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"Old Age Ain't for Sissies." Bette Davis.
A presentation for those facing the mysteries of growing old.
by Colin MacLean
Member, Speakers Bureau of Alberta©

This talk is designed for those who are embarking on the mysteries of old age - and for those who are already there and want to share their experiences with someone else.

Accepting the fact that you are growing old is oftimes tough. The body deteriorates in manners you didn't think possible. The world seems to speed up and doesn't seem to have as much time for you as it once did.

But it's not a bad time. To quote Norman Mailer in a recent interview, "Finally you are cool in a way you've never been before. And you realize what you've won and what you lost and that's just what happens to everyone else. They win and they lose also. And what you didn't succeed in doing -you didn't succeed in doing. So the heck with it."

The tone of the talk is light in an effort to make people laugh at some of difficulties of encroaching age. But at the base is a serious effort to acknowledge what age means, come to grips with it and move on into what could very well be the best time of your life.

Besides laughing and sharing a bit of nostalgia from old time movies, radio and early television, we play a game of “Reach for the Top” based on our memories of growing up in this country. I was host of the television program for 20 years and use the challenge of recalling incidents, people and times from our youth in a fairly serious manner but use the interplay between audience and myself to keep things light and funny.

And finally we look back our lives and the way we lived them. The best of memories come when we realize that we took the hand we were dealt and did our best with it. Of how we were born or came to live in a great country during a time of tremendous growth and prosperity. Life is worth living and we must continue to do our best even as we grow old. The best is yet to come.

The speech can be any length and can be delivered to any size audience. It requires no electronics of any kind - save for a microphone and podium.

More information: 1.866.420.3338 toll-free info@speakersalberta.com

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