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'Buy the dress,' author says

Stephanie 'Sunshine' Pincus urges people to live until they can't

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Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 11:00 pm

Local author Stephanie Sunshine Pincus has seen her fair share of hardships. She has seen people abandon their elders. She has experienced loss, and suffers from fibromyalgia and asthma.

None of that has stopped her from trying to help people.

Through her life's experiences and travels as an artist, a life coach, a gerontologist, a mentor and a teacher, Pincus has written a book about caring for aging people, and understanding the process of getting older. Her book is entitled "You're Never Too Old to Stay Young."

Pincus' objective was to not only help younger people better understand how to handle their elders, but also how aging people can look at their lives more optimistically.

Pincus, who grew up in Philadelphia, was the youngest of eight siblings. She had to understand and relate to older people. She learned, for example, that people who are hard of hearing should be seated in different places at the symphony, or even at a restaurant. But, she emphasizes, they should go to the symphony, and to a restaurant.

Being a life coach and always turning towards geriatric care, Pincus loved to help people, and hated seeing people give up on their elders.

"When I use to work in a nursing home," Pincus recalled, "I would have children tell me, 'Don't call me until my mother is dead. Don't call me until my father is ready to die.'"

Though it was her job to then tend to those aging parents, she had trouble coping with the idea someone would give up on one of their loved ones. She wanted to give both parties in the family a reason to stick together.

One could say she wanted to bring happiness and beauty to people's lives.

She wants people of all ages to understand that life isn't over until it is actually, truly over. Pincus used the example of someone telling her they were too old to buy a new dress, and how they wouldn't be around too much longer to enjoy it.

"Buy the dress!" she exclaimed. If having the dress would make you happy, then make yourself happy. Age, and when time on this earth ends, should never be a thought in any decision-making.

Pincus believes in a bright outlook. Her house is covered in her personal artwork, ranging from portraits to landscapes. Above the fireplace in her living room rests three different paintings of clowns, and on her table sits a printed copy of her book cover – light blue with a sun burst across the top.

Pincus said clowns are the only ones who are happy all the time, and sunshine is a symbol of hope, warmth and happiness.

Pincus funnels these themes and ideas into her 204-page book, offering her readers an insight into understanding elders through chapters focusing on staying safe, safe driving, economics, pets, plants, love and even self-expression.

Pincus would like to also help people beyond her book, too. If you need advice with health care planning, aging families or for further insight beyond her book, you can e-mail her at shevra2@aol.com.

You can contact her also through her website, where you can also purchase her book at http://www.stephaniesunshine.com">www.stephaniesunshine.com.

Her book is also available on http://amazon.com">amazon.com.

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