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The Elder Wisdom Circle Guide for a Meaningful Life: Seniors Across America Offer Advice to the Next Generations
     

The Elder Wisdom Circle Guide for a Meaningful Life: Seniors Across America Offer Advice to the Next Generations

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by Doug Meckelson, Diane Haithman (Contribution by)
 

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Inspired by his grandmother, Meckelson, a former worker in the financial services industry, founded the Elder Wisdom Circle in 2001. Now nationwide, this group comprises volunteers aged 60–100 who endeavor to provide assistance to younger people who ask questions through a Web site. Meckelson and L.A. Times staff writer Haithman have divided representative

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Inspired by his grandmother, Meckelson, a former worker in the financial services industry, founded the Elder Wisdom Circle in 2001. Now nationwide, this group comprises volunteers aged 60–100 who endeavor to provide assistance to younger people who ask questions through a Web site. Meckelson and L.A. Times staff writer Haithman have divided representative correspondence into such subjects as careers, sibling issues and death. Many engaging and thoughtful questions and responses are recounted. Although one respondent recommends trusting in God, the circle members are by no means all believers and are required to refrain from proselytizing. The elders are not afraid to discuss nontraditional family structures and also humanely and appropriately deal with inquiries about sexuality. Anyone looking for empathy and practical strategies for overcoming difficulties from those who have been there will profit from this light-hearted guide and be inspired to visit the Web site, elderwisdomcircle.org

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Inspired by his grandmother, Meckelson, a former worker in the financial services industry, founded the Elder Wisdom Circle in 2001. Now nationwide, this group comprises volunteers aged 60-100 who endeavor to provide assistance to younger people who ask questions through a Web site. Meckelson and L.A. Timesstaff writer Haithman have divided representative correspondence into such subjects as careers, sibling issues and death. Many engaging and thoughtful questions and responses are recounted. Although one respondent recommends trusting in God, the circle members are by no means all believers and are required to refrain from proselytizing. The elders are not afraid to discuss nontraditional family structures and also humanely and appropriately deal with inquiries about sexuality. Anyone looking for empathy and practical strategies for overcoming difficulties from those who have been there will profit from this light-hearted guide and be inspired to visit the Web site, elderwisdomcircle.org.(Oct. 30)

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Garnering the wisdom of more than 600 seniors nationwide, Meckelson (president/founder, the Elder Wisdom Circle) has compiled this guide to help young people face the struggles and challenges of everyday life. He and Los Angeles Timesstaff writer Haithman took the most universal and provocative questions and answers from the popular web site and arranged them by life's major phases. Problems addressed include coping with shyness, arguing with neighbors, and delivering eulogies. A unique feature of the material is that several responses are provided for each question, which gives the reader options for behavior. With its distinctive format for self-help queries, this should prove interesting to patrons of all ages. Highly recommended.


—Deborah Bigelow

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452288812
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/30/2007
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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The Elder Wisdom Circle Guide for a Meaningful Life: Seniors Across America Offer Advice to the Next Generations 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
kayakerjd More than 1 year ago
I have long thought America to have its head in the sand when it comes to our senior citizens. We worship youth in our advertising, movies, and print media while overlooking our true wealth, the older generation. There is an old African saying that goes, "When an African dies, it is like a library burning" That is because in those cultures the wisdom gleaned from a long life is respected and sought after. This book by Diane Haithman is a long overdue nod to the most valued part of our society. It is beautifully written, thoughtful, and will make you want to hug your grandparents. Once you begin, you will not want to put it down.
Applemoma More than 1 year ago
With wisdom on every subject from dogs and cats to marriage to raising a child, this book makes a wonderful holiday gift for young and old."

The thoughtful and honest approach is refreshing. I enjoyed the candor and the no nonsense, straight talk. These people have seen and experienced life and now you can gain from their experience.

Being an older parent I value all the wisdom I can find. This book is a treasure of info, truth, with a nice touch of humor. Read a few pages for what ails you.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Not many of us have grandparents who live next door, bake us cookies and offer us advice anymore. These 'grandparents in cyberspace' are the next best thing! Read their non-judgmental advice on universal questions, plus read their funny, sweet, touching personal stories.They're old, but they're cool!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Always believed that many of our senior citizens are unfairly moved to the sidelines while they still have much to contribute. This book demonstrates in a very concrete and interesting fashion just how valuable they can be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful, common sense guide to life from those who have lived it. While times change, many things are timeless, and these seniors really put life into perspective. Excellent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was well written and covered a variety of topics that would be of interest to almost anyone. The diversity of advice given on any of the included topics was fascinating as well as much of the biographical material provided on those 'elders' who contributed to the book. True life is so much more interesting than make believe and people of all ages should benefit from the experiences and accumulated wisdom of these folks. I found it to be several hours well spent and will be reading it again.