How to Age Gracefully: Grow Older, Grow Wiser

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Author Viola Mecke, PhD, offers guidance for those facing challenges from ages 50-85+

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“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.

Everyone grows older, but few are prepared to deal with it emotionally.

“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 come with growing older and offers guidance for dealing with feelings of loneliness, dissatisfaction, depression, 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, 88, wrote the book using her experience as a psychotherapist and scholar, as well as with life itself, to describe some of the challenges of aging. Four distinct phases, beginning at age 50, are marked by both normal and unanticipated complications, such as physical changes, retirement, illness, and loss of independence. These issues challenge one’s self-awareness, personal happiness, and relationships with partner, family, and friends. Approaching these challenges with equanimity, resilience, and acceptance will yield 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.

For more information, visit http://www.violameckephd.com.

Aging Wisely
By Viola Mecke, PhD, ABPP
ISBN: 978-1-4931-1426-9
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book, audiobook
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Xlibris

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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