March 17, 2010

USA: How One Can Embrace Old Age with a Positive Attitude

. BOOKS New Book Reveals How One Can Embrace Old Age with a Positive Attitude Seeing Life as a Glorious Voyage By Donna Devall WASHINGTON DC / Vocus/PRWEB / March 17, 2010 At what age can a person begin thinking of himself or herself as part of the older generation? The transition occurs differently for each of us but for author Donna Devall, it began the day she turned sixty. She shares her views in The Power of Positive Aging, her new book released through Xlibris. Turning sixty seemed to signify a huge change in how the author looked at her life. She experienced an internal shift—a shift in her own worldview. In The Power of Positive Aging, Devall reveals a multitude of stories and observations that support the notion that getting older has distinct benefits. While not denying or minimizing the challenges that aging can present, the author maintains that it is entirely possible to approach old age with a positive, even embracing attitude. The author’s work with elderly clients and their families has contributed to her strong conviction that getting older can be a boon and a privilege. Devall shares the wealth of her experience with the amazing older people in her clientele. They have shown her that keeping an open mind, finding ways to cope with change, accepting loss with grace and figuring out ways to deal with dependency are all part of constructing a positive attitude towards the inevitable challenges of living to be old. She invites readers to discover how to see life as a glorious voyage. About the Author Donna Devall has been engaged with elderly clients and their families for over twenty years in her practice of psychotherapy and care management. She also has combined her musical skills with her therapy background to develop a unique group therapy practice with hundreds of participants in various group living situations, including retirement facilities, assisted living and nursing homes. Ms. Devall has a Masters in Social Work from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She has been a licensed clinical social worker for more than two decades and she is an active member of professional groups focused on the needs of the elderly. The Power of Positive Aging * by Donna Devall Seeing Life as a Glorious Voyage Publication Date: March 11, 2010 Paperback; $15.99; 180 pages Hardback; $22.99; 180 pages Description APPROACHING SIXTY When is the time that we realign our picture of ourselves and move from thinking of ourselves as young to thinking of ourselves as part of the older generation? There’s no doubt that this transition occurs differently for each person. Often we may not notice the exact time until we can look back. For me (looking back), I pinpoint that time as the days when my sixtieth birthday crept closer and closer. From that time on, I have experienced an internal shift—a shift in my own worldview. Turning sixty seemed to signify a huge change in how I looked at my life. I still looked ahead but began to know that I had already lived the larger portion of my life. It felt like time to take stock, time to ponder 2 Donna Devall how I felt about my own aging and aging in general. How did it feel to think of myself as older? The truth is, I’ve had a terrific reverence for and appreciation of older people for a long time. These feelings have been affirmed over and over in the past twenty years that I have worked with the elderly and their families. So the idea of joining their ranks has seemed like a privilege. Getting older carries with it the wonderful chance to continue one’s growth. What a marvel that can be! The specifics of my sixtieth birthday celebration seem particularly pertinent to my own way of moving out of middle age and into life as an older person. I tend to come on like gangbusters. Because I love celebrating, I began to think of how I might want to mark my sixtieth. I considered some of the options: A trip with my husband and adult children? A party with close friends? It wasn’t until we were on a canal trip in the south of France with two other couples that I found the answer to this question. [rc] For more information on The Power of Positive Aging, log on to Xlibris.com