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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Women, We're Only Old Once by Bertha D. Cooper is the ultimate self-help guide to growing old gracefully. In this wonderfully dynamic book, the author throws out all the cliched ideas about what it means to grow old, replacing it with commonsense, inspirational ones that will help any woman not only embrace her age but become passionate about it--not run from it. Society, culture, and the media have influenced our ways of thinking when it comes to aging, but Cooper's book is a refreshing wake-up call to what it really means to age. I like what she says early in the book, and that is that we don't start aging at 40, 50, or 60--we start aging the moment we're born, and how we deal or don't deal with it depends on many factors. Accepting it gracefully and making the most of it seems to be the main thrust of the book, and is rounded out in a beautifully balanced way with sources, interviews, quotations, and more.
This isn't a book to make you feel down, it's actually very uplifting and validating. Besides the positive side, Cooper also delves into the harder parts of getting older--rites of passage we all go through if we're fortunate enough to live that long, like losing loved ones, how to deal with changes in body and mind, and illness, as well as what to do about the practical things in life, like preparations, paperwork, and important decisions. Women can be a tremendous support system for one another. Women, We're Only Old Once by Bertha D. Cooper should be your go-to resource for yourself or a friend if you want to make the most out of aging and make peace with it.