Kirkus Reviews, published December 15, 2020

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Midwest Book Reviews

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About AGING … But Were Afraid To Ask tackles all the difficult questions about aging that are intrinsic to the process, from increased difficulty finding the motivation or ability to exercise to avoiding nursing homes, understanding the threat and promise of assigning a power of attorney, and adjusting to society’s changed perceptions of one’s abilities when age 70 is reached.

These and other cautions, such as the chapter on how seniors are forced into involuntary guardianships, form the backbone of a different kind of guide to aging that more closely examines the link between senior status and social perception than most, while addressing common barriers to leading a good life.

Many of the problems besetting those over 70 come from being alone, not having a chosen advocate (whether it be a spouse of family member), and not realizing the various con games that can affect them, either legal or illegal.

Many of the cautions in this book are eye-opening, such as the facts about guardians and how they operate: “Forbes — in a great article on this topic — found 60% of guardians never had a credit or financial check run. Yet they are given total access to and control of your money! They can sell your house, your stocks, etc. and charge you exorbitant “fees” for everything — fees that quickly move your money into their pockets. And it’s a LOT of money. Forbes found total dollars controlled by guardians in just Idaho and Minnesota to be over $1 billion.”

Facts are backed by studies and statistics, discussions revolve around what a savvy senior can do to avoid such scenarios, and chapters cover mental health and stimulation as well as physical issues. At each step, senior audiences are encouraged to take this information and use it to better their lives and approaches to aging.

Perhaps this is the most invaluable tool of all: a mindset that empowers seniors to consider the kinds of changes that affect not just their aging, but their future role in society and their own preferences for living their remaining years in relative safety and comfort of their choosing.

From developing hobbies for both introvert and extrovert personalities (a factor too rarely considered in admonitions to expand one’s interests) to exercises geared to assess current lifestyles and satisfaction, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About AGING should be the guide of choice for one’s older years whether the reader is in their 50s, 60s, or beyond.