Jew­ish Wis­dom for Grow­ing Older

Dayle A. Friedman
  • Review
By – August 3, 2015

Grow­ing old­er is a chal­lenge, espe­cial­ly for those of us who live in a youth-ori­ent­ed cul­ture. As this book points out, as we age, we face loss­es: los­ing a job, los­ing loved ones, fac­ing health chal­lenges, and the real­i­ties of finan­cial crises. What we often fail to do as we grow old­er is to take stock of the expe­ri­ence and wis­dom that the years we have lived enable us to give to oth­ers in turn. By the same token, younger gen­er­a­tions often fail to take advan­tage of the oppor­tu­ni­ties to learn from the wis­dom of the old­er gen­er­a­tion. Rab­bi Fried­man fills her book with her own learn­ings from a career work­ing with aging adults. This book is infused with a spir­i­tu­al approach to look­ing at aging, whether the read­er is an old­er adult or a prac­ti­tion­er whose work includes work­ing with aging adults. Through­out the book, the author sug­gests cre­ative exer­cis­es and prac­tices to help us to appre­ci­ate this stage in the human life jour­ney. She writes with great sen­si­tiv­i­ty and insight. High­ly rec­om­mend­ed for any­one 55 and up and for pro­fes­sion­als whose work brings them into con­tact with old­er adults. Appen­dix, notes, sug­gest­ed fur­ther readings.

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Rab­bi Arnold D. Sam­lan is a Jew­ish edu­ca­tor and rab­bi liv­ing in Mia­mi, Flori­da. He serves as exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Orloff Cen­tral Agency for Jew­ish Edu­ca­tion of Broward County.

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