Why Did I Come into This Room? is a funny “What to Expect When You're Expecting” for the aging woman.
“I’m too old for Snapchat, but too young for Life Alert.”
In her most candid and revealing book yet, acclaimed broadcast journalist and Baby Boomer Joan Lunden delves into the various phases of aging that leave many feeling uncomfortable, confused, and on edge. In her hilarious book, Lunden takes the dull and depressing out of aging, replacing it with wit and humor. After all, laughing is better than crying—unless it makes you pee! Whether you’re in your 40s, 50s, 60s, or more, this book is full of helpful information to embrace—or at least prepare—for the inevitable.
Funny, captivating, and raw, no topic is off limits. Lunden goes where others fear, openly talking about wrinkles (though it’s not just about wrinkles), age spots (which Lunden insists are sunspots), expanding waistlines (no, your jeans didn’t shrink), diminished energy (my “get up and go” got up and went), weak pelvic floors (don’t make me laugh), hot flashes (they suck), disrupted sleep (Lunden is an expert on this one!), changes in sex drive (oh yeah, she goes there), ageism (it exists and it pisses us off), and, yes, the real reasons we suddenly find ourselves always searching for those car keys!
Through her poignant and often hilarious personal experiences, Lunden candidly shares her anxieties, breakthroughs, and how she’s coping with the realities of aging. She’s talking about the good, the bad, and the ugly, opening the door to elevate the conversation on topics often considered taboo. Why Did I Come into This Room? also explores the science of aging, including how it affects the body and brain, while dispelling myths and revealing useful options to stave off the aging process for as long as possible.
Why Did I Come into This Room? goes beyond the physical aspects of aging by closely examining the mental and emotional minefields that come with our advancing years. Lunden explores the value of asking ourselves important questions such as, Am I still relevant? Do I have meaningful friendships? Am I leaving a meaningful legacy? Lunden explores the freedom in “letting go,” the importance of managing stress, and how joy and a sense of purpose all play an impactful role to slow down the aging process.
In a society where youth is revered and aging feared, Why Did I Come into This Room? is the long-awaited tell-it-like-it-is guide for women of all ages. As Lunden says, “Aging ain’t for sissies…you better be prepared.”