• Stupid Things I Won’t Do When I Get Old

  • A Highly Judgmental, Unapologetically Honest Accounting of All the Things Our Elders Are Doing Wrong
  • By: Steven Petrow
  • Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (95 ratings)

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Stupid Things I Won’t Do When I Get Old

By: Steven Petrow
Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
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Publisher's Summary

Soon after his 50th birthday, Steven Petrow began assembling a list of "things I won't do when I get old" - mostly a catalog of all the things he thought his then 70-something-year-old parents were doing wrong. That list became the basis of this rousing collection of dos and don'ts, wills and won'ts that is equal parts hilarious, honest, and practical.

The fact is, we don't want to age the way previous generations did. "Old people" hoard. They bore relatives - and strangers alike - with tales of their aches and pains. They insist on driving long after they've become a danger to others (and themselves). They eat dinner at four p.m. They swear they don't need a cane or walker (and guess what happens next). They never, ever apologize. But there is another way....

In Stupid Things I Won't Do When I Get Old, Petrow candidly addresses the fears, frustrations, and stereotypes that accompany aging. He offers a blueprint for the new old age and an understanding that aging and illness are not the same. As he writes, "I meant the list to serve as a pointed reminder - to me - to make different choices when I eventually cross the threshold to 'old.'" Getting older is a privilege. This essential guide reveals how to do it with grace, wisdom, humor, and hope. And without hoarding.

©2021 Steven Petrow (P)2021 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Poinient but Depressing

A good read but was depressing too. Ruminates too much about end of life. Needed more positive inspiration

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Common sense, not very insightful

Basic Advice like don't share all your health problems in every conversation. I was hoping for a bit more.

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not what I expected

If you are familiar with this person, you might enjoy this book. Is he an NPR-styled humorist? So it seems, don't know. I was looking for practical information, hints, but it seems to me that this book is more about his (often judgmental) view of the world, and his life as much as it is about aging in general. Five paragraphs scolding the use of two spaces after a sentence pretty much sums it up. Call me stupid. HA. HA. HA.

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I Needed This

I'm never sure if I'm the only one out there tossing these thoughts around. This book resonated as much as any book I've read in years, and did so with humor, poignancy, inspiration and reflection. I only wish it had been read by the author, since it is at the core very personal (and yet, universal)

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Wonderful, touching and funny!

Okay Boomers - this book is a must listen for those of us lucky enough to get older. A funny and touching dose of perspective on life. I thoroughly enjoyed every chapter.

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Enjoyable!

This Book is full of Good Humor, good information & is thought provoking regarding your own future!

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Reminders For a Fulfilling Life in Our Later Years

This book really made me reflect on how to embrace my coming later years. Adjust to the changes, let your loved ones know how much you love them, and have more compassion for folks older than ourselves as hopefully we will still be around to join those elder folks!

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Great Life Lessons for All Ages about Old Age

Helped me realize my shortcomings, frustrations, and fears about my mom getting older.

Great lessons and behavior indicators that my grandparents exhibit.

Look forward to listening to it every year as a healthy reminder that aging and retirement are not a death sentence, just another (maybe final) adventurous chapter in life.

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Totally worth a listen!!!

THANK YOU Professor Petrow’s son for this gift!
I laughed and cried in equal measure!!

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Not at all what I thought I was getting.

Topic was not about what title and review stated. Wish I could get my credit back.