Seniors Look at the Book Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson


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Seniors Get Ideas From Reading – jeltovski on MorgueFile
Older adults have to deal with change on a constant basis: moving, friends dying, diminishing health, financial concerns, etc. This book makes it easier.

The story of Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson, M.D. had fascinated Kenneth Blanchard even before the two of them wrote The One-Minute Manager. Since seniors often get ideas from their reading, this is a book worth reading and digesting.

Why Seniors Need the Book Who Moved My Cheese

This parable-like story has particular resonance with older adults since they face so many changes without the usual recovery time in between as is often the case with younger people. Some assume life slows down for retired people but it is often true that changes speed up.

The changes may be related to moving due to downsizing or retirement, the increasing number of issues, events, and limitations due to health, and budgetary concerns due to unexpected turns in the economy or even finding they need more money to survive than previously thought. Then there’s the issue of learning to accept help when needed, an issue which many seniors find to be a challenge.

It is often difficult to let go of things one valued in the past. This can lead to clutter which in turn causes safety issues as people age. Accepting change lets seniors deal with their clutter rather than putting it off due to the stress and effort involved in avoiding the act of looking change in the face.

How Who Moved My Cheese Can Help Older Adults

Older adults often find themselves in the process of adjusting to one or more of the many transitions in their lives. This can happen without the usual space in between which allowed for adjustment in their younger years.

This book can help reduce the length of the learning curve, whether it be for grief, aggravation or any of the losses and changes which seem to overflow in the lives of Boomers and seniors. The story gently guides the reader to opt for simple and more effective ways to deal with change – whether in the workplace or in daily life at home.

The mantra “Move with the cheese” seems humorous at first, but makes good sense with a careful reading of this story’s charmingly simple treatment of what can be called a complex issue: change. The examples set by the characters can serve to help seniors and others avoid losing precious time on what they cannot change. Then their focus on “what is” can be clearer, allowing for smoother adjustment to those pesky changes which are sure to enter every older adult’s life on a regular basis.

Some benefit from rereading the book as well as discussing it with others. Living in the now and with reality as a flashlight becomes not only possible but a pleasant approach to senior living. Rather than living in fear of change, senior citizens could live in anticipation of what’s coming down the pipe of the future. Planning ahead of time to adapt makes it easier when the situation is confronted, and reduces that powerful habit of avoidance.

Adjusting to Changes in Senior Living

The story told in Who Moved My Cheese is deceptively simple. Yet when given time for processing, the simple lesson of “moving with the cheese” leads one toward an workable approach to change. The story helps seniors and others face change head on – even looking for positive opportunities when possible.

Change is defined in a different light than that which most older people have seen it in. Change is clarified as unavoidable and holding promise rather than as a stumbling block or dead end. Since Boomers and seniors are living longer into their retirement years, this story can serve a vital function in helping them deal with change in a more enjoyable and effective manner.

Basically, the character in the book who kept doing the same things after these methods had quit working experienced what many older people go through. Conversely, the character who kept delving into the change rather than avoiding it or refusing to see it, found a journey which was both interesting and held a payoff.

There is a reason Who Moved My Cheese was on the New York Times bestseller list for almost 5 years. This charming bookcan help senior citizens deal with and even embrace the inevitable changes which face them during the aging process. Among the many reasons seniors need this book is the fact that change will indeed happen and people who make peace with it will live happier lives. What more could a senior ask for?


Johnson, Spencer. Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life Putnam Adult, 1998.

Tague, Olan MillsMrs. Hildra Tague is a freelance writer, consultant, and teacher dedicated to issues of education, parenting, and seniors.

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Career educator in both public and private schools. Has tutored all ages. Writes about education, parenting, & seniors. Sings harmony with folk/rock group and a choir. Caregiver for spouse who dealt with Stage IV cancer. Happy person committed to nature and conservation of a green world.
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