OVER-SIXTY: SHADES OF GRAY

A JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE'S LATER YEARS
(ON THE ROAD TO FOSSILIZATION)

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Here is a contemporary, uplifting look into the years of living sixty and beyond. Delivered with much-needed humor to lighten the load, the reader is successfully transported through the realities of getting older and how to best approach, and cope with, these changes when they arise. This comprehensive overview will open your mind to matters you may not have already encountered or thought of and where health is placed at the forefront, providing a snapshot into some of life’s more serious challenges we might unluckily be faced with at some time or another. But don’t feel completely disheartened, for it’s not all doom and gloom as you might expect. Yes, health plays a major role in ageing, we all know that, but what about the positive up-side to getting older? And, yes, there seems there is an up-side. Retirement frees oneself up. So what about all that spare time on your hands; what will you do with that now? And how about the finances? Are they all in check? These are the type of questions that will get you thinking and where basic know-how is offered to provide some invaluable forethought. And then there’s the fun part of pre-planning one’s funeral that you might not have already thought about, where author Barbara Paskoff has it all worked out: “I’m making a guest list. If your name isn’t on it, it means I wouldn’t be caught dead with you.” While each topic lends itself almost as a personal essay through the author’s own experiences, the messages conveyed remain effective, providing enough of an overview for the reader to make their own informed decisions and draw on their own conclusions, supported with both summaries and professional resources neatly tying up each chapter end. I read through this book with the greatest of interest, particularly because I’m not yet sixty and, with saying that, I believe this book is not just precise for readers of that age group, nor is it gender specific; however, I did find that the book tends to lean a little more towards female interest than male. In fact, readers in their fifties (like myself) would find this book with true appreciation, providing a much-needed and important early insight, where time is the essence and pre-knowledge could hold the key before things sneak-up announced, which might, in fact, give a greater opportunity to overcome or avoid some obstacles otherwise left too late. This a straight-forward, positive, go-to-guide that offers pre-planning and foresight on entering and living through our later years of life that will become a great resource for reference.
Manhattan Book Review

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Our Kirkus review is a big thumbs up!
A humorous guide to the pleasures and irritations of growing older. In their nonfiction collaboration, debut author Paskoff and Pack (Chronicles: The Library of Illumination, 2014, etc.) take a loving, detailed look at the many trials and challenges of old age, aiming their book specifically at an audience of people traveling the strange terrain that is life over the age of 60. The authors address dozens of aspects of growing older, including changes in basic physical capabilities as well as fear of dementia and other ailments of the aging population. The book gives readers clear, sensitive overviews of various phenomena that seniors might encounter, such as how to deal with changes in the body’s five senses or a diagnosis of heart disease. The authors don’t shy away from subjects that some may find delicate, such as the changing physical nature of senior sexuality or even alterations in what they call the human “waste disposal system,” presenting them simply in clear graphics with an often light tone. The book also deals with other complex topics, from the intricacies of grandparenting to the difficulties of modern technology. The number of Americans over 60 is projected to double from 40 million to 80 million by midcentury, and the authors clearly want to reassure readers in or approaching that age group. One of the book’s most insightful segments deals with the psychological effects of aging, when it begins to change elements of day-to-day life: “Gone are the days when we see our reflection in the mirror and like what we see,” the authors write. “Now, we sometimes get depressed.” There’s also valuable advice on financial matters, particularly the increasing likelihood of outliving one’s retirement savings, and on writing a personal memoir (“You don’t have to be flowery or elegant. You just have to tell it like it was”). Many seniors will find this a must-read. A friendly, warts-and-all aging handbook.
John Appleseed

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Over-Sixty: Shades of Gray by Barbara Paskoff and Carol Pack is a well-crafted book that offers readers the wisdom and tools they need to transform old age into a beautiful and peaceful experience. The subtitle of this book captures its essence — a journey through life’s later years. When the years roll by and we near our sixties and retirement, it is only natural to fear the changes that loom ahead. We think about those broken teeth, the failing strength, the dead cells in the brain, and the many, oft neglected changes which take place in our system. An author once said that when we are young we are eager to grow up, and once we get old, we begin to long for our youth. But it must not be so, and in a voice that is filled with charm and humor, the authors of this book offer readers the wisdom to age with grace and find meaning in old age. 



How do we deal with loss? How do we deal with our past and how do we handle regret when we clock sixty? This book offers unconventional answers to such questions, and tips that will make life not just meaningful, but fun for readers. The writing is beautiful and the unique turn of phrase that evokes a music of its own, and its closeness to day-to-day conversations make this book something of a unique reading experience for readers; exciting and refreshing. Many people, gifted and intelligent, have written about facing old age with equanimity, but few have the wisdom, the hilarity, and the grace that comes across Over-Sixty: Shades of Gray. Barbara Paskoff and Carol Pack grab your attention, remind you of the things you always knew and force you to shift perspective and have a lot of fun while doing so. It’s informative, rich in wisdom, and utterly entertaining — in a hilarious kind of way.

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