Alan writes: I’m excited to share news of my fourth book, which I have started writing. The catalyst for this project is that I need it myself: in 2018 I will turn seventy, and I’ve realised that I don’t feel easy or confident about being in my seventies. When I started to ask around, I realised that I’m not alone, and that others may want a creative ageing guide for Baby Boomers.
You may recognise two pop song titles in my book title; all the chapters use song titles too. For example, Love Me Do - Reinventing Partnership; Good Vibrations - Managing Your Health; Won’t Get Fooled Again - Change the Story.
My aim is to write a self-help book for people that don’t like the genre; this book will be light and constructive, and also concise. There will be Resources lists for deeper coverage of most topics.
As I’ve reflected on what I and others may need in moving from our mid-sixties towards our mid-seventies, I came up with three main areas, which form the three main sections of the book:
- Finding the Gifts: because it helps to start with a focus on all the resources and upsides we have.
- Digging the Challenges: positive, practical ways to work through such issues as handling loss, health problems and solitude.
- Fresh Maps: a range of ways to view a situation differently as we move through this major watershed.
For an outline of the book and chapter topics, click here. I’ve realised that I have a lot of material to draw on for this book: including workshops I’ve co-led on creative ageing for men and women at Findhorn, alternatives and elsewhere, and my second book, Out Of The Woods; A Guide To Life For Men Beyond 50, which has a lot of useful material for both men and women. In addition, I’ve asked a number of my contacts to write about their experiences of approaching or turning 70, and these will be included in the book.