If you want to make your retirement the best part of your life, read this book. Wilkes has woven psychology, philosophy, and poetry into a page-turner you will not want to put down. I read it in one sitting.
C.M., O.B.C., Roslyn Kunin and Associates, Inc.
Whether you are contemplating retirement or well-established in the business of living your senior years, this literary adventure will nudge you to laugh at yourself, challenge yourself, and discover both encouragement and inspiration.
Professor, School of Nursing and Associate Dean, Faculty of Applied Science, University of British Columbia.
Wilkes’ book stands out among a plethora of books on this topic. It is original, beautifully written and avoids the usual sentimental guff about the wonders of – to use that dreadful phrase – the “Golden Years.” It is not only a guide to living a good and purposeful life for elders, but for people of any age.
Author, The Midwife of Venice, The Harem Midwife, A Trial in Venice.
Wilkes brings core concepts alive with deeply moving stories and examples from the life of a woman who clearly understands and embodies the challenges of growing into true elderhood. I felt like I was personally engaging with a shining model of the kind of elder I aspire to grow into.
Director, Center for Conscious Eldering
A must-read for elders who have the richness of decades of experience and new found freedom to explore their lives with hope, curiosity, and positive thinking. A most important book for the ages!
Founder and Facilitator, The Wisdom of Elderhood
Don’t wait until retirement to read this! Walk the path of life-review with author Helen Wilkes. Let her simple prose draw you in. Through her personal stories, you’ll learn the psychology, philosophy, and spirituality you need to confront your worries and find your purpose.
Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan-Kaplan
Director, Inter-Religious Studies, Vancouver School of Theology
In this inspiring work, Wilkes wastes no time raging against the dying of the light, showing instead that the light of mind and soul can shine ever more brightly even as our bodies grow old. The Aging of Aquarius is both an intimate personal account and a call to enlivenment and action for an entire generation.
Gabor Maté M.D.
Author, When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress