THE BEST YEARS OF YOUR LIFE by

THE BEST YEARS OF YOUR LIFE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Dr. Bellak is a professor of psychiatry and both his title and his tone of voice do their best to assure you that they're still to come -- post 65 -- although after the first chapter which deals with your greater freedom ahead, it's hard to justify this from his major areas of concentration: new living arrangements whether in your children's home or a retirement home or a nursing home; ""prevalent special problems"" (anything from bed-sores to incontinence) to be followed considerably later on by a discussion of various dysfunctions of the body or disturbances of the psyche. Dr. Bellak deals with almost everything we have come to expect in a book like this -- from retirement to, ultimately, dying and death. Both the medical advice and the common sense is sound enough but the book, on a whole, is disorganized and even if a study has shown that there is ""no decrease in satisfaction as people grow older,"" there is nothing new here to lessen the cheerlessness of the prospects before us.

Pub Date: April 24th, 1975
Publisher: Atheneum