Author Viola Mecke Addresses Emotional Challenges of Aging in New Book

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This book will make readers see the often neglected psychological aspects of aging and the ways to deal with it, paving the way to ‘Aging Wisely’.

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Aging itself is highlighted in today’s articles and literature. Health, finances, exercise, memory problems are all thoroughly discussed, while personal and social relationship problems are not,” clinical psychologist and author Viola Mecke says. In her desire to help people see the emotionally-loaded challenges aging people meet, Mecke opens reader’s eyes to the psychological aspects of aging through her book “Aging Wisely.”

Meckes’ many years of practice and experiencing aging herself, she finds out that surprisingly feelings do not age. Rather loneliness, fears, retirement, sorrow and contentment abound. At a time when one thinks that life is easier, new problems and situations that are challenging arise. In her book, Meckes presents the four stages of aging to better help adults understand the phases they are in right now. The phases include the initiation to aging at about fifty years of age, changes in life following retirement, a gradual acceptance of being older, and the final years of eighty-five and older. Highlighting the emotional challenges elders encounters, she wants to aid them by focusing on accepting and positively reacting to the vicissitudes of life; especially maintaining resiliency and positivity.

Feelings about the self, relationships with partners and family may be gradually changing within this period but Meckes will be sure to direct the adults to their right path through her book, giving the chance for everyone to enjoy the benefits of “Aging Wisely.” Meckes then leaves her fellow elderly the message that life is good and whatever challenges people meet along the way, with resilience and inner peace, everyone will be sure to conquer them.

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About the Author
Viola Mecke, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with over 40 years experience in teaching and clinical practice. She was a clinical professor emeritus (adjunct) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical School and emeritus 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. Eighty-five years old, she began writing articles and poetry about five years ago.

Aging Wisely * by Viola Mecke, PhD, ABPP
Facing Emotional Challenges from 50 to 85+ Years
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 125 pages; 978-1-4931-1425-2
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 125 pages; 978-1-4931-1426-9
e-book; $3.99; 978-1-4931-1427-6

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