AGING GRATEFULLY considers the differing perspectives between middle-aged and older-aged adults, analyzing changing goals, perceptions and experiences and uses a first-person analysis of cultural changes to add life and zest to observations of trends and transition points: 'She just laughed and asked me if we had malls. I said that we didn't. She asked if we had videos. I said that we didn't. She asked if we had TVs. I said yes, we did. "What? Do you think I lived in the Stone Age?" I didn't tell her that the picture was in black and white and we only had three channels. That would probably freak her out.'
Humor shines throughout AGING GRATEFULLY's experiential coverage, identifying what it means to 'age Gratefully' and showing readers how aging differences can be cultivated to create appealing moments and choices of fun reflection over angst and sorrow.
From what's on TV and how it differs between generations to differing goals of different kinds of baby boomers and how to use new techniques to improve memory, handle hair loss, and embrace the entire aging process with goodwill and humor, AGING GRATEFULLY holds a satisfying blend of practical applications and funny observations.
These are the heart of a title that doesn't just tell how to age Gratefully, but captures it in poignant, always-fun observations and vignettes:
'Tissues are to old folks, what cigarettes are to people in prison, I guess. Put a box of tissues in the middle a table and within a minute there will be a fight over that tissue box, with frail, old people straining to reach it, to claim it, to possess it, tugging, cursing... It's not a pretty sight.'
The perspective is enlightening and Michael McGan's Voice is captivating and fun: what's not to enjoy about aging?:
'The reality of old age will eventually rear its ugly head, but it can be whacked back down into its hole with the mallet of denial for quite some time. As long as you can keep swinging it. The mallet, that is. '
The grateful part comes from being grateful for what we have rather than focusing on why it should be different: AGING GRATEFULLY should be a 'must' for any determined to enter into later years with a minimum of whining.
Diane C. Donovan, Senior Reviewer Midwest Book Review
"AGING GRATEFULLY" is a humorous read. But more than that, it is a book that will make the readers ponder their future and their past. McGan's book is well-organized. This is not an in your face funny book; it is subtle humor and frankly the under 50 crowd may never understand it. I like your book, Mr. McGan." Anne B. for Readers Favorite
" Hilarious … a sort of stream of consciousness type of rhythm. Michael McGan is a writer that certainly has the potential to become the next Dave Barry." Wordmyne Reviews
“I hope I have the opportunity to read more of his humorous works. Did I say humorous? I meant hilarious. Finally - if this book (The Hamster Never Sleeps) was a restaurant, I’d give it a rating of five Silver Spoons. But in this case, I’ll give it five Golden Guffaws!” Kassidy Emmerson for eBook Palace
"Highly entertaining and written with a professionally smooth pen, Mr. McGan has created a perfect ‘pick-me-upper’ for anyone’s bookshelf. (Fleeting Thoughts) Mr. McGan’ s writing style is both professional yet friendly and laid-back, his prose expressive and his topic choices unique… Irreverent and unique humor pieces… witty vignettes... Mr. McGan has a way with words, no doubt about it…” Midwest Book Review