Getting Old (GR)

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Getting Old  (GR)

Harlan Carl Scheffler, 92, takes a humorous look at what it is like to get old, then older, and move into a care facility.He reflects on what happens to us as we face idle times and experience the need for special care. And hewonders, ‘What happens next? Is life immortal?’

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What is it like to get old, then older, and move into a nursing home or care facility?What is happening to us as we face idle times and experience the need for special and determinate care?What happens next? Is life immortal?

Although much has been written about the aging process, little has been written by one who is actually experiencing the process of dying.These questions are answered by the 92-year-oldHarlan Carl Scheffler, who reflected on them in two essays written just before he passed away in April 2014.

In his first essay Schefflertakes a humorous look at the interval between becoming aged and dying, a time, he says, that can be most rewarding. It is time when we can review our own lives and can learn what others have experienced through their span of years – and it can be most enjoyable and enlightening to family and friends.

His second essay examines the evidence for life’s immortality; it is treated as the natural adjunct, the extension and expansion of the initial phase of our lives, not the end. Surprisingly, he discovers that employing the light shed by today’s technologies, we are assured that death truly is impossible.

72 pages

203 x 127 mm ( 8 x 5 ins)

Soft cover

George Ronald, Oxford