This book is a refreshingly honest self-help guide to aging well. It encourages readers to dispel gloom or overcome denial around the subject of aging and offers advice in a realistic, non-prescriptive format. Practical yet personable, chapters move through pertinent topics such as making the decision to retire and successfully navigating that transition; designing daily routines (your practice) and engaging in activities (your projects); connecting with others as relationships shift and evolve; and managing moods and emotional issues. The guide also supports readers coping with illness or injury, experiencing loss and grief, and those searching for meaning as they grow older. Written in a conversational style, An Essential Guide to Aging Well motivates its readers to be curious about this time of life, and to design the best possible version of it for themselves.
As someone who has the pleasure and privilege of working with older adults, I am grateful that I now have a go-to resource to share with my patients and friends. Katharine Bethell writes with clarity and empathy about the changes we are all likely to encounter as we age, and the practical exercises she offers will gently guide her readers toward a deeper understanding of their individual experiences. An Essential Guide to Aging Well provides a refreshing and authentic perspective on aging that I have not found elsewhere, and that I will be encouraging others to read and re-read. -Jennifer Crumlish, Ph.D., Washington Psychological Center This book is a capital 'G' Guide to retirement, explaining how retirement can be a valued beginning, not just an ending. By designing the book to mobilize the reader's strengths in facing retirement, Katharine Bethell demonstrates the wisdom and sensitivity that characterized her success as a therapist. This informative, sensible, very readable book is must reading for anyone contemplating retirement-and life after retirement. -Allan M. Leventhal, Ph.D. Katharine Bethell, an accomplished psychotherapist, has written a book that is equal parts wisdom, wit, and gentle counsel. Wherever you are on the aging trajectory, this book belongs on your bedside table. - Gretchen McKnew, MSW, licensed independent clinical social worker