Aging Wisely: Life from Fifty to Seventy-five Years
by Viola B. Mecke, PhD., ABPP

"It is imperative that we have an inner acceptance of whatever life has given us at this time."

As the baby boomer generation ages, there are large numbers of people who are coming to terms with the limitations that growing older brings. This short book holds a great deal of information to help those who have reached this time of life. Drawing upon her own life, as well as her experiences as a clinical psychologist, the author brings insight into this important theme. Mecke writes from her desire to help those who may be struggling with the aging process. The book includes subjects such as emotional well-being, facing retirement, challenges of loneliness, and dealing with loss. Each section sheds light on the aging process and offers valuable suggestions for embracing one’s life at this time. She includes endnotes and references for those who wish to further research the information included.

Mecke candidly shares her own experiences with aging, as well as those of her former clients, to render this book an enlightening read for those who are aging. “My practice as a clinical psychologist centered on helping patients face those feelings that bind them from happiness in their lives.” It is evident that she writes with empathy. Her work is a valuable tool offering wonderful and beneficial suggestions for coping with the aging process. Her book is well-written and easy to understand, with fascinating case studies from her work with older patients. Mecke’s work offers information that is helpful to readers facing this time of life, as well as for those who have aging loved ones or who care for others who are aging. It is a fascinating and educational read.

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