually get excited about the possibility of their quality of life improving as they age. Many of us have spent decades painfully trying to live up to others’ expectations of who we ought to be and never took the opportunity to get to know and love ourselves as we are. Aging allows us to reap the benefits of our life experiences and integrate them into wisdom! As we move our focus off chasing the dollar, we have the golden opportunity to discover and appreciate our true, authentic selves. The message of this book provides a refreshing paradigm change from a youth-worshiping culture to one that welcomes the fruits of aging.

Since I began selling health insurance in 2008, I’ve identified two distinct groups among the seniors I serve. The healthy seniors are happily busy and taking responsibility for their own wellbeing. The ones who are looking outside themselves, expecting someone else to diagnose or provide solutions for their ailments, are caught up in the ‘poor me’ complaints of painful aging.

Compassion, cool-headedness, greater satisfaction and less judgment of others come naturally when one embraces their authenticity.[1] You don’t have to be in the wisdom years to make this discovery; however, it is a natural by-product of aging gracefully―a delicious fruit that enhances vitality and life satisfaction.

“Of all the self-fulfilling prophecies in our culture,

the assumption that aging means decline and poor health

is probably the deadliest.”

Rebecca Johns

People living authentically are a delight to be around. The real-life examples featured in Joy of Aging are evidence that you can actually increase your vitality and zest for life as you age. It really can get better and better through the years. The narrative format makes for a fun read, and the end of each chapter includes powerful questions to encourage the reader’s own inner reflection.

People who read this book will have the opportunity to:

  • Exchange their fear of aging for a relaxed, joyful anticipation of the wisdom years.
  • Realize they are empowered to generate good health and vitality.
  • Learn how give their most to each day at any age.
  • Identify ways to practice vivacious living in their daily lives.
  • See themselves and their own positive qualities reflected in the featured stories.
  • Stop (or never start) spending thousands of dollars trying to look and feel younger through drugs, and cosmetic surgery.
  • Experience an improved quality of life as they embrace their present and their future.
  • Be inspired to get to know elders in their life more intimately, so they can receive wisdom from those who’ve “been there.”
  • Begin to apply joyful aging principles in their own lives and pass their own “Legacy of Vitality” on to those who follow.
  • Embrace, celebrate and appreciate their true essence, regardless of their chronological age.
  • Learn to look within to find fulfillment and the juiciness of life at any age.

In short, baby boomers who read this book will be shown a new attitude toward aging. They can exchange their fear for a relaxed anticipation and begin to experience more joy right now and throughout their wisdom years.

Even my modest early efforts already have created a groundswell of interest and attracted an eager following of people ready to trade in their illusive pursuit of eternal youth for a far more satisfying objective of joyful aging.

Quite unexpectedly, I’ve found that I am leading a movement, helping people learn to choose to age joyfully, regardless of their situation in life, by embracing life as it is and sharing fully and authentically.

[1] Henry Alford, How to Live, A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth.) (New York: Hachette Book Group, 2009), 97-99.