Dr. Drew joins host Wayne Bucklar in a conversation about his book, “Ageing in the New Age: A Survival Guide for Baby Boomers” and his goals of turning each chapter into new books.
Bio: Dr. Drew Dwyer, known as “A Big Man Talking,” is a registered nurse with a specialization in Gerontic Nursing, a counselor, and a Reiki Master. He has earned a doctorate degree in Evidence-Based Healthcare and Clinical Leadership. He is also a fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and a clinical fellow of the JBI.
Dr. Drew has dedicated 25 years to learning and development, teaching, and instructional design. His experience in the military provided him with personal and professional growth. He returned from active service to continue his journey by means of speaking, reading, and writing. Caring for the Baby Boomers is his passion and he continues to do research to discover more ways of improving the lives of the elderly people.
Wayne Bucklar: My guest today is Dr. Drew Dwyer. Drew is a speaker, author, gerontologist, doctor of nursing, he has a set of credentials that I can’t even jump over but he can explain all of that for himself. Drew, welcome to the show.
Dr. Drew Dwyer: Hello and thank you for having me on today.
Wayne: What’s the title of your new book?
Dr. Drew: My book is called, “Ageing in the New Age” and it’s a survival guide for Baby Boomers.
Wayne: What is your book Ageing in the New Age about?
Dr. Drew: Well it’s a small book. It’s only a 150 odd pages long, written specifically for people who are categorized or classed as Baby Boomers. And the chapters in the book are actually going to become new books, so there’s nine chapters and each chapter subject matter will actually be another book as I continue to produce more of them. And it covers things such as getting people to understand their generation and who they are, understanding and dealing with emotional intelligence, looking at healthy and active ageing, looking at the negatives of ageing and what ageing does to us scientifically medically, looking at sex and sex life, and looking at money and retirement, and of course looking at spirituality in connection with spirituality, and death and dying and the end of life.
Wayne: What age range does the Baby Boomer Generation cover?
Dr. Drew: Baby Boomers are currently aged between 52 and 72. So they’ll always be Baby Boomers even as they step up into their 80s and 90s. But right now in the year 2018, a Baby Boomer is somebody who’s aged between 52 years old and 72 years old. So if you sit in that range, you’re a Baby Boomer.
Wayne: What would the Baby Boomers be experiencing that can lead them to get a copy of your book Ageing in the New Age?
Dr. Drew: The book is written for two parts of the cohort – the older part, so people over 65 and 70 because they’ll be experiencing probably retirement right now if they’re not already retired and not are having a great time at it. And the younger Baby Boomers who are not quite ready to retire or enter that space but very close to hitting the wall and know they have to plan and have to start looking at what they’re going to do. So the book is written really for information of those two sets of people in the Baby Boomer cohort but I’ve also written sections of the book or added in sections for the parents of the Baby Boomers because Baby Boomers are very close to their parents and their parents have that passed on generational aspect of raising them in their mentality. And of course, many, many Baby Boomers now are assisting, supporting and transitioning their older parents, let’s say 75 and above into the final stage of their life which of course deals with transitions into end-of-life palliation and very much needing care and support. And that’s a hard thing for a Boomer to get the head wrapped around because they’ve got to look after their own families, and themselves and their retirement and yet mum and dad, if they both have mum and dad both alive, then they’ve got mum and dad transitioning into probably full-time care, full-time assistance and if not, ageing unwell and probably, trying to quite get a good quality around that. It’s a lot of pressure on for Boomers.
Wayne: I’m a Baby Boomer who fits that age range and I have a 90 year old mother who’s in nursing care end quite unwell at present and I have to say and maybe I’m being unkind here but as a Baby Boomer of doing and caring for another in that situation, what I have to say is, “No, bloody way am I gonna do that?” I’m not going to get in that journey she’s gone down.
Dr. Drew: Yes, it’s a case if I talk in the book about emotional intelligence. So chapter 2 in the book is designed to get people in our age group thinking of their emotional intelligence, holding on, that space you just spoke about. We often see downline and experience now what we don’t want to experience when we get there. The unfortunate part is Wayne, by the time you do get there, if you’re not well planned, what you see is that you don’t want to get is maybe where you’ll end up if you don’t plan and get your act together not to go there.
Wayne: Do you have an advice to Baby Boomers on planning to make their third stage of life easier?
Dr. Drew: Absolutely. In a Western country, first world country like Australia, there’s plenty of things that are in place to support elderly people – our government and communities are focused in that. So if I speak in that first world zone that the issues are ameliorated, or made better or softened because we have pensions, and Superannuation and the government subsidies. In a country that doesn’t have these types of setups of course, those countries that have built a culture where they look after fit the elderly inside the family unit. But as the world changes, we’ve seen the impact that the rest of the world also does not like this space anymore, culture has changed and society is changing and in a global space, people want something different. So innovation is the key and it’s not necessarily you have to be rich but you have to be well planned. So you either going to plan if you’re rich in what you do with your money and spend it well or pass it on as a dynasty or spend it all into your death because you want a quality death or you’re going to be on the other end of the scale which says, “I’ve got no money but I have a good system protect me or I have a good family unit so I have to plan with them to make sure the end results are okay for everybody.”
Wayne: How can people reach out to you?
Dr. Drew: People can go to my website on www.dr-drew.com. They can link me through there and they can also find me on Facebook at “Dr. Drew, A Big Man Talking” and look for the logo behind me because that’s who I am. If listeners don’t know, I’m a 7-foot man, over seven foot tall, so I am a big man and I talk a lot as a speaker. So find me in Facebook under “Dr. Drew, A Bit Man Talking.”
Wayne: What is the name of your new book and where can people buy it?
Dr. Drew: The title of the book is “Ageing In a New Age: A Survival Guide for Baby Boomers” and it’s available on Lulu and Amazon.
Wayne: Drew, it’s been a pleasure having you with us. Thanks for making your time available today.
Dr. Drew: Thanks very much.