Growing old is not easy. Faced with issues such as retirement, declining physical health and the loss of peers, many find the later years daunting. Urged on by a desire to help others, author Chuah Tong-Ik spent a year researching on aging-related topics and has sieved out useful tips into this compact primer.
Updated with new sections on technology, sexuality and senior singleness, this comprehensive book also features discussion questions to help readers understand the implications of aging.
Help! I’m Growing Old speaks like an old friend, caring and concerned for the reader. So pick this book up, and discover new joys in your senior years!
1. How Time Flies!
2. Retired Or Rewired?
3. Aging Healthily
4. Stay In Shape Mentally
5. Living Healthily With Our Emotions
6. Develop A Sense Of Humour
7. Money, Money, Money
8. Adjusting To Losses
9. The Last Lap
10. A Life Well Lived
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This well-researched, rich, reflective book is a joy to read. It is insightful, witty and practical. The three fears that seniors face—unmet needs, suffering and death—are honestly dealt with. As seniors embrace the “golden years”, they need to be prepared and to continue to bless others as well, for they can still bear fruit in old age.
— Yin Kam Yoke, Retired School Principal and Education Secretary of Methodist Council of Education, West Malaysia
In a light-hearted and entertaining style, the author has woven his rich experiences and encounters into a practical, easy-to-read guide on growing old. He challenges our beliefs and presuppositions about retirement and finances, offers practical suggestions on healthy aging and engages us in difficult conversations about coping with losses, fears, death and dying. This is an excellent read that can be completed in a day—but I strongly recommend a leisurely re-read to savour the gems of wisdom.
— Dr. Pang Weng Sun, Geriatrician, Alexandra Hospital, Singapore
This book describes the trials and tribulations of aging, and highlights the need to make plans for dealing with financial, medical, psychological and social changes during old age. Filled with many anecdotes including the author’s personal experiences, this book is an ideal companion for counsellors and aged care managers.
— Datuk Dr. Samsudin Hussain, Former Director General of Health Services, Malaysian Armed Forces; Former Director of University Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Chuah uses humour and personal anecdotes to discuss a wide range of issues confronting seniors and suggests many tried-and-tested ways of dealing with these. His down-to-earth approach of accepting what cannot be helped and taking positive action wherever possible will inspire one to truly “embrace and enjoy”the senior years!
— Dr. Gong Wooi Khoon, A senior, enjoying the golden years! Formerly a professor at University of Science, Malaysia