True Joy for the Retired offers insight into the reality of the well-being of seniors with a focus on their mental and emotional health. Even with tremendous technological advances, elders are often marginalized, with younger generations failing to take advantage of their vast knowledge and experience. In her book, Kay posits a change in this paradigm: for society to allow the elderly to play a more active and productive role in communities and to make connections with them to learn from their wisdom.
As Kay points out, the elderly are treated much differently in other parts of the world. She shares ideas for groundbreaking programs that are aimed at not only supporting the elderly but also allowing the to make connections with younger people in their communities. She shares several personal stories of the elderly who have enriched her life and inspires others to reach out to those around them to benefit from their expertise and lifetimes of learning. Through these stories, she illustrates how necessary it is to show gratitude, love and appreciation for every generation.
According to the author, “Simply acknowledging and expressing these emotions between generations can erase the loneliness we encounter as we get older. I experienced firsthand why many older people can’t connect with young adults. We are all going to get older one day, so wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all look forward to joyfully sharing the waning years of life? My hope for a happy, respected, and connected old age for myself and for others is what inspired me to create this book. The telling of my own experiences with the grace and beauty of older people; I believe I owe it to them.”
For a limited time, visitors to Kay’s website can download a free copy of True Joy for the Retired, a $32 value. For more information, visit http://www.truejoyfortheretiredbook.com.
About Paulina Kay: Paulina Kay is an author and founder of Kay Consulting. She is an advocate for inclusion of the elderly in the community and support of everyone in old age.