Practical advice about aging

Front cover of a book, ENGAGING WITH AGING, Gems from Doris Carnevali's blog. Edited by Rachel McAlpine. Big cartoon of a woman examining her swollen big toe with a magnifying glass.
Engaging With Aging: Gems from Doris Carnevali’s blog

We get plenty of advice about aging well, aging positively and so forth. But when do we get practical, personal but scientifically sound advice on advanced aging from a thriving centenarian? Someone with actual experience of what it is to be 95, 96, and eventually 101 years old? That’s important because age may be a number but it is certainly not JUST a number. Someone who knows from experience that bodies and minds and circumstances do change as we become extremely old.

Answer: you get it from Doris Carnevali.

You know I’m a big fan of Engaging with Aging, Doris Carnevali’s blog. So much of a fan that I had (with her permission) adapted her blog to an ebook, just to share her brilliant strategies more widely.

Practical advice interrupted by injury

As I write this, Mrs Carnevali has just explained why she hadn’t posted since last January: at almost 101 years old, she fell, broke her right leg in two places. Her fractures have healed and she is now rehabilitating in an assisted care unit.

Recently I updated the e-book and added illustrations. To mark the milestone of her healing, I’ve knocked the price down as low as it can go for Kindle: 99c. I think the updated edition is even more readable, entertaining and useful.

Who should read Engaging With Aging?

  • Those who are starting to think about their future old age, or
  • have realised that they may well live into their 80s and 90s, or
  • are worrying about their parents’ aging.

You can help others who need practical advice about aging

My not-so-secret mission is to help people who are worrying about their own future old age, with practical, realistic, and encouraging information. That’s why I made an ebook based on Mrs Carnevali’s excellent (and pretty amazing) advice.

So if you like what you know of this unique book about advanced aging, please do get it, read it, and give it some stars. You have no idea how much difference those stars make! The Amazon algorithm interprets the first bunch of stars and reviews like this: “This book is apparently worth reading, unlike most. Let’s boost it.” Any ebook needs stars and readers, or the world never even knows it exists. That’s how it goes on Amazon.

A second way you can help others who are anxious about old age is to give them the ebook. It’s easy, apparently — for some!

How to gift the ebook to someone who needs it

You already know someone who needs this encouraging e-book about how to live well when you are very old. A friend, relative, or client, probably in their 50s or older. With luck, you can send them a copy by email. It seems to depend on what country you’re in, and you can only send it to someone in the same country. But give it a try!

Good luck with your good deed!

An audio sample from the e-book Engaging With Aging

After writing this, I decided to read a couple of excerpts from the e-book to give you a taste. Please excuse my croaky voice!

Listen to Why blog? and Turning 95 from Engaging With Aging
Listen to Developmental Theories and My Tasks from Engaging With Aging

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5 thoughts on “Practical advice about aging

  1. Meryl says:

    I’ve just bought it!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Yay! A million thanks!

  2. I just bought it, also! Is there a way to download your recorded excerpts? You really should do the ‘audio book’ for this, Rachel – it’s very (ahem) **engaging**.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      That’s great! Try dragging the file from the web page:that might work. And you have inspired me to (when I get a few spare hours) to record the whole book for my podcast, How To Be Old. Then it will always be available.

      1. Thanks. I got ’em! 🙂
        Great about it being recorded for your podcast!

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