Thursday, October 1, 2015

REVIEW: How to Prepare for Old Age

How to Prepare for Old Age:
Without Taking the Fun Out of It
By: Bernard S. Otis

Genre: Personal Health, Aging, Eldercare
Publisher: Incorgnito Publishing Press
Publication date: 5.28.2015
Pages: 194

Recommended by: Sage's Blog Tours, Read 2 Review
Date read: 9.30.2015

This is book is something else.  Not only does it give some really great advice, which can be used yourself or with older family members, but it also is full of Bernie's special kind of humor, humor that I absolutely loved.  He had me laughing - and there were moments, like when he spoke about his wife, where I could really feel the love that he has for her.  
            He has a beautiful way of writing and telling a story, drawing me in and tugging at my heartstrings from the very beginning - his dedication page is probably one of the best dedication pages I have ever read.  He "broke the rules" to tell his readers about his beautiful wife, the person who led him to be what he is now, and the person who encouraged him to write this book - and it's the kind of love story that I wish to one day find myself.
            No matter how old you are, this is definitely a book to read - not only to help you be prepared for the things that will come in your future, but to help you with the way you look at things.  It definitely gave me a different perspective on the life I have in front of me.

About the book:
In this touching, often humorous and very personal account, Bernie shares his 86 years of life, love, less and laughter as an inspirational guide to what it means to age without growing old.  His advice on love after 60, how to talk with family members about illness, what you be prepared for when confronting tragedy and loss, what it means to be a caregiver to a loved one, and many other of life's challenges, are a must for family members young and old.
            Mr. Otis's book is a treasure trove of personal and professional life experiences that will help you prepare for old age and take control of the nature of aging.  Be prepared to laugh out loud and quietly shed a tear as Bernie takes you through the voyage of life.

About the author:
Bernard S. (Bernie) Otis is a delightful and well known speaker, writer and community leader who has made his 65-year career in the food service facility planning, marketing, management, sales and consulting industries.  His life's work has included service to many hotels and restaurants in Southern California, Santa Clarita, San Diego, Las Vegas and New York City among others.  He has been instrumental in serving several top companies, such as Hewlett Packard and Disneyland, as well as major hospitals, universities and restaurants around the country.  His community involvement includes work with the National Indian Gaming Association and the Rotary Club (where he has been a member since 1954 and a Paul Harris Fellow).  After his wife's death in 2012, Bernie, a trained Hospice caregiver, began working with families of terminally-ill patients.

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