Dr. Wendy L. Miller has just released “Sky Above Clouds: Finding Our Way Through Creativity, Aging, and Illness,” and she will do a book presentation and signing Tuesday, July 19, at 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library. The book is both manual and memoir, showing a couple’s journey through aging and illness.

Expressive arts therapist and writer Wendy Miller and her husband, Dr. Gene Cohen, a pioneering psychiatrist, researcher and writer about creative aging, share a story from the intersection of medical science and life’s meaning — of love and family, life and death; and the healing power of creativity through illness and adversity. The talk is co-hosted by the library and the Community Health & Wellness Department of Pen Bay Medical Center.

Through their scientific research and clinical practice, the authors uncovered new clues about how the aging mind can build resilience and continue growth, even during times of grave illness, thus setting aside the traditional paradigm of aging as a time of decline. Cohen, considered one of the founding fathers of geriatric psychiatry, describes what happens to the brain as it ages and the potential that is often overlooked. Miller highlights stories of creative growth in the midst of illness and loss encountered through her clinical practice.

The book faces the challenge of what happens when the expert on aging begins to age … and what happens when the therapist who helps others cope with illness and loss is forced to confront her own responses to these experiences.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.