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Inhaltsangabe: In 1998, Hallmark unveiled their new "One-Hundredth-Birthday" cards, and by 2007 annual sales were at 85,000. America is rapidly graying: between now and 2030, the number of people in the U.S. over the age of 80 is expected to almost triple. But how long people live raises the question of how well they live.

Aging Our Way follows the everyday lives of 30 elders (ages 85-102) living at home and mostly alone to understand how they create and maintain meaningful lives for themselves. Drawing on the latest interdisciplinary scholarship on aging and three years of interviews with the elders, Meika Loe explores how elders navigate the practical challenges of living as independently as possible while staying healthy, connected, and comfortable. While most books on the subject treat old age as a social problem and elders as simply diminished versions of their former selves, Aging Our Way views them as they really are: lively, complicated, engaging people finding creative ways to make their aging as meaningful and manageable as possible. In their own voices, elders describe how they manage everything from grocery shopping, doctor appointments, and disability, to creating networks of friends and maintaining their autonomy. In many ways, these elders can serve as role models. The lessons they have learned about living in moderation, taking time for themselves, asking for help, keeping a sense of humor, caring for others, and preparing for death provide an invaluable source of wisdom for anyone hoping to live a long and fulfilling life. Through their stories, Loe helps us to think about aging, well-being, and the value of human relationships in new ways.

Written with remarkable warmth and depth of understanding, Aging Our Way offers a vivid look at a group of people who too often remain invisible--those who have lived the longest--and all they have to teach us.

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Amazon Exclusive: An Excerpt from Aging Our Way: Lessons for Living from 85 and Beyond

Ann Donohue with author Meika Loe

Dear Reader,

I remember reading an autobiography of Eva Le Gallienne, the actress. It was called "At Thirty-Three." It started with her early years. I shall do the reverse, though I'll take a little poetic license with the title. I never expected to live this long, but I seem to be in good running condition, thanks to the six bottles of pills on my dresser and the six doctors I see: dentist, periodontist, gynecologist, dermatologist, ear doctor, and podiatrist. I go to hydroslimnastics exercises at an indoor pool twice a week, and go swimming in Lake George daily in the summer and on Memorial Day for bragging rights.

I have three sons and a daughter who take wonderful care of me: a son who calls me every evening from a suburb of Washington, D.C., a son who comes to dinner two nights a week and takes me to Lake George every Sunday; a daughter who takes full charge of weekly shopping trips, keeps my wardrobe up to date, and helps me with my income taxes; and a son in Alaska who comes down every year and calls frequently to update me on the news.

Although I can no longer drive my car, I avail myself of Senior Transportation, which drives me to doctors appointments, and friends who drive me to volunteer activities, and friends who pick me up when they see me walking to the four corners. I walk about a mile a day for the fresh air and the physical exercise.

Much to my surprise I find the nineties very pleasant.

Sincerely,

Ann Donohue (age ninety-four)
January 2010

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