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bypasses the serious issues of aging and is trite instead
on August 9, 2009
I like Loretta's books on housecleaning, but Sark's books about 'care about yourself, love others' are far better than what Loretta refers to in this work on aging. (Loretta seemingly has taken liberally from Sark including illustrations on PBS that look like Sark's, but without citing her... as well as in my opinion, liberally taking from Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen who wrote The book on 'Juicy" older women, Dr. Barbara Walker who wrote The book on the wise woman, and Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes who wrote The book on wild women, but Loretta oddly cites none of them That's really bad form).
Loretta chirps very loudly and does not have a pleasant voice. It grates, and she fancies herself as a singer as well. Not. Well, maybe in her own shower.
Her remedies amount to "Dance, twirl and act excited".... but this feels reminiscent of the old folks 'in the home' having no quality leadership and being reduced instead to being led by 'the geriatric director' into pathetically singing "You are my sunshine" as though that will really effect change and boost overall well being in a lasting way. It wont.
I am sorry, but this work on aging is shallow and does not deal in even moderate depth with any of the real issues of aging: depression, low income, serious chronic illnesses, forgiveness, isolation, being unpartnered, not able to get a job, anxiety, coming to terms with death, dealing with disappointments that are deep and scarring, loss of friends through death, and other subjects that have real 'juice.'
Frankly I think it was meant to be sort of a cheerleading thing, but this work on aging has no sustaining insights, and whatever rah rah falls very flat.
Would suggest you read Sark, Bolen, Walker and Estes, for lasting thought and nourishment.