Linkletter's breezy, anecdotal style here sugarcoats a core of solid information about the pitfalls and options of old age. Linkletter particularly emphasizes the pros and cons of various choices as to housing, finances, health-and-medical plans and leisure-time activities. For example, radio news. caster and ardent skier Lowell Thomas (then 70, and nearly blind) introduces Linkletter (then in his 50s) to the sport, thus illustrating the importance of a zest for life and an active lifestyle. To demonstrate what can happen when an older person is denied ""the right to live independently,"" Linkletter cites the gradual decline of a once zesty woman who moved in with her daughter's family only to find herself cut off from friends, activities she enjoyed, and, because two grandchildren had allergies, even the companionship of her beloved cat. He also unveils various relatively unknown, as well as well-known, community and governmental programs available to the elderly. If, on the whole, Linkletter skims the surface of his various subjects (each of which already has a bookshelf of its own), he manages to highlight the most important items in a seemingly artless manner that makes his message accessible to most readers. A useful resource.