Aging offers a unique opportunity to know ourselves better. A different perspective on life comes as we become better acquainted with our inner self
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (PRWEB) June 22, 2015
Everyone grows older, but few are prepared to deal with it.
“Aging Wisely,” the new book from Viola Mecke, PhD, ABPP, serves as a guide for navigating the emotionally challenging situations that come with growing older. Mecke examines the myriad life changes that lead many older adults to feelings of dissatisfaction and unhappiness.
“Growing older often presents very paradoxical situations,” Mecke said. “Just at the time we feel comfortable with the experience and knowledge gained throughout life, we become less able to use them.”
Mecke wrote the book using her experience as a psychotherapist and scholar, as well as life itself, to understand the challenges of aging. Four distinct phases, beginning at age 50, are marked by normal as well as unanticipated challenges. Each phase – containing difficulties such as physical changes, retirement, and illness – challenges one’s self-awareness, relations with family and friends, and happiness. To approach these challenges with equanimity, resilience, and acceptance brings contentment, integrity, and peace.
“Aging offers a unique opportunity to know ourselves better. A different perspective on life comes as we become better acquainted with our inner self,” Mecke said.
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About the Author
Viola Mecke, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with over forty years’ experience in teaching and clinical practice. She was a clinical professor emerita (adjunct) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical School and emerita professor of educational psychology at the East Bay California State University. Her field of specialty has been the emotional and personality development and problems throughout the life span. She focused her interest on aging following health crises in her life. She is a cofounder of the Center for Intergenerational Relations in Santa Barbara, California.
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