Doreen Wendt-Weir is a 93-year-old sex and relationship researcher who missed out on gaining an education due to the outbreak of Word War II, but later enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts studying journalism at the age of 71.
She went on to write the book Sex in Your Seventies, where she interviewed fellow retired Australians to share their advice regarding the various facets of their lives.
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Now Doreen has released a follow-up called Gardening in Your Nineties and she joined The Morning Show from Brisbane to explain how she has written the book specifically for older Australian who may be dealing with issues such as loneliness following the COVID pandemic.
“I just say keep busy for goodness sake, get up and get moving. Don’t just sit there all day because that will not cure your loneliness. Join as many (groups) as you can, so you get outings and company.
“If you can’t do that, and of course, a lot of us cannot, because we don’t drive anymore, I say be hospitable. I always say let’s have lunch on my verandah … I think the loneliness will mitigate, and keep busy,” she said.
Doreen explained what themes her latest book entails and how she hopes it can inspire people in a similar age bracket to herself.
“My opening words (in the book) are, of course, ‘I made love for the last time when I was 81’ and the story rolls on from there.
“It’s a memoir as well as being about gardening, and of course there are recipes in it as well using the produce of my garden and there’s a little love story woven through it all which may, or may not be resolved,” she explained.
The author also explained how the book details the benefits of being intimate later in life.
“I’ve got good news for everybody, it’s much the same, really it is, much the same so that’s what you can expect.
“Of course we’re not as agile as we once were, so if you’re thinking about any of those acrobatics that I know the young think about, forget about it.
“But it’s just good old-fashioned sex and there’s nothing wrong with that,” she revealed.
Doreen Wendt-Weir’s book Gardening in Your Nineties is available now