”We’ve put more effort into helping folks reach old age than into helping them enjoy it.”
—Frank A. Clark
Larry’s stepfather, Joe, whom we mentioned earlier, retired at the age of 65. During his first year away from the job, he became sick with a severe case of flu that lasted for three months. He developed a rash of cold sores that made it difficult for him to eat, suffered from chronic insomnia, and slipped into a depression that sapped all his energy. By the end of the year, he looked terrible and felt worse. His doctor referred him to a psychiatrist, who put him on various psychotropic medications, which only exacerbated his symptoms.
At the urging of a friend, he went to a second psychiatrist, ...