What Are Old People For? How Elders Will Save the World draws from popular culture, history, science, and literature to create a strong vision for a future in which old age becomes a healing force in our society. Marked by a positive vision, spiritual hope, and prescriptive advice this award-winning book by Dr. Bill Thomas describes how our obsession with youth damages the well-being of all, young and old alike. It details how we can:
- Enjoy what aging has to offer us and actually welcome it into our lives;
- Abolish institutional approaches to care;
- Develop the capacity for peacemaking and wisdom giving that grows within older people; and
- Begin building a society where aging and longevity are used to improve life for people of all ages.
What Are Old People For is a first-place winner in the Trade Book Category for the American Medical Writers Association. It has also been the recipient of the “Consumer Health Book of the Year” award from the American Journal of Nursing.