Lynne Dorling, MCIPD and positive psychology coach, has spent the last couple of years researching the topic of ‘positive ageing’. In Ageing Rewired, she shares findings from her own research, coaching case studies and highlights from selected secondary research on this topic. The demographic age shift has been well documented and for the first time ever in the UK, there are more people aged 60 and over than there are aged 19 and below. Whilst this obviously has huge implications for society, health systems and government, Lynne tackles the issue from an individual perspective encouraging people to take a more proactive approach to their own ageing process. Much of the existing advice for approaching later life focuses on the physical elements of ageing. Ageing Rewired tackles this subject from an emotional and psychological angle. There is some compelling evidence for the advantages of taking control of our own mind set to optimise our later years.
Lynne has identified 8 positive character traits which ‘super agers’ have in common and draws on her 20 years of coaching experience to illustrate these. The good news is that all of these traits can be developed. The book defines each characteristic, explains why it’s important and offers tips and techniques for enhancement. She challenges some of the negative stereotypes and assumptions around ageing, show casing real life pioneers who live and breathe the qualities we can all influence if we choose to do so. Lynne also sets the tone and engages the reader by sharing her own personal experiences of ageing.