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Aging brings new challenges and questions, as well as new opportunities. And there’s evidence to suggest that a positive attitude towards aging might even slow down the aging process itself.

With that in mind, we put together a list of 11 books about aging that should be on your reading list. Each one is packed with encouragement, tips, and in-depth information to help you prepare for and embrace the decades to come. Whether you check them out of the library, download them to a tablet, or listen to the audio version, we promise you’ll be inspired, challenged, and well informed when you’ve finished one or all of these picks.

 

1. Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest

by Dan Buettner

Dan Buettner drew research for this renowned book from “blue zone” communities in the United States, Japan, Italy, Greece, and Costa Rica where people live longer than average. He also lays out nine key behaviors that people from these areas have that may help explain their above-average lifespan.

As you read, you’ll explore healthy aging concepts such as defining your purpose, staying connected to friends and family and keeping elders nearby, managing stress, eating a Mediterranean-style diet, drinking up to one to two servings of alcohol daily, and participating in a faith community at least four times a month.

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2. American Medical Association Complete Guide to Prevention and Wellness

by the American Medical Association

Have you ever wanted a one-stop resource that explains just about everything you need to know about chronic disease, bone health, preventing dementia, managing allergies and how maintain your health throughout your life? The American Medical Association has compiled this useful guide to help you understand basic health concerns – and how to ask better questions during visits with your doctor or other health professionals to help boost your health and wellness.

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3. A Couple’s Guide to a Happy Retirement

by Sara Yogev, PhD

Written by Sara Yogev, a psychologist and coach focused on marriage and family, this book helps couples prepare for the inevitable changes that come with retirement and aging. Yogev helps you think through discussions about how you spend money and time, as well as how you connect with friends and family as a couple and as individuals. She also delves into some of the more personal concerns of aging, ranging from finding a new purpose after retirement to enhancing your sexual intimacy.

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4. What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying

by Karen Wyatt, MD

You don’t have to be dying or have a loved one in hospice to benefit from this book. Dr. Wyatt, a hospice physician with 25 years of experience in end-of-life care, shares the insights she’s gained from her patients and their families about what really matters at the end of life.

While she uses a Christian framework to discuss themes such as suffering and forgiveness that arise at the end-of-life, Wyatt stresses that people of all faiths or no faith can learn from the framework she proposes. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and perhaps more importantly, you might come away from this book inspired to make some changes in your life.

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5. Fitness Over Fifty: An Exercise Guide from the National Institute on Aging

Regular exercise is especially important as you age. But you do not need a gym membership, tight fashionable workout clothes, or a pricey home weight set. The National Institutes of Health has put together a guide filled with basic yet effective exercises that will increase endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility without breaking your budget. Not only will these exercises help you stay fit, they can also help you prevent crippling falls and injuries by preserving your balance and strength.

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6. Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy Until You’re 80 and Beyond

by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge, MD

Chris Crowley, a septuagenarian former litigator, co-authored this book with internist Henry Lodge, MD, to give older adults practical advice for staying fit well into their later years. You’ll find helpful guidelines, tips, and the authors’ personal stories to inspire you. They argue that exercising six days a week with a mix of aerobic activity and strength training is the key to successful aging. You’ll find a host of other helpful information as you implement their advice.

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7. Use Your Brain to Change Your Age: Secrets to Look, Feel, and Think Younger Everyday

by Daniel Amen, MD

Neurologist Daniel Amen, MD has decades of experience in brain health research and treatment. In this book, he offers ten strategies for boosting memory and mood, decreasing your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, enhancing your skin, reducing outwards signs of aging, promoting brain healing after injury or stroke and helping counter the effects of substance abuse and exposure to environmental toxins.

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8. Personal Finance After 50 for Dummies

by Eric Tyson and Bob Carlson

Let’s face it – most, if not all of us, need to periodically think through our financial planning. This book will help you get started if you haven’t yet hired an outside expert to keep you on track with saving and budgeting for the future and other financial considerations you’ll inevitably face as you age. Author Eric Tyson covers the basics as well as financial concerns you might not have considered before, including Social Security, pensions, Medicare, and how to think through common financial situations that arise in retirement.

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9. Second Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement

by Nancy Collamer, MS

Just because you’ve officially retired from your career doesn’t mean you have to stop making money. In fact, according to author Nancy Collamer, retirement is an ideal time to explore the money-making potential of your hobbies and passions. Find out how you can dig deeply into your interests and talents and, with a little business savvy, make a little money doing activities you love.

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10. Relax into Yoga for Seniors: A Six-Week Program for Strength, Balance, Flexibility, and Pain Relief

by Kimberly Carson, MPH and Carol Krucoff

In this book, authors Kimberly Carson, MPH, and Carol Krucoff outline 12 principles of starting and maintaining a regular yoga practice for older adults. This book can be used by those with varying levels of mobility – including those who will practice yoga in a seated position. Yoga has been shown to improve chronic pain, high blood pressure, heart disease, bone health, arthritis, and mood.

You can use the program outlined in the book to enhance range of motion, balance, posture and strength. The book also provides tips for finding a qualified yoga teacher near you, for those who want to explore yoga more deeply.

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11. The MIND Diet: A Scientific Approach to Enhancing Brain Function and Helping Prevent Alzheimer's and Dementia

by Maggie Moon, MS, RDN

Author Maggie Moon provides a comprehensive guide to the eating plan that has been proven to boost memory, mental acuity and concentration while slowing cognitive decline during aging. You’ll find detailed information about the science behind her recommendations, recipes you can easily prepare at home, and a list of foods that could be harming your brain health. The plan focuses on consuming whole foods to boost brain health, from leafy greens and vegetables to poultry, olive oil and wine.

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