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Submitter: Ironically, I turn 40 in three months. I found this just in time!  The chapter headings for Middle 40s men are my favorite part.

Holly: Mary totally missed the boat on this book.  If only someone had told her this was available!  Ha!

Maybe this is just my perception, and I’m only 36, but in 1976, turning 40 was a bigger deal than it seems to be now.  A book about going from 50 to 60, or even 60 to 70 could cover these same concepts.  People work longer, have kids later in life, get married older, are healthier, live longer…all of that makes 60 the new 40.

Mary: Hey, get off my lawn!

Making it from 40 to 50 contents

Making it from 40 to 50 contents

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  1. I like how they advise to keep your investments at a “safe 6%”

    Then there is the bit about the children leaving. Considering average age of first child in Canada is now 29.5, that would mean baby’s out the door at 11. Time she started paying her own way, anyway. Otherwise, they tend to stay living with their parents until they’re 30. ha ha ha

  2. I have a HUGE complaint with this book…the chapter on gray hair. Anyone who makes it to 40 before getting any gray hair should be jumping for joy. I started getting gray hair at 17 and gave up trying to hide them before I turned 30.

  3. Really Amanda? Then I was a totally average kid! I’d always joked that I would be underfoot until I was 30… it almost came true. This is a fairly depressing book to say the least. Makes me almost afraid of eventually turning 40.

  4. Good grief, they make suicide at 39 sound appealing! According to this book, your 40s involve: terrible sex, your children abandoning you, you husband cheating on you, and divorce. Oh, and going to university, because you’re bored.

  5. OMG – no wonder people were having “mid life crises” back then! We celebrate these passages now – thank goodness! This book would push even the most cheerful, optimistic person to a point of suicide. yuk. you can’t get rid of that book fast enough…..

  6. I’m in my mid-forties, and I AM dealing with contemporaries dying and menopause and gaining weight, and the child is now out of the house. I agree that 40 seemed a lot older when this book was written, but many people still deal with many of these issues in their 40s.

    Truthfully, the only part that struck me as dated was the “safe 6%” interest. Nowadays, conservative investing gets you about 1%!

  7. Wow! I’m 42, and, while I am not thrilled that my workouts at the gym now maintain my weight instead of making it go down, this book just does not apply! My kids are 6 & 1, so they better not leave any time soon! 🙂

  8. Oh my goodness…I’m 45 and I haven’t had a single one of these thoughts! I’m WAY behind! Must get busy….

  9. I’m only 34, but I feel young and basically healthy. I can’t imagine that much changing between now and 40 except that I finish the books I’m writing and hopefully lose those last ten or fifteen pounds. I might feel differently by then, but I doubt it. I was born the year this book was written and a lot has changed since then.
    BTW, I have gray hairs already, and I don’t remove them. They’re actually silver-gray, and I kind of think they’re pretty.

  10. I’m 60 with a 16 year old daughter. No gray hair and working full time. When I turned 40 the first thing I did was quit taking advice from people.

  11. My mom was 43 in 1976 and all of her children were in their late teens by that time. I’m now 53 and two of my children are still pre-teens. If for no other reason (and there are MANY others), this book should be weeded because the basic assumptions about what happens (especially to women) from age-to-age have changed so radically in the past three decades.

  12. @moklspa: 😀 Ha-ha! All you under-40’s commenting out there…”you” stay the same, your silver hair IS pretty, and life is good as long as there’s chocolate. Yeah, the mirror tells one side of the story, but not all of it.

  13. Thank goodness I found your site! If my husband ever comes home wearing “plaid, gold buttons or hot pink shirts” now I know why!!! 🙂

  14. The bit that pleased me most is that because it’s 1976, when reading ‘ An attack of Vanity ‘ p92-
    ” They want style- vents, plaids, gold buttons, hot pink shirts” – It could me talking about men or women!

  15. First gray hairs in early 40s? Huh? I’m 30 and already have too many grays to “pull out one-by-one”!

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