The onset of aging can be so gradual that we are often surprised to find that one day it is fully upon us. The changes to the senses, appearance, reflexes, physical endurance, and sexual appetites are undeniable and rarely welcome; yet, as Nuland shows, getting older has its surprising blessings. Age concentrates not only the mind, but the body's energies, leading many to new sources of creativity, perception, and spiritual intensity. Growing old, Nuland teaches us, is not a disease but an art - and for those who practice it well, it can bring extraordinary rewards.
"I'm taking the journey even while I describe it," writes Nuland, now in his mid-70s and a veteran of nearly four decades of medical practice. Drawing on his own life and work, as well as the lives of friends both famous and not, Nuland portrays the astonishing variability of the aging experience. Faith and inner strength, the deepening of personal relationships, the realization that career does not define identity, the acceptance that some goals will remain unaccomplished - these are among the secrets of those who age well.
Reflecting the wisdom of a long lifetime, The Art of Aging is a work of luminous insight, unflinching candor, and profound compassion.
©2007 Sherwin B. Nuland; (P)2007 Books on Tape
Nuland's book is an inspiring and motivational manual for getting the most out of our later years. I don't generally read motivational or "how to" books. I read this only because of enjoyed the author's biography of Maimonides and saw Nuland on Charlie Rose discussing this. When I finished I felt like writing him a note relating how much I enjoyed and benefited from his effort. I didn't do it: this review will have to suffice. Also, the audiobook reader has a wonderful voice: one that I can associate with Nuland's.
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