About my book
I’m not sure, I think it was in my late forties that I started noticing old people. My parents were in their mid-70s, some of my friends’ parents were even older. They were getting old. And I didn’t like what I saw. Slowly words like unkempt, insecure, dilapidated, isolated, resignation, dreariness, were entering my thoughts more and more frequently.
I realized it wasn’t their fault, old age had stealthily overcome them. It grew on them. It was a slow, unnoticeable transition. And it was too late. They had no one to warn them, no instructions, no old-age manual.
Not me! I was not going to succumb unawares.
I started writing myself, actually my future self, pointers, instructions, reminders. At some point I started calling them my 10 commandments for old age. And that’s the way it stayed, for many years, till I had another brilliant idea: I would turn my commandments into a book.
#1 STAY SELF CONFIDENT, IN EVERYTHING!
#2 HAVE THINGS THAT YOU "HAVE" TO DO, EVERY DAY!
#3 GO OUT FOR A 30 MINUTE WALK 5 TIMES A WEEK, TILL THE DAY YOU DIE!
#4 PROPER GROOMING IS ESSENTIAL, REMEMBER YOU CAN'T SEE WELL!
#4b DON’T DRESS COMFORTABLY, DRESS WELL!
#5 STAY SOCIAL!
#6 DON'T MAKE-DO WITH THINGS AS THEY ARE!
#7 BE FLEXIBLE, ADAPT YOURSELF TO CHANGE!
#8 STAY INTERESTED!
#9 HAVE SOMEONE OR OTHER TO HUG!
#10 HAVE COMMITMENTS, PREFERABLY TO OTHER PEOPLE!