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Life Lessons: Woman and attitudes on aging

Published On: Sep 09 2013 05:00:00 AM EDT

Life lessons attitude on aging

In our society, many of us have difficulty with the idea of aging.

But maybe it's all in how you look at it!

One Berks County woman is trying to change the way we look at aging by writing a book using her mother as her inspiration.


Annarose Ingarra-Milch is a motivational speaker and author of the book "Lunch with Lucille".

Annarose says Lucille is based on her mom, who celebrated life every day and felt age is any woman's best asset. She felt if we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.

The book is a fun read about changing the way we think about aging.

"The purpose of my book is to look at aging from a very positive perspective. This is something that's going to happen to all of us and we really need to address it,' Annarose says.

Annarose joined us in the 69 News studio recently with three other local women: Robyn Jones, publisher of Berks County Living Magazine; Jackie Hoffman, morning show host for Y102 and Toni Reece, president of The PEOPLE Academy.

We asked what each of them took away from the book.

"One of the lessons I use a lot is to change your perspective. Like if there's a problem, I like to focus not on the problem but on the solution to the problem," says Jones.

" I wasn't as positive about myself before I read the book and Lucille had an answer for everything, no matter what the problem was and even if I don't have the right answer, I will still give an answer because I feel pretty good about it so that's what I took home from reading the book," says Hoffman.

"For me, it's still a work in progress but it's letting go of the past. It's letting go of things that no longer work for me," says Reece.

Lucille's ideas are celebrated with four diamonds placed in a broach. Each diamond represents an idea:

-Change your perspective
-Let go of the past
-Take control of your future
-Choose a Gratitude attitude

" That is really the essence of Lucille, learning about each day, that carpe diem to live in that moment to celebrate that moment each day," says Annarose.

Their advice to women approaching 40?

"Enjoy it,"says Jones.

"It's okay, it gets better," says Hoffman.

"Live in the moment," says Reece.

Annarose says, "Welcome to the club. There's a heck of a lot of us out there and we're all in this together."

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