The Art of Ageing

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Ageing remains a natural part of life, and it is precisely the impermanence of life that renders it so precious. Knowing that it is brief requires an appreciation of each moment of beauty and wasting no opportunity for learning and love. The Art of Ageing has been written to help achieve these ends. Some people may experience bad health, unhappiness, and grief, but for many their later years can be amongst the happiest they have known—years that provide unequaled opportunities for creative growth enriched by mature relationships with children, grandchildren, spouse or partner, and beloved friends. The shallowness of inexperience can be replaced by a depth of understanding and complexity of being; and restless speed with the serenity of untroubled leisure. Now there is time for experiment and creativity, time for exploring potentials, time to live in accordance with dreams, and time to be ourselves. The Art of Ageing gives advice on how to make the most of ageing, how we can celebrate its positive gifts, and includes the stories of a variety of people who have enjoyed creative and productive lives well into their 80s and 90s.


John Lane is a painter, writer, and educator. He is a former chairman of the Dartington Hall Trust, founding director of the Beaford Arts Centre, and was instrumental in the creation of Schumacher College. His previous books include The Living Tree: Art and the Sacred, The Spirit of Silence: Making Space for Creativity, Timeless Beauty in the Arts and Everyday Life, and Timeless Simplicity: Creative Living in a Consumer Society.


“A gentle, inspirational guide on how to make the most of advancing years.”  —Yoga and Health magazine

"John Lane's The Art of Ageing is for those of us who are old and those of you who are moving towards us who are old. His book is amusing, honest, informative and full of good things."  —David Cadman, Resurgence magazine