Mindcrafting - How to Mentor your Ageing Mind
Size: 215 mm x 138 mm
Publisher: Beehive Books
Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. (Sarah Williams)
The old astronomer in the famous 1868 poem, Twilight Hours, may well be speaking in a different context but his timeless words of hope, sanguinity and resilience seem to perfectly capture the beating heart and positive thrust of this very important book. Dr Lyons views ageing as ‘an accelerated series of opportunities to gain psychological and spiritual maturity’ (p. 192) and has produced a holistic prescription for ageing wisely and with dignity.
Mindcrafting promotes a powerful new approach to how readers think about our final decades which seeks to revolutionise the way we plan for old age as individuals, family members, and citizens within a society where the average life expectancy continues to rise. Old age is not an illness and despite our often unspoken fears about diminished physical and mental powers, the author contends that in fact very little changes as ‘most people still feel largely the same on the inside, even if the exterior all-weather paint is cracking a little’ (p. 30).
Resolutely rejecting the notion that ageing inevitably brings infirmity and misery, Dr Lyons focusses on health-span rather than lifespan and offers a cache of practical, evidence-based guidance for living longer and better – echoing G.B. Shaw’s philosophy, ‘I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations’.
---Reviewer: Mary Adamson, Intercom, September 2023
‘Dr Lyons notes that "A rich legacy is available to us when we gracefully accept the wisdom, maturity and mellowing that goes with old age." His book is a timely and worthwhile guide to help us do exactly that!’
--Dr Claire Hayes, consultant clinical psychologist and author of Finding Hope in the Age of Anxiety
‘It lays out a beautifully crafted, holistic approach to how we, both individually and collectively as a people, can adapt to the physical, cognitive and emotional changes which accompany this stage of life. A must for every household!’
--Dr Harry Barry, GP and author of Embracing Change
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Our later years offer many opportunities for personal growth and renewal, but can also be a time of difficult changes and challenges. In Mindcrafting: How to Mentor Your Ageing Mind, Dr Declan Lyons draws upon the Human Givens set of organising ideas to explore the physical and emotional needs of older people and highlight the unique resources they possess to meet these needs.
In a warm and accessible way, the author dispels the negative stereotypes around ageing and demystifies professional services available to help older people continue to live full and rewarding lives. Whether you are looking ahead or already in older age, this book will open your eyes to the abundant gifts of later life.
About the author
Doctor Declan Lyons is a consultant psychiatrist at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services and a clinical associate professor in psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin. His previous publications include The Evergreen Guide: Helping People to Survive and Thrive in Later Years (2014) and The Time of Your Later Life: Reflections on Ageing with Attitude (2018).