Old and Smart: Women and the Adventure of Aging

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Betty Nickerson, writer, sociologist, curator and TV producer - now in her mid-seventies - knows that when it comes to aging, you just can't believe anyone under 60.

She has spent decades talking to ageful women at bus stops, checkout counters, doctor's offices, rallies, meetings and funerals. And she knows that her Age Mates are not little old ladies, but women with enormous energy to give to the future of the world.

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Overview

Betty Nickerson, writer, sociologist, curator and TV producer - now in her mid-seventies - knows that when it comes to aging, you just can't believe anyone under 60.

She has spent decades talking to ageful women at bus stops, checkout counters, doctor's offices, rallies, meetings and funerals. And she knows that her Age Mates are not little old ladies, but women with enormous energy to give to the future of the world.

From Nickerson's formal and informal studies and her many workshops and presentations on aging comes Old and Smart - a recipe for aging freely and joyfully. The author explores the mystery of aging, past and present, and deals specifically with the interests, needs, and shared experiences of today's mature women. She speaks frankly about children, health, drugs, grief, memory loss, money, spirtuality, sex and much more. Many personal stories are also woven in, and there are special sections like "House Rules for Husbands" and "100 Things to Do That Don't Cost Money."

Old and Smart is a much needed examination of aging in our culture. Contrary to our accepted myths and suppositions, Nickerson turns aging into an adventure filled with possibilities - a state of being to be accepted, not denied.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550171204
  • Publisher: Harbour Publishing Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Betty Nickerson was born during a Kansas tornado in 1922. She earned her BA in sociology and agriculture and did postgraduate work in Interdisciplinary Communications at McGill University. She raised three children, and spent seven years writing, producing and hosting youth TV shows in Winnipeg. She has been awarded a British Council Fellowship, an India Arts Council Fellowship and the Queen's Jubilee Medal. She is the author of three other books and co-author of a fourth. She is founder of the Amazing Greys, a gathering of older women. Nickerson makes her home on Vancouver Island.
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"This book contains observations and suggestions on how we as individuals can be healthy, wealthy and wise. It also talks about some of the innovations we can put together out of our experience that will enable us to assume our responsibility now, and claim the rightful place of older women in creating the harmony the human family requires. We have the power to link our present needs to an ancient way - to find a flow which is meaningful but has gone underground to survive. Older women may be the natural dowsers to recover the river."
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Table of Contents

Preface 9

Chapter 1 Don't Believe Anyone Under Sixty 19

Chapter 2 Someday I'll Find You 33

Chapter 3 Our Life 38

Our Alphabet of Time 65

Chapter 4 People with the Most Birthdays Live Longest 67

Chapter 5 The Way We Are 73

Affirmations of Maturity 88

Chapter 6 Getting Clear 89

Chapter 7 I'm Just a Housewife 99

Chapter 8 The Healing Mind 111

Chapter 9 The Care and Treatment of Doctors 137

Chapter 10 Good Medicine 158

Chapter 11 Walk to the Fountain of Youth 178

Chapter 12 Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread 184

Chapter 13 The Memory of 195

Chapter 14 The Adventure of Sex 206

Chapter 15 Loose Threads 227

Chapter 16 Ways and Means 249

100 Things To Do that Don't Cost Any Money 270

Chapter 17 Bridging Troubled Waters 272

Chapter 18 Go Softly Into That Bright Light 289

Chapter 19 Follow Your Bliss 305

Acknowledgments 315

Sources of Interest 317

Index 323

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