Creative Aging: A Baby Boomer's Guide to Successful Living
by Cheryl Vassiliadis & Joanna Romer
MSI Press

"Having been accustomed to creating a life of self-discovery for themselves in their younger days, Boomers, now unencumbered with family or full-time jobs, have decided to go forward and establish a new type of retirement."

This is one of many recent books in the genre of healthy retirement. In 196 pages (including references and an index), the authors explore topics such as whether or not we have to grow old, doing "young" activities, aging in a healthy manner, feminism, spirituality, discussions from Baby Boomers themselves, emotional aging, the freedom to age well, future lifestyles such as housing needs, ways toward enlightenment, and facing death creatively. Also, each chapter ends with guidelines on ways to meet goals such as "participate in a community event" or take a class such as yoga. With other stories by the authors as well as research in the areas of creativity and aging, this book offers insight into how those of us who are Baby Boomers can continue to grow in our retirement instead of retiring in boredom, grief, and/or other dysfunctional patterns.

This is a wonderfully simple, yet insightful, look into aging. The chapters are written in an easy manner, with much information. The guidelines at the end of each chapter provide excellent techniques for working on each topic. The chapter on feminism is truly unique and valuable. The information on research studies makes this a more professionally written book, not just one based on the authors' beliefs and their own healing practices. And while the information on spirituality is helpful, the reader should note that this is based on a paternalistic Christian viewpoint, which may detract some readers. But with its upbeat focus, timely information, and ways to live in a healthy manner for mind, body, and spirit, the book is a nice guide to remaining healthy and continuing to learn new ways of healing techniques for those of us on a creative path of aging.

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