The Secrets of Ageless Ageing
Size: 215 mm x 138 mm
Publisher: Beehive Books
‘Karen’s mindful knowledge and great words of wisdom take us on a journey to holistic health, vitality and beyond.’
Pat Henry, fitness and wellness consultant, MIHCA, president of IABS
‘Ageless ageing – who doesn’t want that? A lovely read full of things to reflect and act on. Wish I read it ten years ago!’
Dr Melissa Darmody, psychologist
‘I love the book … it’s so full of nuggets of wisdom and really practical advice. It’s a great handbook for life over 40.’
Mary Coughlan, singer, songwriter and actress
In The Secrets of Ageless Ageing, Dr Karen Ward takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery including celebrations of middle age as well as the years that follow. Over 13 chapters and 153 pages, she gives sound practical advice and has a holistic approach to the inevitability of growing older. While modern society worships youth in all its glory – as people now longer, our society needs to become more aware of the benefits of ageing (p. 11). Apart from her wise advice, witty style and practical ‘Tips to Try’, each chapter includes interviews with the older and wiser generation entitled ‘Words of Wisdom’. They share some of the joys and regrets of their lives with the reader and give some interesting words of advice.
Like most people, the author did not contemplate that the ageing process had actually begun until in her forties. She realised then that the older woman she might become depended on the foundations that she put in place while she was still young enough to take action and to prepare wisely.
The author shares her knowledge and experience, as a professional holistic therapist and practicing counselling psychotherapist. While she sees natural remedies as very beneficial, she views them as being complementary to medical intervention and strongly advices regular medical check-ups. In ‘Mid-Life Opportunity’, we see the positive potential to reinvent ourselves. ‘I believe that it’s never too late to pursue our dreams’ she asserts. She also shows a deep understanding of the mental, physical and emotional issues, experienced by both men and women in their mid-life, causing stress and anxiety as well as affecting lives and relationships with partners, family members and friends.
The ‘Empty Nest Syndrome’ has been widely documented, but in Ireland at the present time there is a shift towards the reverse situation, whereby adult children can’t or won’t leave the nest. Practical advice on preparation for retirement and on the importance of preparation for bereavement and loss, brings the reader to a place of acceptance and of building a legacy for others to carry on. This book is full of good practical advice. Leaving the last word on this publication to Dr Melissa Darmody, Psychologist who concluded after reading, ‘Ageless ageing – who doesn’t want that? A lovely read full of things to reflect and act on. Wish I read it ten years ago!’
- Geraldine Coyle, Intercom October 2022
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In The Secrets of Ageless Ageing, Karen Ward takes her reader by the hand on a voyage of self-discovery and a celebration of middle age and beyond. Rather than be daunted by this experience, she gives sound, practical advice and a common-sense and holistic approach to the inevitability that is growing older. Karen’s wise and witty style is flanked by interviews with those older and wiser, who share their regrets and joys, and give sage advice.
The Secrets of Ageless Ageing is full of tips on how best to manage our physicality, time, mental health and relationships as we age, how to ease our adjustment to retirement and a slower pace of life, and, most importantly, how to embrace with enthusiasm the many opportunities that the latter stages of our lives offer.
About the author:
Dr Karen Ward, holistic therapist on RTÉ’s Health Squad and BBC’s Last Resort, is a practising counselling psychotherapist. Her books include The Health Squad Guide to Health (Onstream, 2007), Change a Little to Change a Lot (Merlin, 2009), and her children’s book, illustrated by Paula McGloin, Glorious Goddesses (Beehive, 2022).