Author to Elderly: Life Doesn’t Stop at 80; Get Up

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New book offers elderly the author’s example of active, fun-filled lifestyle past 80 years old

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“Having a good old age doesn’t just happen,” Allen says. “It’s our resolve and engagement that will make old age rewarding and fun.”

I Like Being Old: A Guide to Making the Most of Aging (published by iUniverse) by K. Eileen Allen, in collaboration with Judith R. Starbuck, offers senior citizens the knowledge that getting older isn’t the end of the world. “Having a good old age doesn’t just happen,” Allen says. “It’s our resolve and engagement that will make old age rewarding and fun.”

Allen enjoys much about being 90 years old, and she doesn’t take excuses. She may not be able to remember every date on her calendar, but she has memorized more than 40 poems since turning 80 and losing her vision. And if she can’t walk without a walker, that hasn’t stopped her from using it to walk three miles around the lake across the street.

“It’s up to us to make it happen.” Allen’s drive and dedication to remain in control of her life, during a period of living when many seem to give up control to elderly communities and assisted-living homes, is the heart of this book. “It’s a time to stay open to all life has to offer, an opportunity to keep learning from what comes our way.”

I Like Being Old was selected for inclusion in the iUniverse Star program, which recognizes excellence in writing.

About the Authors
K. Eileen Allen spent her career as a child development specialist in university settings. As she approached retirement, she worked as an editor at “The Crone Connection,” a newsletter focused on women and aging. She resides in Seattle.

Judith R. Starbuck earned her bachelor of arts in journalism from Kent State University in Ohio. For more than 50 years, she has worked as a writer, editor and designer for nonprofit publications, including “The Crone Connection.” She, too, lives in Seattle.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Chapters Indigo in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniverse on Twitter.

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