Essays on Aging

We are living our futures now

I was a casual planner for much of my life. A lot of my early planning revolved around what was expected – do well enough in high school to go to college (even though my studies didn’t prepare me to earn a living), marry, have a family, live in a house, maybe work at some kind of job when my kids were old enough… and then what?

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Blog Posts on Aging

Recommended Books on Aging

Chast, Roz, 2014, Can’t we talk about something more PLEASANT?, Bloomsbury, New York, NY

A sad, poignant, funny, and intensely personal look at Chast’s relationship, as a daughter and only child, with her aging parents from the earliest signs of their decline until their deaths. Through her pungent language and astute illustrations, Chast exposes the vast array of interpersonal, clinical, and daily-living dilemmas inherent in the inevitable process of getting old and dying.

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Coughlin, Joseph F., 2017, The Longevity Economy: Unlocking the World’s Fastest-Growing, Most Misunderstood Market, Hachette Book Group, New York, NY

Joseph Coughlin’s book takes a dramatically different approach to the phenomenon of aging by challenging commonly held notions that older people are a problem and a drain on society. Rather he vigorously points out that this population is a gold mine of creativity and opportunity.

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Levitin, Daniel J., 2020, Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives,Dutton, New York, NY

This book explores aging in our era when people are living to be quite old and in which many are finding ways to become productive, creative, and contributing.  His Appendix – Rejuvenate Your Brain – offers simple, common-sense strategies to keep one’s brain in working order and continually growing. A wonderful, positive look at the possibilities and potentials in longevity.

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