Recently, I had the pleasure of working with Maggy Pigott CBE, author of the book, How to Age Joyfully after she found and connected with me on Twitter. She had seen my This Won’t be Forever Covid-19 inspired poster after it went slightly viral and loved it so asked if I would draw a summary of her book. Of course, I immediately said yes, so she sent me a copy of her book and I set to work.
Maggy’s book, How to Age Joyfully is, well put simply, a joy to read. As Maggy herself says,
“We’re living longer – let’s live better!”
This uplifting book explores research that shows we can make a big difference to how well we age. From staying connected to others or simply keeping yourself active, this book shares the secrets to ageing well in eight steps, to keep you happy and healthy. Being 50 myself I am probably in the target market for this book; however, I personally think the tips are applicable to anyone of any age. Plus, it can’t go unnoticed that the foreword of the book was written by none other than Dame Judy Dench, I mean if it’s good enough for Dame Judy ….
As well as offering great tips for anyone looking to enjoy and celebrate getting older (which we should all be embracing) Maggy is also supporting an extremely worthy cause. She is supporting the charity Open Age by donating a whopping 50% of the royalties from sales of the book, meaning anyone who buys the books not only helps themselves to age better, but others too. Open Age is a fantastic charity who work across Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham to enable anyone aged 50 or older to maintain an active lifestyle, as well develop new and stimulating interests. Here’s a little more about them in their own word,
At open age we provide opportunities for our members to take part in meaningful activities, strengthen their sense of community, rediscover old hobbies, find new ones, make new friends, and most of all, have fun!
By doing this we can combat loneliness and isolation and improve the health and wellbeing of older Londoners.
I loved seeing Maggy’s words come to life in the visual summary and am proud to say that after sharing the poster on her social media channels other organisations have loved it just as much and shared it further. People have also been printing the poster to display in offices and surgeries, I personally think it would brighten any wall.
I was especially pleased to see that Maggy had a canvas printed to hang in her own office.
How to Age Joyfully can be found in all good bookshops, or simply follow this link to purchase on Amazon.
If you like the look of this visual summary and would like to see more of my work, why now check out my other sketches and visuals here.