While society may superficially value successful ageing, there is a lack of help when it comes to its achievement. There are few structures in place, for example, to retain older talent in the workforce. Experience isn’t valued and a cycle of mistakes is repeated by each generation that fails to listen to and value experience in many areas of human endeavour. It is a lose-lose situation for the individual and for society at large. Many older people lower their personal expectations of life in accordance with society’s expectations and it is little wonder that many experience depression and other forms of mental illness.
Doctor Declan Lyons has trained in the Human Givens set of organising ideas around the genesis of emotional and psychological distress. Mindcrafting: How to Mentor Your Ageing Mind applies the principles to older people and publicises their benefit and utility to a wide audience. It requires a personal proactive approach and collective mindset shift to reap the dividend of life experience by maintaining engagement in as many aspects of life as possible, mindful of key emotional needs that have to be met healthily and in balance.
‘Dr Lyons notes that “A rich legacy is available to us when we gracefully accept the wisdom, maturity and mellowing that goes with old age.”
His book is a timely and worthwhile guide to help us do exactly that!’
Dr Claire Hayes, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and author of Finding Hope in the Age of Anxiety.
‘Written by an experienced specialist - it is timely, Empathetic and an estremely important book for our time’. Dr Harry Barry - GP and author of Embracing Change