Taking the E Ride through the Golden Years, explores the past, present and future of retirement and how those of us already on our rides, and especially the Boomers, may be affected by the current financial and health care crisis. The author explains how we got to a place where people expected to retire and sail off on their E ticket ride, having the time of their lives, to the present when we wonder if retirement will even be possible for most of the Boomers. Along the way we take the rollercoaster of aging and receive suggestions on how to live our older lives to the fullest. We also learn about ways to cope when things aren't so Golden, if we should have trouble staying on our ride. This is Mary Lou Parks' second book. As a Registered Nurse and Gerontologist she continues to be involved with health and social services that affect the elderly, working a little, volunteering some time and writing about the issues that she encounters. In addition Mary Lou and her husband Tom enjoy traveling when they can, seeing the sights, visiting children and grandchildren, family and friends. Living in Lompoc California, she and her husband have four children and ten grandchildren, most of them living nearby.