It’s challenging to find unique gifts for older women, whether she’s your mom, grandmother, client or someone else important to you.
Candles, lotions, perfumes, socks, etc. While nice, she’s received many over the years.
So what’s the alternative?
The answer is simple.
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Give her The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully. Highly reviewed, this insightful book is written by Joan Chittister and is one of my all-time favorite reads.
A common theme among reader reviews is: I wish I would have read this sooner.
Keep in mind, you can listen to the book for free using Audible (an Amazon company) with their 30-day free trial.
Joan’s a brilliant writer who helps readers explore truths surrounding aging.
She writes about what it feels like to be facing “that time” of life for which there is no career plan, and inspires those in their golden and twilight years to become more fully alive than ever.
Her writing is down-to-earth, well researched and ideal for any aging adult.
The Gift of Years is divided into short chapters, perfect for reading a chapter before bed or during lunch. The chapter titles are based on one-word themes, e.g., regret, meaning, fear, ageism, adjustment, relationships, success, wisdom, sadness, dreams, limitations, loneliness, forgiveness and more.
My Favorite Quote by Joan
More Quotes by Joan
~ It is time for us to let go of both our fantasies of eternal youth and our fears of getting older, and to find the beauty of what it means to age well. It is time to understand that the last phase of life is not non-life; it is a new stage of life.
~ But perhaps the most important dimension of aging well lies in the awareness that there is a purpose to aging. There is a reason for old age, whatever our state of life, whatever our social resources. There is intention built into every stage of life, no less this one than any other.
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Who else would enjoy this book?
The Gift of Years isn’t just a great birthday gift for a 70-year-old woman, it’s perfect for any aging adult—man or woman. It’s also ideal for anyone who wants to understand those older than themselves, such as aging parents or a financial advisor seeking to grow their business by understanding how their aging clients are feeling.
Candidly, it should be required reading for anyone over age 40. They’ll feel so much more empowered and informed after reading this book.
How many candles or picture frames does a 70-year-old woman need?
Instead, give her The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully. (I give it 5 stars and will read it a second time, maybe annually!)
“Old age has a role to play in the development of the world around us. We do not live all these later years simply not to die. We live in order to make life better—both for ourselves and for others.” – Joan Chittister
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