Aging Gratefully

Non-Fiction - Humor/Comedy
100 Pages
Reviewed on 05/10/2012
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Author Biography

I grew up in Green Island, NY. The emerald isle of the capital region. Green Island was a small factory town. I dropped out of college in 1973 and have worked as a garbage collector, on a factory assembly line, as a warehouseman for 18 years until spinal surgery put an end to that, a job coach for people with disabilities, a groundsman/maintainance man at an Irish pub and a housekeeper in a nursing home, where I am still currently working by the grace of God, but our future there does not look good. I am also a writer.
I have always been a fan of humor writers such as Woody Allen, Dave Barry, Douglas Adams and Carl Hiaasen. I have now written 3 books - The Hamster Never Sleeps, Fleeting Thoughts and Aging Gratefully. I occasionaly contribute material for and still live in upstate NY with my wife and 3 dogs.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

"Aging Gratefully" by Michael McGan is a humorous look at aging. The average age expectancy is 78 which makes 39 the middle age. I am just curious why people insist on referring to 50 as middle age. Does it make a person feel younger? I never minded getting older until I had my 57th birthday. My husband keeps reminding me that we have about 20 years left. He thinks it is a funny joke; I don’t.

McGan points out the latest classes for the “aging.” Yes, there are so many of us now that we are the majority, so educators are creating classes they think we will be interested in. There are classes based on Zen, Chakras, and maybe a little Chardonnay. He also discusses Over The Hill Parties. Thankfully my family was bright enough to know NOT to throw one on those. However, I broke the news to them this as this year is my Golden birthday (12-12-12); I expect a real party, a big go all out party. My husband laughed. Nothing is off base for McGan; in his book :"ging Gratefully" he covers a broad range of topics. In one section he discusses Magicians. Frankly, I have never cared for Magicians. He also touches on Raggedy Ann Dolls, pets, and vehicles. "Aging Gratefully" is a humorous read. But more than that, it is a book that will make the readers ponder their future and their past. I think that was my favorite part, looking back at the unfashionable clothes stored away in my closet knowing that they would either become fashionable again or I would wear them not caring whether they are fashionable or not. McGan’s book is well-organized. This is not an in your face funny book; it is subtle humor and frankly the under 50 crowd may never understand it. I like your book, Mr McGan.

Aging Gratefully

"Plenty of books cover aging, from medical concerns to how to handle changes over the decades. Few add a sense of humor to the mix, which helps AGING GRACEFULLY stand out and lends it an attractive, easily-digested format perfect for readers who want an appealing take on aging.

AGING GRACEFULLY considers the differing perspectives between middle-aged and older-aged adults, analyzing changing goals, perceptions and experiences and uses a first-person analysis of cultural changes to add life and zest to observations of trends and transition points: "She just laughed and asked me if we had malls. I said that we didn’t. She asked if we had videos. I said that we didn’t. She asked if we had TVs. I said yes, we did. “What? Do you think I lived in the Stone Age?” I didn’t tell her that the picture was in black and white and we only had three channels. That would probably freak her out."

Humor shines throughout AGING GRACEFULLY's experiential coverage, identifying what it means to 'age gracefully' and showing readers how aging differences can be cultivated to create appealing moments and choices of fun reflection over angst and sorrow.

From what's on TV and how it differs between generations to differing goals of different kinds of baby boomers and how to use new techniques to improve memory, handle hair loss, and embrace the entire aging process with goodwill and humor, AGING GRACEFULLY holds a satisfying blend of practical applications and funny observations.

These are the heart of a title that doesn't just tell how to age gracefully, but captures it in poignant, always-fun observations and vignettes:

"Tissues are to old folks, what cigarettes are to people in prison, I guess. Put a box of tissues in the middle a table and within a minute there will be a fight over that tissue box, with frail, old people straining to reach it, to claim it, to possess it, tugging, cursing... It’s not a pretty sight."

The perspective is enlightening and Michael McGan's
Voice is captivating and fun: what's not to enjoy about aging?:

"The reality of old age will eventually rear its ugly head, but it can be whacked back down into its hole with the mallet of denial for quite some time. As long as you can keep swinging it. The mallet, that is. "

AGING GRACEFULLY should be a 'must' for any determined to enter into later years with a minimum of whining."

Diane Donovan, eBook Reviewer
Midwest Book Review