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.

Ten+1/2 commandments:

#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!

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