Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Old Age A Beginner's Guide by Michael Kinsley

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Based on the author’s history and forewords I thought this was going to be a humorous and inspirational look at growing old but it lacked the humor I was expecting. The attempt at humor was for instance a very old joke the author about Reagan "Mr. President, I have bad news and worse news.  The bad news is that you have cancer." Reagan: "Lay it on me, Doc." The Doctor says, "The bad news is that you have cancer." Reagan: "And the worse news?" Doctor: "You have Alzheimer's." Reagan: "Well, at least I don't have cancer."  When I heard this supposed joke many years ago I didn’t this it was funny then and still don’t.  The author then goes into great detail to talk about the predictions as to how many of the Baby Boomers will get Alzheimer's or dementia. The author predictions that of the 79 million baby boomers 29 million are expected to get some form of the serious disease.  While he might want or try to spin humor around his condition with Parkinson disease that is fine but for me that stopped as soon as Dementia was introduced.  Having experience with several loved one with Alzheimer’ I see little to no humor in this.  The disease for both the individual and the caregivers is traumatic. I was hoping for some inspirational insight to counteract the facts. If it was there then I missed it.  The book does provide several topics to reflect on as you age. Memory loss, health considerations, politics, etc. I just didn't see the cheerful side as forewords stated.

I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review of the book.