Book Review: How to Prepare for Old Age (Without Taking the Fun Out of Life) by Bernard S. Otis

old age bannerOld AgeFront CoverTitle:  How to Prepare for Old Age (Without Taking the Fun Out of Life) by Bernard S. Otis
Genre:  Nonfiction
Publisher: Incorgnito Publishing Press
Length: 187 pages
Format: Epub
Publication Date: May 28, 2015
Rating – 5/5

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.


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for How to Prepare for Old Age (Without Taking the Fun Out of It) by Bernard S. Otis. I received this book in exchange for an honest review so I would like to thank the author,  publisher, and Sage’s Blog Tours for giving me that opportunity.

This book is a work of nonfiction that at times reads like a memoir and at times like an inspirational or instructional manual to life. I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this book but I was definitely very curious. My reading of this book actually came at what I would consider to be just the right time for me. Having just turned 29 I have lately found myself looking back at how fast the first 29 years of my life passed and that has had me looking forward to the next 29 years in trepidation. I needed to read this book or one like it. The book is peppered with advice that is sound and inspirational and rooted in the wisdom gained from the author’s life experience in living life to the fullest, dealing with the loss of a loved one and much more. This book really made me think and reflect on whether or not I am well prepared for various scenarios or possibilities that may present themselves in time. The truth is that no one knows what will happen tomorrow and this book reminded me of that and the importance of being prepared for such things in order to be able to live my life to its fullest and allow the others around me to as well. I also can definitely see myself referring to this book in the future to make use of the lists included and to remind myself of not only what’s important in life but the steps I need to take as I get older.

I am giving this book a five star rating as I found it to be a highly valuable and informative read that was also rather enjoyable and fun to read even in light of the more serious sections of the narrative. I love the personal touches in the narrative and I also loved the quotations and jokes. Everything comes together to create a really unique informational and inspirational book which is something new for me but something I enjoyed. It will make you think and plan, worry and laugh. Definitely a unique experience and one that I recommend especially since the information stressed is so important.  Honestly, this should be required reading as it is advice for everyone.

Happy reading everyone!

author photoAbout the Author

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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