By Michael J. Lowis

it's a privilege to be invited to commend Mike Lowis’ publication growing old Disgracefully, with Grace, considering in it he's addressing an issue of important value as extra people stay longer. what's extra, as size of days raises a majority can watch for more desirable ‘healthy existence expectancy,’ wherein we're much less prone to be debilitated by means of persistent degenerative illnesses as early as our forebears have been, and can kind of count on so one can take pleasure in many facets of existence very totally into ripe outdated age. The down aspect to this worldwide raise in fit lifestyles expectancy is that many must paintings longer ahead of taking advantage of pension rights. yet, via an identical token, society is having to reconsider the contribution its older electorate can and may make, and will now not assign those that nonetheless have a lot to provide to the scrap heap of previous age.

This ebook celebrates those positive factors of growing old in a manner that accords with my very own philosophy. As an Occupational healthcare professional it's been my function to allow operating humans to maximise their power within the paintings position. from time to time, even if, the healing function has been to advertise a fit work-life stability. As individuals are requested to paintings longer, they should enhance a mature method of attaining this sort of stability and conserving their future health and health into retirement. Dr. Lowis presents facts approximately how leisure task might help during this strategy and, as a choral singer, I wholeheartedly recommend his emphasis at the crucial and common position of music.

Many people who i've got met who've come via most likely life-limiting disorder undertake a truly diverse viewpoint on lifestyles, and concentration even more on what issues really count to them. In his attention of biblical instructing and the function of non secular religion, Dr. Lowis touches at the event of individuals of religion that there's extra to existence than the relentless pursuit of materialistic present, and during this regard, they percentage a lot in universal with those that have survived severe affliction or damage. i do know from paintings as a Christian Lay Minister that, even if looking success during this existence or the subsequent, religion groups have greatly to supply, and the older individual can either carry collected knowledge and draw inestimable presents akin to companionship from such teams. here's grace indeed!

I couldn't finish with no concurring with Dr. Lowis’ fit method of the function of humor. As we grow old and progressively lose our schools, it is going to aid us if we will be able to snicker at our turning out to be infirmities, and so placed these round us at their ease.
Dr. Lowis makes first-class use of his event as a scientist, psychologist, musician and theologian in developing this publication. yet maybe greater than anything he brings a existence packed with various studies and knowledge to endure, and his growing to be record of courses should still supply encouragement to someone looking new demanding situations and achievement later in life.

I lately went to a highway reasonable the place there have been a few rather frightening rides. i used to be a bit of angry at one signal, which forbade those who have been pregnant or being affected by middle sickness – or have been simply “old” – from sitting astride a “bucking bronco.” I challenged the attendant to outline “old.” He took one examine me and stated, I belief jokingly, “like you!”; yet i couldn't aid considering that, whilst he stated it, he was once reflecting that, if I had made up our minds to take a chance with my dodgy vestibular equipment and excitable middle and insisted on mounting the experience, he couldn't fairly were justified in preventing me!

Dr. David Major
Specialist Occupational healthcare professional and authorized Lay Reader

12th November 2015

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