Living your senior years with passion and purpose is the theme of a new book by a Charlotte physician. “Much Abides – A Survival Guide for Aging Lives” by Dr. Chuck Edwards takes its inspiration from the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson: “Tho’ much is taken, much abides.”
Dr. Edwards founded Memory & Movement Charlotte, a nonprofit medical practice for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other forms of dementia. The book springs from his work with the elderly, and a commitment to helping them see their later years not as a challenge but an opportunity.
Equal parts memoir, science, inspiration and how-to, Dr. Edwards considers the importance of social interaction, exercise and proper medication to physical, mental and spiritual health. He encourages seniors to address hearing loss and sleep apnea, be willing to accept help when it is needed, and to quit worrying about technology. Let the grandchildren help! He also addresses the impact of COVID-19 and how it has reminded us of the importance of staying connected with family, friends and neighbors.
His focus is on helping seniors seize the moment: Find a new hobby or revisit an old one. Take a course that sparks your curiosity. Reconcile with an old friend. Understand that if you take care of yourself, the years ahead can be as fulfilling as the years behind you.
“The last chapter,” Dr. Edwards reflects, “is ours to write.”
Sales from “Much Abides – A Survival Guide for Aging Lives” support the nonprofit Memory & Movement Charlotte. Order the paperback at www.mmclt.org, were you can also learn more about Memory & Movement Charlotte. You can also call (704) 577-3186 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.