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Michael Gurian

Michael Gurian is a renowned marriage and family counselor and the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-six books published in twenty-one languages. The Gurian Institute, which he co-founded in 1996, conducts research internationally, launches pilot programs, and trains professionals. Michael has been called "the people's philosopher" for his ability to bring together people's ordinary lives and scientific ideas. He is a frequent keynote speaker and media expert and provides consulting to corporations, hospitals, schools, community agencies, social workers, and other professionals. Michael previously taught at Gonzaga University and Ankara University. He lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife, Gail, a family therapist. The couple has two grown daughters.

In his new book Michael Gurian offers a comprehensive look at the emotional, spiritual, and cognitive dimensions of life after fifty in "THE WONDER Of AGING". He sees our second half of life as an enormously fruitful, exciting, and fulfilling time.

Drawing on scientific research as well as anecdotes that respond to the needs of his many clients, he goes beyond the physical-centered view of aging and presents a new, holistic paradigm for embracing opportunities that come with life after fifty. The Wonder of Aging focuses on the physical, mental, relational, and spiritual aspects of aging, discussing topics such as sex, how men and women age differently, effects of aging on the brain, living with a sense of legacy and purpose, becoming an elder, and how to peacefully navigate the last chapter of life.

The book divides life after fifty into three stages:
The Age of Transformation, from our late forties to mid sixties
The Age of Distinction, from sixty-five to eighty
The Age of Completion, which involves completing one's life journey.

In addition, this essential guide provides meditations and exercises to help readers map out the aging process and case histories from Gurian's research and experience as a therapist. Written with Gurian's courageously optimistic outlook on life, The Wonder of Aging provides a full, constructive, and comforting roadmap to what to expect-and how to celebrate-the second half of your life.