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Entering the Age of Elegance

A Review

Chloe Jon Paul

Travel through your “rite of passage” into the “age of elegance” with Chloe Jon Paul as your guide. Entering the Age of Elegance, written in the format of a travel guide, presents a detailed itinerary and plenty of guidance for a well planned journey.  Jon Paul discusses every conceivable aspect of aging, some you may have already addressed and others you may never have thought to consider.There is something for everyone interested in handling the aging process with intention and purpose in order to arrive at what Jon Paul views as the destination, becoming an “elegant woman”.

Chole Jon Paul’s vision of the elegant aging woman is an appealing one, matching well the sensibilities of the modern sixty something woman. The “elegant woman” is confident, demure, and in charge-of-herself, like Maya Angelou, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Meryl Streep.  While the forty or fifty something modern woman might find herself a bit out of step with Jon Paul’s dipiction, Entering the Age of Elegance is still a useful, information packed guide for the weary traveler.

The book takes a pragmatic approach to a wide range of topics, yet dips daringly beneath the surface of the every day, run-of-the mill how-to book. Jon Paul provides enough references materials, websites to visit, books to read and things to think about to take us beyond the grave. She dares to approach even the most difficult topics head on, such as the fear of becoming a burden, losing ones mental and physical capabilities, and even death, the last frontier.

Chloe Jon Paul’s book is indeed a Practical Guide for the Modern Maturing Woman as the subtitle suggests and well worth the purchase price. If you are feeling stuck or uneasy about any part of the aging process, this book will provides plenty of suggestions on how to take the next step in your journey. It is a book you will use as a reference guide for years to come.

Chloe Jon Paul, M.Ed., is a retired educator and has written several published articles and a previous book entitled “What Happens Next: A Family Guide to Nursing Home Visits.

Her many achievements since the age of 55 include:

  • Title of Ms. Maryland Senior America 2003
  • Recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship Seminars Abroad award to South Africa, 1996
  • Volunteer internship during the 2005 Maryland legislative session as a Legacy Leadership Institute graduate
  • Lead facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project in prison and community workshops on conflict resolution for ten years
  • State representative for the National Family Caregivers Association’s caregiver community action network 2006-2008
  • Advisory board member: MD, Healthcare Commission and the Interagency Commission for Aging Services: Maryland Dept. of Aging
  • Hospice and homeless shelter volunteer
  • Coordinator for the Good Samaritan Project at her church
  • World traveler – all 7 continents
  • Format: Softcover
    ISBN 13: 978-1-935097-05-1
    LCCN: 2008911363
    Publication Date: 2/23/2009
    Pages: 134
    Trim Size: 8.8 X 5.9 X 0.4 inches

    List Price: $12.95

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    One Response to Entering the Age of Elegance

    1. Jo Johnson on April 12, 2011 at 5:06 pm

      This looks like a book well worth reading – a conversation waiting to happen!

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