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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.