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How to Prepare for Old Age

Today I’m happy to be part of a virtual blog tour for a little book packed with wisdom and insight. I will be sharing my review and give you a chance to throw your hat into the ring for a most generous giveaway from the author.


How to Prepare for Old Age
(without taking the fun out of life)
By Bernard S. Otis
Genre: Nonfiction
how to prepare for old age


In this touching, often humorous and very personal account, Bernie shares his 86 years of life, love, less and laughter as an inspirational guide to what it means to age without growing old. His advice on love after 60, how to talk with family members about illness what you should be prepared for when confronting tragedy and loss, what it means to be a caregiver to a loved one and many other of life’s challenges are a must for family members young and old.

Mr. Otis’s book is a treasure trove of personal and professional life experiences that will help you prepare for old age and take control of the nature of aging. Be prepared to laugh out loud and quietly shed a tear as Bernie takes you through the voyage of life.

The author

Bernard S. (Bernie) Otis is a delightful and well known speaker, writer and community leader who has made his 65-year career in the food service facility planning, marketing, management, sales and consulting industries. His life’s work has included service to many hotels and restaurants in Southern California, Santa Clarita, San Diego, Las Vegas and New York City among others. He has been instrumental in serving several top companies such as Hewlett Packard and Disneyland as well as major hospitals, universities and restaurants around the country. His community involvement includes work with the National Indian Gaming Association and the Rotary Club (where he has been a member since 1954 and a Paul Harris Fellow.) After his wife’s death in 2012, Bernie, a trained Hospice care giver, began working with families of terminally-ill patients.

Connect with Bernie on his blog, Facebook and Twitter.

My review

As someone who has just entered her 50s, and whose parents are approaching their 90s, this was just the book I needed to read.

Essentially, the book is a call to people to make it easier for themselves and their loved ones to be prepared emotionally and practically for old age. It’s a call to live life to the fullest and yet be prepared for the unexpected. This joke included in the book illustrates just that:

An eighty-year-old man is sitting on a bench in Central Park. It is five in the afternoon and he is crying. A young businesswoman on her way home from work comes up to him and asks him what was wrong and why he is crying.
He replies, “This is terrible. My first wife passed away one year ago today, and I remember I had such a hard time handling her affairs. Now I am married to a gorgeous blonde-haired, blue-eyed woman who takes very good care of me. She’s as young as you. She cooks me wonderful meals and takes me out to dinners, theatre, and everywhere. She keeps a clean house and we enjoy a beautiful physical relationship.”
The woman is surprised and says, “So why are you crying?”
He answers, “I cannot remember where I live.”

Written from the perspective of an 86 year old, the book made me laugh, cry and nod my head in agreement quite a few times. Filled with anecdotes the book also has a lot of practical wisdom. For example, the author has dedicated one chapter to questions and a checklist that is so useful for an older person’s family when s/he becomes ill and eventually passes away. These are questions about insurance, finances etc.

I would certain recommend this book to all of us starting our journey through midlife.  [rating=4]

The author is giving one lucky reader a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

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  1. Rena McDanielr Rena McDanielr September 16, 2015

    Sounds like a terrific book! I know what I’ll buy if I win the giveaway!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 17, 2015

      Good luck with the giveaway, Rena. I hope you win it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Mukulika Basu Mukulika Basu September 16, 2015

    Sounds like a wonderful read. I like how he has used anecdotes to talk about this subject. It makes it easier to relate this way. Thanks for sharing Corinne ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Alana Alana September 16, 2015

    I’ve had an incredible last couple of days – visiting the bedside of a 103 year old aunt of my husband’s and visiting the bedside of a long time friend who may be in the final stages of a 3 1/2 year battle with cancer. I’ve seen love in action in a way so personal that I do not feel I can blog about it right now. I’m interested in reading this book – I do need to do a lot more preparing for old age now that I am 62, a caregiver, and an eyewitness to some of what aging entails.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 16, 2015

      Thank you for sharing, Alana. Caregivers are so inspiring – you too, my friend.

  4. Laurie Laurie September 16, 2015

    As someone getting disturbingly close to 60, I could use all the help I can get. Thanks for the recommendation!

  5. Mary Hill Mary Hill September 16, 2015

    Hi, I love this review again. It is important to prepare like you say. I will have to share it on Facebook. Don’t forget this post is perfect for Literacy Musing Mondays:

    Please link up and try the giveaway. It is for PayPal cash or Amazon gift card. You don’t have to live in US. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Mary Hill Mary Hill September 16, 2015

    Great review. I am going to enter the giveaway. Plan to read everyone else’s blogs too. Mine is short and sweet today. Hope you enjoy. I will probably comment again later. Have to run now to get my daughter.

  7. Astrid Astrid September 15, 2015

    Definitely sounds like an interesting read. I’m only 29 but it’s never too early to prepare for old age.

  8. Laurel Regan Laurel Regan September 15, 2015

    I love the book’s subtitle! Thanks for the review – sounds like a good one.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 15, 2015

      Yes, it’s a delightful book despite the serious subject, Laurel.

  9. LuAnn Braley LuAnn Braley September 15, 2015

    I wish this book would have been around when my brother was taking care of our mother in her waning years. Well, I’ll just be glad it is around now, because my in-laws are getting to that age where there are fewer years ahead of them than behind.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 15, 2015

      Care giving is tough, LuAnn. Somehow we’re never prepared enough for aging or looking after the elderly. I think this book gives insights to both.

  10. Haralee Haralee September 15, 2015

    This sounds like a must read for all of us with living parents or older siblings as we age!

  11. Leanne Leanne September 15, 2015

    getting older and watching our parents age is quite scary – this book sounds like it takes some of the worry out of the process – which can only be a good thing!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 15, 2015

      It is scary, Leanne. I like the fact that it was written by an older person, for a better perspective.

  12. nabanita nabanita September 15, 2015

    Looks like a good book and something that can be read and even shared with parents…Thanks for this Corinne…

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 15, 2015

      That’s right, Naba. It would be good for your parents.

  13. Mahathi Ramya Mahathi Ramya September 15, 2015

    Looks interesting.. I will add it to my wishlist. Liked the excerpt that you shared from the book.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 15, 2015

      If you have aging parents it might be a good book for them to read, Mahathi.

  14. vidzworld vidzworld September 15, 2015

    Sounds like a lovely book! I’d love to read it, considering I am reaching a milestone soon! Thanks for sharing the title!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 15, 2015

      It is a lovely book and what milestone is that, Vidya? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • vidzworld vidzworld September 15, 2015

        A big one ๐Ÿ™‚

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