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In from Aches to Ecstasy, by Arnold P. Abbott, the author examines the fascinating and complex subject of senior sexuality with understanding, enthusiasm, and compassion. Mr. Abbott assumes the role of cheerleader, historian, pop psychologist, consumer reporter, and crusader in his effort to encourage our elder population to not only maintain, but expand, their sex lives. This book s great value lies in its emphasis on freeing oneself from shame about subjects and practices, a restrictive mindset acquired by men and women who reached puberty long before the sexual revolution. Mr. Abbott is occasionally blunt, but he is never patronizing or condescending. He acknowledges that senior bodies have sags and scars and that time has often interfered with their libidos and plumbing. Mr. Abbott s easy-to-read and understand narrative, plus the historical research included herein, raises his book above the level of a mere how-to volume. He doesnt say that any sex is good he instructs readers on safe practices, as well as how to find new partners. As perspectives on sex after middle age have changed over the years, From Aches to Ecstasy, by Arnold P. Abbott, is a sympathetic, well-informed, open-minded guidebook to creating a truly golden age, in all respects.
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Arnold P. Abbott has been published since he was nine years old when he took issue with Ralph Waldo Emerson s essay On Self Reliance. His life has been devoted to helping America s underdogs and for many years, he and his late wife cared for the homeless. After her tragic death, he founded Love Thy Neighbor as her living memorial, to help raise the homeless from desperation through care and culinary training. The author describes himself as a realistic idealist, a rebel with many causes. In the 1950s he formed Pennsylvania s first Fair Housing Committee, he fought fiercely for Civil Rights in the 1960s, and as a delegate to the 1964 Democratic Convention, he gained notoriety by sitting with the Mississippi Freedom delegation to protest injustice. He resides in Florida.
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