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Katherine Schneider releases new memoir; book-launch party set for Nov. 21

November 18, 2013

OccupyingAging-webEAU CLAIRE — A retired University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire clinical psychologist recently released a memoir about the aging process.

Dr. Katherine Schneider, UW-Eau Claire senior psychologist emerita, is the author of "Occupying Aging: Delights, Disabilities and Daily Life," which was published by Dog Ear Publishing in September.

The University Bookstore will host a book-launch party at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 21 where Schneider will be available to sign copies of her book.

"Occupying Aging" recounts the joys and daily work of growing older, especially with a disability. Schneider has been blind since birth and is currently working with her ninth Seeing Eye dog.

As members of the baby boomer generation age over 65 at a rate of 8,000 per day, they will have to learn to live in a new world and thrive with grace and style. Furthermore, half of those individuals will develop a disability.

Throughout her lifetime, Schneider, who served on UW-Eau Claire's Counseling Services staff from 1990-2004, has honed countless strategies for dealing with disabilities and people's reactions to them.

Schneider said she wrote the book because she wants to help those new to disabilities to deal well with them and with other people's reactions. In her memoir, she shares journal entries from a year of living fully in retirement. The topics range from her work on a disability issue to the delights of retirement.

Deborah Kendrick, author and disability activist, describes the memoir as "warm, wise, cozy, personal, funny … sometimes poetry, even when she's not quoting it. It's like hanging with a friend…"

Schneider's previous publications include a memoir titled "To the Left of Inspiration: Adventures in Living with Disabilities" and a children's book, "Your Treasure Hunt: Disabilities and Finding Your Gold."

Through the American Library Association, she originated the Schneider Family Book Awards for children's books with disability content. Schneider also started the Access Eau Claire Fund through the Eau Claire Community Foundation to help nonprofit organizations work toward full inclusion of people with disabilities.

"Occupying Aging" is available in print through the University Bookstore and Amazon.com, which also offers Kindle format. It also can be purchased in Braille through the American Printing House for the Blind and Bookshare for broader accessibility.

For more information or a review copy of the book, contact Dr. Katherine Schneider at 715-833-0977 or schneiks@uwec.edu.

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