Older and Wiser! is the inspiring new sequel to Older and Happier!, Dag Sebastian Ahlander’s joyful guide to turning retirement into a time of self-exploration. For many men, the years after sixty-five become the best of their lives—and with good reason. The office is left behind, the children have grown up, and you’re healthy, alert, and free to do what you want. Still, as with any big life change, you may be looking for some words of advice and hope.
Older and Wiser! reflects on the big things in life and the little ones, and contains practical suggestions as well as reflections on aging from the world’s greatest philosophers, writers, and thinkers. With thoughts like “You’re too old to die young,” “You’ve retired from your job, not from life,” and “Be careful when you spend more time at the pharmacy than at the wine store,” Mr. Ahlander guides older gentlemen along the golden years of retirement.
Baby Boomers are again defining a new age group, just as they once invented the modern understanding of the teenager. Now, they’re proving to the world that old age will have to wait. This is your time now—to accomplish what you’ve always dreamed of, to do the things you like best. Live as you want to be remembered and enjoy the journey.
There's sympathy beneath the scathing wit in this hilarious survival manual for Baby Boomers. Revealing the rust beneath the mythic "Golden Years," Ahlander's rowdy sequel to Older and Happier (published earlier this year) is a literary boot camp for seniors facing financial, familial, and social pressures in a rapidly changing world. The Swedish author's personable approach translates easily to American dilemmas. Ahalander is a bar-side guru: she recommends profoundly simple keep self-expectations in the form of "109 Thoughts for the Continuing Journey." Urging positive daily action in "Don't Let Life Become One Long Wait," this self-help crash course is mostly lighthearted with hard lessons on investing, managing savings, and simply enjoying one's money. Challenges of familial relations, excess time, and the fear of pain and illness are treated with dignity and affable self-mockery. The subchapter "Most of It Is Crap" emphasizes the no-nonsense homespun approach not only to surviving but also to enjoying retirement. He examines the economic, cultural, and spiritual challenges that arrive to seniors more regularly than social security checks with quick pace, crisp prose, and sheer gusto. Ahlander provides much needed preventative medicine for the dazed and disillusioned.