Six Books About Growing Old You Should Read

September 6th, 2018 by John Wilson

Growing old is something that happens to all of us. It cannot be avoided and is the one thing that is certain in life for everyone. For those living in senior communities and assisted living centers, the age game has been going on for a while. However, even if you think you are a pro at it, you can still learn something from others by reading about their thoughts, feelings and experiences when it comes to growing old. Here are six books about growing old you should read.

The Summer of a Dormouse by John Mortimer

Mortimer takes a humorous, yet realistic, look at the process of aging and what it means for us to get old. An example of his humor can be summed up from one line where he is imagining the voice of God sending him a message the day he officially becomes old. ‘From this day forth thou shalt not be able to put on thine own socks.’”

I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron takes a humorous look at one of the side effects of aging that worries most: memory loss. In the pages of her story, she is blunt, yet takes a lighthearted approach to this often scary subject as she cheerfully lists famous people she knows she met, yet can’t remember a thing about, including Jacqueline Kennedy, Groucho Marx, Cary Grant and more.

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Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill

Athill turned 100 last year, which makes her more than qualified to talk about growing old. Her words are light and encouraging, full of joy and happiness, even while talking about missed moments and difficulties. Many senior residents in assisted living communities in Oklahoma City love reading her words and drawing hope and inspiration from them.

Nothing to Be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes

While death is one of the few certainties we face in life, many people choose to ignore it and don’t want to face their own mortality nor do they want to admit when their time is running out. However, as we age, this becomes more difficult to do. We can either make ourselves miserable or we can accept it, face it and find a way to deal with it.

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Many seniors find themselves slipping into dark places thinking about the end of their lives and the effects of aging. For Gawande, though, dying should not be meaningless or something that is feared or dreaded. It isn’t enough to look for a good death in the end, but we should strive for a good life right up to our last days.

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

If you have not read Hemingway’s legendary story of a young boy, an old man and a huge fish, now is the time to do so. Told with sparse and simple language, the focus on life, accepting things we cannot change and living with what life throws at us are lessons we all can benefit from, but especially later on in life.

To make the most of growing old, it’s important to embrace life as it is and live it to the fullest. One way to do this is to keep the mind sharp by reading and keep the heart light by maintaining a positive outlook on the process of gaining. These books can help, as can finding the best assisted living facilities in OKC.

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