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The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty by Francine Toder Ph.D. is an eBook edition of the hardcover book with some engaging new material. Divided into three easy to follow parts, this detailed book is a journey of heart, soul and mind into the creative arts. Peppered with stories of exploration, real people reinvent themselves in their golden years, where passion and fulfillment help them remain active and healthy. Toder explores the physiology of the human brain and how the stress of learning new things stimulates neurotransmitter connections. Retirement age is the perfect time to take up the arts and the wisdom of experience fuels creativity. Throughout the book are practical examples of different artistic endeavors, such as creative writing, music, dance and theater. A handy decision tree looks at the pros and cons of retiring and isolates possible artistic activities. There are handy questions to use as a tool for tapping into creativity and a list of resources for seniors. Research has proven that people over sixty years of age show less mental decline when active in the arts.
Every day we march one step closer to the end of our journey on Earth. Francine Toder Ph.D. in The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty offers hope and motivation for people retiring after a long career to find new meaning and joy in life. She inspires those who always had a dream, but never had the time to pursue it to meet their manifest destiny. As a college professor, clinical psychologist, cello aficionado and lung cancer survivor, her unique perspective is sure to entertain. A powerful read, meant to rouse the imagination.