Win a copy of 'How to Age Joyfully'

*CLOSED FOR ENTRIES* Who wouldn't want to know the eight steps to a happier, fuller life? Enter our competition to win one of two copies of this inspirational book, which has a thumbs up from no other than Dame Judi Dench! *T&Cs apply.

Research shows that our actions and behaviour can make a big difference to how well we age, from keeping active to engaging with life and other people, it is never too early or too late to start.

As a friendly society, we couldn’t agree more. We’re always encouraging our members to stay connected with each other and their communities, giving back where they can. It’s something we’ve been doing for over two centuries now.

So we were delighted to spot Maggy Pigott’s book on the shelves – How to Age Joyfully – Eight Steps to a Happier, Fuller Life.

I commend this book to everyone of all ages, and let us all age joyfully. Dame Judi Dench

Maggy explained that the book takes inspiration from the areas of the world where people live the longest and shares the secrets to ageing joyfully in eight steps, to keep you healthy, happy and fulfilled. These are move, eat right, have a purpose, connect, grow, be grateful, give and be positive.

Each of the eight evidence-based steps has a clear explanation as to why it is so important and includes accessible advice for how to make it a part of your life.

Book cover of How to Age Joyfully

100 practical and inspirational tips

How to Age Joyfully contains more than 100 practical tips and includes quotes from inspirational over 50s, as well as a suggested ‘perfect playlist’ to accompany your reading.

Whether you choose to follow some or all of the advice, it’s a great guide to living joyfully, whatever your age.

About the author, Maggy Pigott CBE

A former civil servant and lawyer. Maggy is now relishing retirement, having discovered the joys of dancing, Twitter and volunteering with a charity for the over 50s, Open Age, which receives 50% of her royalties. Maggy has been married for over 40 years, has two adult children and lives in West London.  

How can I win a copy?

This competition is now closed for entries.

Where can I buy the book?

You can purchase How to Age Joyfully by Maggy Pigott from all major book stores, including Amazon. Published by Summersdale Publishers, the book’s hardback RRP is £12.99. ISBN: 978 1 78685 968 6

Readers' praise 

Sir Muir Gray, CBE, FRCPSGlas, FCLIP, Professor and Consultant in Public Health, Oxford University; author of Sod 70!; first Chief Knowledge Officer for the NHS and creator of NHS Choices: “This is an outstanding book. It carries a clear message and expresses a clear philosophy, namely that we need to transform the way we think about living longer. It speaks from the heart, from an author who has knowledge and experience. It is a manifesto for living better longer.”

Catherine Foot, Director of Evidence, Centre for Ageing Better: “Our ageing population is all too often presented as a problem rather than a gift, and ageist stereotypes and age discrimination are everywhere. How to Age Joyfully is a welcome antidote to this fearful, negative view of ageing, and a rich resource of ideas and evidence for how to enjoy your own later life.”

Alan Johnson, former Labour politician and Cabinet Minister, including Secretary of State for Health (2007-2009); award-winning author; patron of Open Age: “We hear so much about the burdens of an ageing society that we seem to have talked ourselves into thinking of rising life expectancy as a bad thing. In this book Maggy Pigott reminds us how lucky we are to live at such a time and how to add joy to all the other emotions as we navigate those later years.”

Gyles Brandreth, writer and broadcaster:“Full of wit, wisdom – and hope!”

Joyce Williams MBE FCSP, aka blogger“Old age is being redefined and this is an essential book for today's new world. It is full of positive actions to maximise enjoyment of our added years in this amazing period of life.”

Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive, International Longevity Centre UK; member of the House of Lords since 2000 and co-chair of several All-Party Parliamentary Groups on ageing; Director General of Age Concern England from 1987-2000: “We are all ageing. This motivating and practical book is a valuable, easy to read, guide on what we need to do to help us age well and make the most of our lives.”

Dr Jonathan Collie, co-founder of The Age of No Retirement:“We all know that people today can expect to live healthily and productively for longer than ever before. But, what is less clear is what we are all to do with this extra time. We need new champions to help shape a new world, where people can work, play, innovate, inspire, lead and create – throughout life, regardless of age. Maggy is such a champion. Read her book and see why.”

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