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Friday, September 18, 2015

BOOK SPOTLIGHT & REVIEW: How to Prepare for Old Age (without taking the fun out of life) By Bernard S. Otis

How to Prepare for Old Age
(without taking the fun out of life)
By Bernard S. Otis
Genre: Nonfiction

In this touching, often humorous and very personal account, Bernie shares his 86 years of life, love, less and laughter as an inspirational guide to what it means to age without growing old. His advice on love after 60, how to talk  with family members about illness what you should be prepared for when confronting tragedy and loss, what it means to be a caregiver to a loved one and many other of life’s challenges are a must for family members young and old. 

Mr. Otis’s book is a treasure trove of personal and professional life experiences that will help you prepare for old age and take control of the nature of aging. Be prepared to laugh out loud and quietly shed a tear as Bernie takes you through the voyage of life.

My Review

The first thing I’m going to say is don’t let the title of this book dissuade you from reading it! Bernard ‘Bernie’ Otis’ magnum opus How to Prepare for Old Age (without taking the fun out of life) is a book full of sharp wit, brilliant anecdotes, deep and lasting tragedy, hope, and solid life lessons appropriate for all ages. Told by a man who has spent 85 spectacular years experiencing life and now freely and selflessly sharing his thoughts (and most private moments) with anyone willing to set down and read. I’m 52 years old and feel that I know a few things at this late hour, but Bernie has helped me to further embrace this human experience I’m living, and taught me some new things about what to appreciate and love, and what to let go of. I give this book my very highest recommendation, and encourage young people to read it! And I promise it won’t be a dusty or dull read. At all. Five stars.

Author Bio

Bernard S. (Bernie) Otis is a delightful and well known speaker, writer and community leader who has made his 65-year career in the food service facility planning, marketing, management, sales and consulting industries. His life’s work has included service to many hotels and restaurants in Southern California, Santa Clarita, San Diego, Las Vegas and New York City among others. He has been instrumental in serving several top companies such as Hewlett Packard and Disneyland as well as major hospitals, universities and restaurants around the country. His community involvement includes work with the National Indian Gaming Association and the Rotary Club (where he has been a member since 1954 and a Paul Harris Fellow.) After his wife’s death in 2012, Bernie, a trained Hospice care giver, began working with families of terminally-ill patients.

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