A quick catch up

as I haven’t written a blog for a while. Gout, can you believe! And quite painful. Hurt to walk. And then, I guess, procrastination caught me in its even more painful grip.

But, as usual, I’ve been reading, reading. Mystery novels like Louise Penny adding to her Three Pines Canadian series, A Better Man. Also reread Anne Perry’s Brunswick Gardens. And some serious – Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and, for good measure, Noam Chomsky’s, Optimism Over Despair.

“We have two choices. We can be pessimistic, give up, and help ensure that the worst will           happen. Or we can be optimistic, grasp the opportunities that surely exist, and maybe help make the world a better place. Not much of a choice.” Norm Chomsky

Every so often somebody writes a comprehensive book on a fascinating (to me) topic and needed subject. Louise Aronson has written such a book: Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life.

“We treat old age as a disease or problem, rather than as one of three major life stages. We approach old age as a singular, unsavory entity and fail to adequately acknowledge its great pleasures or the unique attributes, contributions, physiology, and priorities of older adults….

“Part of what makes old hard is that we fight it, rather than embracing it as one stage in a universal trajectory….

“When asked the recipe for a good old age, I often give a list: good genes, good luck, enough money, and one good kid, usually a daughter.” Louise Aronson

As Mary Pipher says on the cover: “Everyone should read this book.” I’m quite pleased I had the time and space to read this 449-page book, learning among other things “All else being medically equal, loneliness increases mortality by 26 percent.” I took three pages of notes. And may have to buy the book. (I don’t buy books until I’ve read them and know I want them.)


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