Synopses & Reviews
offers concise advice and practical suggestions for all readers interested in or worried about ageing, or problems in themselves or someone they care about. With a focus on a positive view of ageing, it discusses the main physical and mental aspects of getting old, as well as the social and psychological aspects such as choosing where to live and becoming more oneself.
Rowan Baynes and Carol Parkes uniquely apply personality theory to changes associated with getting old, encouraging readers to reflect on what might work for them with their personality traits, and how to improve stress, communication and decision making. They invite the reader to review their life and experience, to understand who you they and what they want. Essential topics covered include: Mobility and managing the physical changes of getting old; diet and digestion; understanding and improving sleep; memory problems and dementia; being an active participant in consultations about your own healthcare; attitudes to getting old; relationships and loneliness; deciding where to live, moving house and choosing other types of living arrangements; the end of life, death and grief.
With suggestions for further reading and useful organisations that offer support, Getting Old offers valuable, affirming guidance for all those and their relatives going through this life stage, as well as health, social care and counselling students and professionals.