Only the Lucky Grow Old

Reflections on Life from Those Over Ninety

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
452 Pages
Reviewed on 09/26/2020
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Author Biography

I have been a Physical Therapist for 32 years and love what I do. I have always enjoyed working with the elderly and love the stories they share about their lives. I had a fleeting thought one day about how neat it would be to have their stories recorded, but initially ignored it.
I have always enjoyed creative writing, but never had any desire to be an author...until about 2 years ago. The thought about creating a book out of the stories shared became something I found myself thinking more about. So much so that I finally made the decision to undertake the task of writing this book. One day I was sitting reading the Sunday paper and the man who would become my first interview was featured in an article. I found the article fascinating. I said to myself should I begin the project, he would be someone I would like to speak with.
I have learned much in my years as a therapist regarding arthritis and aging, and share some of that with you. It is written with sincerity and heart, and is meant to make you think and reflect, but also provide a sense of appreciation.
I am not an avid reader myself, but love the art of baking, and gardening. I consider myself an avid conversationalist-interpret that how you would like :)
I believe in living a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise being essential, as well as the grounding that spirituality provides.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Only the Lucky Grow Old: Reflections on Life on From Those Over Ninety: A Physical Therapist's Views on Aging by Kristine Fontaine is a fabulous book that celebrates aging. It is not only about that but also shares personal stories about their lives, their faith, and their experiences which are heartwarming to readers. Every story has its own charm and readers will smile as they read about these nonagenarians. The book reaches out to readers who are dealing with dysfunctional types of illnesses or disabilities and those involved in caring for these individuals. There are many stories projecting their hardships, disappointments, pain, sufferings, and tragedies, but the author chooses to share stories of their courage, perseverance, strength, and resilience which makes this book inspiring, encouraging, and positive.

Kristine Fontaine's experiences as a Physical Therapist for thirty-two years shows in the manner in which the stories are presented and gives excellent insights on the importance of treating these nonagenarians like any other normal person and making them feel valued. Only the Lucky Grow Old gives readers an outlook on how the elderly in the family should be allowed to maintain their independence and lifestyle as they navigate their 'Golden Years' by asking their doctor to refer them to physical therapy so that they can be helped. Their personalities can also be judged from the stories and give an important message to readers not to take their elders for granted but to give them the respect and dignity they deserve.