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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (August 17, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393316513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393316513
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A cheering book to read, to give to someone you love who is growing older. -- Vogue

A collection of sensible tips for the elderly. -- Time

Commonsense advice for mitigating the problems brought on by growing older . . . can make being old much nicer than you anticipate or may now be experiencing. -- New York Times

With humor and personal anecdotes, [Skinner] suggests ways to shape an older person's environment so that the imperfections of old age present as few intrusions as possible. -- New Orleans Times-Picayune

[A] wealth of practical guidelines to enhance the pleasures of life. -- Jane E. Brody, New York Times

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Theodore M. Alper on August 15, 2000
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Whatever you think of behaviorism, or Skinner's other works, this book is an admirable effort, and his approach to old age can be profitably adapted by those of any age. Skinner takes a clear-eyed look at how to alter one's environment -- one's home, one's habits, developed over a lifetime but often suboptimal for the person one has become -- to minimize inconveniences and maximize enjoyment.
I first read this book in my early 20s, and I was profoundly struck by Skinner's pragmatic assessment of his circumstances and his focus on making positive steps to improve his life.
[Incidentally, I shared an elevator ride with Skinner around the time this book came out (before I had read it) -- we didn't talk, but he scowled at me.]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 5, 2013
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This is one of the most useful books I have read. Bought it originally in 1983 when it first came out. At that time I was only 40 years old. I have since bought two more copies.

The suggestions it contains are very worthwhile for old persons, for whom the book was written but it is also very useful for young people. It will help to remember things, have a good time, think more clearly, produce written pieces and a number of other items.

If you, dear reader, want to do yourself a favor, buy this book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By newyearforme on January 23, 2012
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Anybody could have written this book; it's simply common sense. It tells you that you might have vision problems, you might have hearing problems, you might forget people's names, etc. I did not learn ONE SINGLE THING from this book. I'm leaving this feedback because somebody else's positive feedback enticed me into buying it. Waste of time - if you want the book I'll give it to you!
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1997
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When he was almost 80 years old Skinner, the creator of behaviourism, decided to share with us his wisdom about old age.

This is a very useful book for people approaching old age, or for those who have to deal with old people.
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