Kennersly Park carer Magaret Ntlokwana shared her views on growing old in her book , As Time Goes By, which takes a positive look at ageing and embracing the twilight years in a healthy way.
Ntlokwana completed her book last year in September and then self-published it.
“Age is an opportunity no less than youth itself, though in another dress, just as the evening twilight fades away and the sky is filled with stars that are invisible by day. It is impossible to develop a grateful heart without cultivating a positive attitude to life.
“We live in a wonderful world and there’s no end to the adventures we can have, if only we seek them with our eyes and minds open. But, alas, we are often so preoccupied with survival that we forget to live life to the full,” she said.
Ntlokwana has been working as a nurse at Kennersley Old Age Home for 16 years. She says her inspiration stems from the elderly people she looks after.
“Many people think that when they reach retirement, it is the end of their lives. I believe it is a fresh start in another journey of one’s life.
“I sincerely hope that retiring and retired folk who read this book will review their attitude towards ageing and especially a possibility of moving into homes for care.
“Attitude is a small thing that makes a big difference.
“The same applies to carers who venture into geriatric care. I would like to encou- rage them not to merely see it as a job, to be done, but as a ministry to be offered graciously, as well as a great opportunity to take stock of themselves and grow in humility.”
Copies of the book are available from Ntlokwana at 083-709-5576.