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These 5 Books Can Help Your Senior Loved One Understand and Embrace the Aging Process

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A Reading List for Anyone in an Elder Care Facility

Different people handle aging in different ways. Some embrace the freedom and wisdom that aging can bring, while others lament the loss of youth and all that went with it. Still, some other people feel both reactions, just at different times. Whatever the case, we find ourselves alive during a time when people are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. Because of this, having the right approach to aging can be a big part of one’s quality of life.

Fortunately, there is a lot of great information out there today on how to age well and enjoy your older years. Here are five books that you can give or recommend to your senior loved ones to help them understand and embrace the aging process.

The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittister

The Gift of Years is a “food for the soul” type book that features a range of essays discussing issues that go along with aging such as regret, success, grief, joy, and adjustment. Written by a septuagenarian herself (a nun with dozens of award-winning books under her belt), this book can provide great comfort and sound advice to older individuals.

The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain, by Gene D. Cohen

The Mature Mind flies in the face of the long-held conventional wisdom that mental decline is inevitable with age. Using case studies, neuroscientific analysis, and modern psychology, psychiatrist and gerontologist Cohen shows us all the ways in which our brains can actually get stronger, rather than diminish, as we age.

Life Gets Better: The Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older by Wendy Lustbader

The second half can hold the best years of one’s life. This is a big part of the premise of Life Gets Better, The Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older, which shows how along with the physical aches and pains of aging can also come wisdom, peace, self-acceptance, and true self-knowledge. Aging does not have to mean an end to productivity, to relationships, or even to making mistakes and learning from them.

Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well Being, by Andrew Weil, M.D.

Healthy Aging is a more pragmatic look at the aging process. It deals not so much with the emotional aspects of aging as the practical aspects. How to eat right, particularly with an eye towards an anti-inflammatory diet and other aspects of proper nutrition, how to exercise, and in general how to age well, rather than “fight” aging.

Aging Wisely: Strategies for Baby Boomers and Seniors by Robert Levine, M.D.

This book embraces both the mental attitude and the physical approach that one can to aging in a healthy manner. Written by a doctor who was the Chief of Neurology at Norwalk Hospital, Aging Wisely talks about how important a positive attitude is when it comes to staying healthy and happy as we get older. At the same time, it offers very useful tips on how to maintain control over your life as you get older and how to take the right steps to age in a healthy way.

Helping Senior Loved Ones to Grow Older, Wisely

At Golden Placements, we want to do everything we can to help make sure your senior loved ones enjoy happy, healthy golden years. If you need assistance finding the right living situation for an elderly relative or friend in the Portland Metro or Northern California area, contact us today.


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