A life-affirming work celebrating spiritual maturity and awakening. In this wise and gentle guide to the spiritual work of aging, best selling author Marsha Sinetar introduces us to Bo and Em, two radically different spiritual and mature women who discuss the true work of aging well. In a series of letters between these two soul friends, Sinetar examines the practical aspects as well as the challenges and joys of spiritual awakening as the prime task and joy of elderhood.
Originally intended as research for gerontologists and healthcare workers, Sinetar's work evolved into "spiritual hardiness," a crucial component in successful aging. Don't Call Me Old, I'm Just Awakening! explores the following themes of successful aging:
· why engaged elders develop their attitudes earlier in life--for instance, as they handle obstacles or conceive of aging in the first place. · why authentic involvements produce a hopeful, ageless vitality, and · why fulfilling, transpersonal activities promote the will to endure and to grow beyond the common losses, pains or seeming frailties of advanced age.
Sinetar also offers practical ideas and solutions for eldercare, including end of life care (and all the negotiations that accompany that); family guidance (especially intervening for the frail or elderly should conflicts arise); and nursing homes or hospital visits (particularly if someone is recuperating slowly or does not have family).
This much-needed book will be welcomed and embraced by mature women and men of all faiths and occupations engaged in spiritual work as well as baby boomers seeking to understand not only their parents' eldercare issues, but what they themselves will be facing. Finally, this book is for mature individuals who can help lead us into spiritual awakening as a part of our aging process.