Profiles of Seniors
Photos of Senior Spirit
Dona L. Irvin
Yes! There's fulfillment after middle age. A self-confident octogenarian African-American assures her age-mates of all races and ethnicities of contentment yet to come.
The title of this book repeats compliments to the author and her chronological mates from younger women who recognize something in their presence that engenders consideration of a gratifying existence beyond middle age. The chapters describe Dona Irvin's journey from childhood to older age, facing individual milestones that improved every stage of development, and her victories over low esteem through a long marriage, sustained friendships, a successful career, and a comforting spiritual foundation. The author explores her attitudes about evolving personal and societal conditions, spirituality, sexuality, and the uncertainties of the elder years. This book is the story of the continuing pleasures and the real challenges of life as an elder.
For more details on "I Hope I Look That Good When I'm That Old" see an article on the book and Dona Irvin by the Oakland Tribune.