Getting older comes with some major changes, which can be both challenging and rewarding. For those lucky enough to live well into old age, this time of life is an opportunity to benefit from the wisdom of those who’ve experienced the same things. Books can serve as guides to help readers not only survive but thrive throughout their golden years.
Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite books about aging of 2017. We hope you find them helpful as you navigate the joys and challenges of getting older.
1. AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hipby Jean Chatzky and Michael F. Roizen, MD
With a light yet helpful approach, authors Michael F. Roizen and Jean Chatzky (“The Today Show’s” resident financial expert) bring readers to the intersection of finances and health in this book. The pair focuses on both areas because, as they put it, “All the money in the world doesn’t mean a thing if we can’t get out of bed.”
Although many people of retirement age are rightfully concerned about their long-term health or their ability to finance 30 more years of living life fully, the authors demonstrate how these two factors must work in conjunction to the benefit of both. It’s a fun take on a topic that can be daunting without the right guidance.
2. Too Young to Be Old: Love, Learn, Work and Play as You Ageby Nancy K. Schlossberg
Author Nancy Schlossberg’s upbeat guide to mindful aging reminds us that it’s never too late for self-improvement. If you’re looking for ideas around positive aging and lifelong learning, “Too Young to Be Old” is an ideal handbook, especially for readers who are struggling to come to terms with aging.
The book is filled with information and guidance to help you embrace change, enhance your coping skills and better handle intimacy. This is not just a how-to either; the advice is backed by psychological theories that provide a deeper understanding of our motivations.
3. I’ve Decided to Live 120 Yearsby Ilchi Lee
While many of the best aging-related books of 2017 about aging focus on aspects such as health, financial longevity or lifestyle, Ilchi Lee’s “I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years” is centered on a mindset that will help you to live out your years in a mindful way.
With actionable advice and impactful words of wisdom, this book is a must-read for anyone who feels as though they’re working toward a better existence. (In other words, pretty much anyone). Within its pages, readers can find meaning and purpose that will guide them in planning for the future.
4. Enlightened Agingby Eric B. Larson, MD A well-rounded guide to a successful life in the later years, “Enlightened Aging” provides readers with a roadmap to resilience that can help make you happier, healthier and more social as you age. The book features several real-life examples from the author’s study subjects, and you just might recognize yourself in one of their stories.
With a mix of science and advice, this book outlines a path toward happiness that includes strong relationships with health care providers, a community of supportive and helpful friends and a trove of resources that can make all the difference in the years past 60.
5. Just Move! A New Approach to Fitness After 50by Jim Owen It’s well known that staying active after 50 is important to longevity and good health, but author Jim Owen’s book gives a practical, step-by-step guide to make that happen. The book teaches you how to combat daily aches and stiffness while also building strength in a safe, measured way.
Proving that 70 is not too late to get started toward better fitness, Owen – who’s now 76 and started at that age himself – also provides the extra inspiration many of us sometimes need to invest in our health and to keep going. No matter what your current level of physical activity is, this guide can get you moving more and feeling better.
6. Mindful Aging: Embracing Your Life After 50 to Find Fulfillment, Purpose, and Joyby Andrea Brandt
Many of the best aging-related books of 2017 offer advice on enjoying the later years, but this guide from aging expert and psychotherapist Andrea Brandt takes that concept one step further. Want to learn the tools for embracing aging and charting your own path to a purposeful life? This book can be your roadmap.
Using helpful exercises and inspiring stories from real people, the book is designed to motivate readers to dig deeply and find the inner strength to achieve the love and joy they seek. Life does not wane after 50, the author writes. In fact, it can pick up speed toward a positive destination.
7. Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joyby Thomas Moore Have you ever heard someone described as having an “old soul”? It usually means that the person is wise or solemn beyond his or her years. In bestselling author Thomas Moore’s new book, he suggests working toward an ageless soul, which is both wise and young at heart.
The book guides readers through the different stages of aging. Among the topic covered are ways to process difficult feelings and how to seize opportunities to learn new things and connect with others as you age. Grounded in psychological research and personal reflections, Moore encourages readers to break the shackles of what society tells us is “appropriate” for the older crowd and instead embrace a life with no age-related rules.