Dr. Gawande compares the social side of ageing in the East vs. the West and suggests that we need to treat old people like people, not just with a physical need for care but also an emotional need to remain attached and valued.
Sad that ‘we have no time left for a calm and reflective appreciation of our twilight years, no deliciously long afternoons sitting with friends or listening to music or musing about the story of our lives’, Klein explores an alternate life-style in the Greek island of Hydra.
A psychoanalyst offers how to finally, really grow up. Adults – even after marriage, job and kids – are still susceptible to emotional turmoil and mid-life crisis. Only in the second half of life, we can truly come to know who we are and create a life that has meaning.