Celebrate Aging? Professional Aging Coach Helps Adult Children of Aging Parents Discover the Secrets

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Professional Aging Coach, Gail McConnon, introduces services to help adult children of aging parents overcome issues with their aging parents and their parents' aging. Believing that growing older is a cause for celebration, she teaches how to embrace this mindset and let go of the negative internalizations that get in the way of celebrating the second half of life.

Celebrate Aging?! That's an oxymoron to most people. Yet, Gail McConnon's approach to aging is that of a celebration. She is a Professional Aging Coach whose company, Celebrate Aging Ltd., helps the adult children of aging parents clear out the old baggage that interferes with their truly connecting with their parents at a time when those connections are most needed.

"Aging" and "Old" have long been considered negatives in our society. Despite some shifts in attitude, the second half of life is still believed by many to be a time of illness, slowing down, loss of independence and loss of value. These images are so strongly internalized in the American culture, that it's no wonder mid-life adults who are also adult children of aging parents feel a double whammy.

According to Celebrate Aging founder, Gail McConnon, "We all approach this point in life from different directions, but basically, we're adults who are still our parents' children. We're adult caregivers who still cringe from childhood injustices. We are our history, just as our parents are their histories. It's those histories that pull us apart, but can just as easily pull us together if we give them a chance."

That "chance" to move beyond old grudges, regrets and self doubts is exactly what Gail provides for clients through her coaching and telecourse programs, like the one starting January 23, 2008: "7 Reasons You're Not Getting Through to Your Aging Parents ... And What You Can Do to Make Things Better". Information about this program and others can be found at http://www.celebrateaging.com.

Gail understands what mid-life adults who have aging parents are going through, because she was one of them. Gail passed life's halfway point while serving as her mother's primary caregiver for the last 6 years of her mother's life. That experience inspired the work she does today.    

Gail McConnon emphasized, "It's important to realize that, by and large, our parents did the best they knew how to do in raising us. They weren't perfect, but neither are we. It's up to us to let go of the old stories and create new ones that nurture the relationship and the time we have left together."

To learn how to improve your connection with your aging parents, visit http://www.celebrateaging.com. While there, register to receive, absolutely free of charge, the seven part audio program, "Not Your Grandparents' Aging."

Gail McConnon is a Professional Aging Coach who helps adults in life's second half navigate the often messy work of aging. Gail is certified as a coach, master practitioner of HNLP and hypnotherapy, and a Sage_ing CircleTM Facilitator. A writer and speaker, she holds BA, MPH and MS degrees.

Gail McConnon, Professional Aging Coach
Celebrate Aging Ltd.

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