Santa Rosa, CA (PRWEB) July 17, 2006
For many seniors, facing the issues of aging will be an all-encompassing problem, one they are often not willing to talk about. Getting older, for many, is defined by loss – loss of freedom, spouses, opportunities, health. It is easy to feel defeated and alone during this pivotal stage of life, being left to questions why these are called ‘the golden years.’
“Senior Moments: Getting the Most Out of Your Golden Years” (ISBN 1598001639), by David Wayne Silva is a collection of essays and stories that will inspire and offer hope to senior citizens. Silva’s unique insights into the hearts and minds of the elderly are a direct result of personal experience, plus 30 years of family, marriage and grief counseling. By addressing the issues we will all ultimately face, Silva gently validates the aging process and encourages the reader to view their later years with humor and good intentions.
Shortly after retirement and the passing of his wife, arthritis and heart failure struck Silva’s life, leaving him feeling depressed and miserable about his future. But helping people has always shaped Silva’s life, and in a moment of clarity, he saw other seniors struggling with similar problems and began talking with them. Through sharing stories and talking with others, Silva’s attitude began to change and a new outlook for his future emerged. The result was a re-inspired spirit and a deeper understanding for life. Silva realized he was not alone, and wanted to help other struggling seniors get more joy out of their lives.
“Senior Moments” encourages seniors to understand and take care of their bodies, to maintain relationships and build new ones, to hold strong to their spirituality, and to see beauty in the world around them. Above all, Silva emphasizes the importance of rising above negativity and making the choice to view life in a positive way. “I urge seniors to look back over the years and to be thankful for the good things in their life,” concludes Silva. “Forget about the mistakes, the stupid things we all do, and the hurts and the anger we experienced. Remember our accomplishments and the good times, and be grateful for a long life. Stay close to friends and loved ones, and most important, stay close to your spirituality.”
David Wayne Silva lives in Santa Rosa, CA. A seventy-seven year old retired teacher and school administrator, Silva spent thirty-eight years working in public schools. His career lent itself to family counseling, and upon the death of his beloved wife, Silva found himself facilitating a counseling group for widowers. Silva now lectures senior citizens groups on living with the problems of aging. “Senior Moments” (ISBN 1598001639), can be purchased at online bookstores. For more information, visit http://seniormomentsbooks.com.