July 9, 2011

USA: I Like Being Old - Life Doesn't Stop At 80

SEATTLE, Washington / PRWeb/ iUniverse / July 9, 2011

New book offers elderly the author’s example of active, fun-filled lifestyle past 80 years old

As long as the old brain is still functioning reasonably well, there are options, there's always choice. Too many people believe they can no longer be happy and involved because they can't go about their lives the way they used to. Their reasons: "I can't remember, I can't hear, I can't see, I don't have enough energy."

For K. Eileen Allen, these claims are beside the point. She encourages people to get on with the real business of making the most of aging. “Having a good old age doesn’t just happen,” Allen says. “It’s our resolve and engagement that will make old age rewarding and fun.”

I Like Being Old: A Guide to Making the Most of Aging (published by iUniverse) by K. Eileen Allen, in collaboration with Judith R. Starbuck, offers senior citizens the knowledge that getting older isn’t the end of the world.

“Having a good old age doesn’t just happen,” Allen says. “It’s our resolve and engagement that will make old age rewarding and fun.”

Allen enjoys much about being 90 years old, and she doesn’t take excuses. She may not be able to remember every date on her calendar, but she has memorized more than 40 poems since turning 80 and losing her vision. And if she can’t walk without a walker, that hasn’t stopped her from using it to walk three miles around the lake across the street.

“It’s up to us to make it happen.” Allen’s drive and dedication to remain in control of her life, during a period of living when many seem to give up control to elderly communities and assisted-living homes, is the heart of this book. “It’s a time to stay open to all life has to offer, an opportunity to keep learning from what comes our way.”

About the Authors
* K. Eileen Allen (left) spent her career as a child development specialist in university settings. As she approached retirement, she worked as an editor at “The Crone Connection,” a newsletter focused on women and aging. She resides in Seattle.
* Judith R. Starbuck earned her bachelor of arts in journalism from Kent State University in Ohio. For more than 50 years, she has worked as a writer, editor and designer for nonprofit publications, including “The Crone Connection.” She, too, lives in Seattle. Photo by Zone V

Chapter One
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Aging in the Affirmative
I like being old!

It amazes me that I can say this, but it’s true. I like having time I never felt I had before—to ponder, to muse, to feel grateful for life’s many gifts. I like learning to appreciate myself more, and others too, even with our multiple warts and corns. And I have to admit it stokes my ego when I get applause from young and old for being such a lively, engaged, happy old woman.

Why do I feel this way? Old age has such a bum rap. Poor self-image, negative stereotypes, and losses of all kinds—I’ve had my share. But, somehow, these common challenges became incentives, rather than hindrances, for me. I thought if I worked hard enough I could keep them from getting me down.

It turns out I was right, and here I am at ninety, climbing with my high-tech knee joints onto a soapbox (with handrails of course) to say so.

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