How to Have a Healthy and Happy Old Age -Book Recommendations

The Port at Hydra
By Herbert Ortner, Vienna, Austria - own image, scan from a slide, CC-BY 3.0

Sod 70! was recommended to me by my sister when I hit my 70th birthday. Although she herself is several years away from this momentous day interest in the book had been roused because she had worked with the author many years ago. He had gone on to become the Director of Public Health for England, and has, like me, now passed the seventy years milestone. So, from my point of view, there was clearly some merit in what he had to say on the subject.

A practical guide, with an emphasis on what Sir Muir describes as 'closing the fitness gap'. This man know what he is talking about -  he is one of England's most senior medical figures. His book is an engaging and easily readable little guide with lots of cartoon images. It has become a reference source for me, and I have given copies as birthday gifts to couple of friends.

This travelogue takes a more philosophical approach, distinguishing between early old age and late old age. The author, an American, went to Harvard College, where he was awarded a B.A. in philosophy. He had a brief career in television comedy before concentrating on writing in several genres, including humorous philosophy. In later life, contemplating how best to spend his remaining years, Klein took a sentimental journey back to the Greek island of Hydra to study how and why the local old men appear to be so contented. The book links his observations to the philosophical writings of Epicurus. His message, in summary, seems to be to go with the flow, accept the inevitable and have a relaxed time. And definitely, don't opt for teeth implants!