Get­ting Good at Get­ting Older

Richard Siegel (z’l) and Rab­bi Lau­ra Geller

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January 1, 2013

Get­ting Good at Get­ting Old­er is a bed­side com­pan­ion, a portable best friend, and a baedek­er of essen­tial resources for any­one smart enough to age mind­ful­ly rather than just let it hap­pen to them. — Let­ty Cot­tin Pogre­binfound­ing edi­tor of Ms. mag­a­zine and author of Get­ting Over Get­ting Older

We trans­formed soci­ety in the 60’s and 70’s, through the civ­il rights move­ment, the evo­lu­tion of fem­i­nism, and the sex­u­al rev­o­lu­tion. We raised our voic­es, refused to sit down, and in the process, changed the way the world saw young people.

We aren’t young any­more. But we are still rev­o­lu­tion­ary. We are con­fronting and chal­leng­ing assump­tions about aging, by liv­ing longer, being more active than our par­ents and grand­par­ents, and sim­ply doing things dif­fer­ent­ly. And in the process, we are chang­ing the way the world sees old­er peo­ple.

Get­ting Good at Get­ting Old­er is a tour for all of us of a cer­tain age through the resources and skills we need to nav­i­gate the years between matu­ri­ty and old age. It brings humor, warmth, and more than 4,000 years of Jew­ish expe­ri­ence to the ques­tion of how to shape this new stage of life.

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