Peter William Kent was born in Scotland, and received his early education at Andover Grammar School in Hampshire, England. At the age of seventeen he volunteered for the British Army and served in the Far East during World War II. This experience convinced him that aspiring to long life is a wise ambition. Peter went on to receive an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a master's degree in organization development from Pepperdine University. He also attended University College in London. While working for three Fortune 200 companies, he gained experience in marketing, organization development, and human resources management. He spent several years in the United Nations as a Senior Advisor. Mr. Kent served in several African countries. He later taught public policy at Portland State University, and following that managed his own consulting venture. In 2000 he moved to a retirement community in California.
Here Today and Perhaps Tomorrow: And Die Laughing in a Retirement Community-Portraits of Elderly Careby Peter William Kent
Retirement Community Living: Facts, from an Elderly Viewpoint. Every passing year a growing number of our ageing population will enter the retirement ranks. As they go about making their retirement decisions these retirees will benefit by becoming increasingly informed about retirement community living. Retirees typically make decisions about their future after gaining a clearer grasp of retirement community life. Knowledge is important, and retirement community knowledge is especially important to the elderly. A sense of humor is a characteristic of these communities. Humor permeates the most dreary retirement environments. However, it can be quite difficult to poke fun at an old lady as she confronts Alzheimer's disease. Nonetheless, this book has a tongue-in-cheek perspective. The author takes a realistic and hands-on look at the retirement community scene, enabling readers to more easily appreciate what can and does happen in this retirement style.
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The most excellent publication. "HERE TODAY AND PERHAPS TOMORROW," deserves a 5 star rating. I have had the pleasure of reading it and consider it the finest of its kind on retirement living. There is no other book like it that addresses the topic in such depth for the elderly. It is well-researched, serious, entertaining, and humorous, with select cartoons, striking anecdotes, authentic anecdotes, and charming vignettes. This is a new kind of guidebook for everyone interested in learning about the challenges of old age. If the stories strain your credulity a trifle, all you have to do is visit any retirement community. You will emerge grateful that you have read this wonderful book.
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite "Here Today and Perhaps Tomorrow" is a book about retirement community living and it is written by someone who is actually experiencing it. It is a comprehensive guide for the elderly who are faced with this life changing decision. Designed to help them choose their homes where they can spend the sunset of their lives, it gives a clear picture not only of the physical reality of such a move, but also its emotional repercussions to the family, community and to the retirees themselves. For those who have not yet reached this important milestone in their lives, the book is an eye opener in understanding the older members not only of their families, but of the community as a whole. Peter William Kent started living in a retirement home in 2000 and this book is the result of his experiences, observations and aspirations. As the title suggests, this self help book is full of funny and practical insights about the life of the elderly members of our community who decide to live in these homes. Some of them, in fact, do not have any other choice at all. The book also contains poignant and moving stories that are happening inside these communities. We will all reach old age sooner or later and this makes the book an interesting read for everyone. Many of us are too busy living our own lives today so that we may not be fully aware of these communities and the people who live in them. The irony of this is that the chance that we will face the same fate is quite high. This makes the book quite interesting and it is reassuring to know that there is life, even in old age. This book is a testament to that fact.