June 29, 2015

Books on aging and resilience

These  and other similar resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

Resilience and aging : research and practice
 Book review
An outstanding contribution to the scanty literature that addresses the intersection of resiliency and aging. Dr. Lavretsky does an excellent job of discussing the interrelatedness of resiliency neurobiology with psychological, social, cultural, religious, and spiritual dimensions. Accessible, original, and well sourced, Resilience and Aging will be of great interest to aging adults and professional caregivers alike.
(Gregory L. Fricchione, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital)

Great myths of aging
Great Myths of Aging looks at the generalizations and stereotypes associated with older people and, with a blend of humour and cutting-edge research, dispels those common myths. * Reader-friendly structure breaks myths down into categories such as Body, Mind, and Living Contexts; and looks at myths from Older people lose interest in sex to Older people are stingy * Explains the origins of myths and misconceptions about aging * Looks at the unfortunate consequences of anti-aging stereotypes for both the reader and older adults in society
What are old people for? : How elders will save the world

topics include :Aged - Social conditions
Aged - Care
Old age
Longevity - Social aspects
Intergenerational relations
Social participation


Live happier, live longer
Packed full of practical information and inspirational examples, Live Happier, Live Long will be the ultimate guide to achieving happiness for Australia's 3 million people over 65.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics there are more than 3 million Australians over the age of 65, and this number is only going to grow (in fact it's the fastest growing demographic in Australia). Thanks to compulsory superannuation many of these older Australians are relatively well prepared financially. However few, if any, are adequately prepared psychologically!

The good news is that many older Australians are well educated and keen to take the initiative in looking after themselves and keeping fit and healthy so as to continue living a full and rich life.

In Live Happier Live Longer Dr Sharp focuses on the key things people can do to increase their happiness and wellbeing as they get older, from emphasizing the importance of positive thinking and the benefits of physical activity, sleep and relaxation to the practical benefits of continuing to strive towards motivating goals. With loneliness a major issue amongst the elderly, he also provides tips on keeping in contact with family and friends, as well as making new friendships.

This is the perfect book for anyone over 50 who wants to live a long and happy life.
Second Wind : Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life
When you begin to feel that the life you have been living is out of balance; when the need to perform, to hurry, and to acquire is no longer compelling. It’s like the moment when your favourite tennis shoes start to give you blisters. The way you’ve been living your adult life doesn’t fulfil you anymore.

Dr. Bill Thomas, one of the most innovative thinkers in medicine, explains that a new life phase is beginning to emerge within our society. When the Baby Boom generation came of age in the 1960s and 1970s, they jump-started a cultural revolution that shaped today’s society. Now, many feel they are living a life of frenzied disharmony. This out-of-balance feeling is a signal that you are ready for your second coming of age, your life beyond adult­hood. Second Wind illuminates how to recognize and navigate the most challenging and fulfilling developmental stage of life.

Life can and should be reimagined. New ways of living and working are waiting to be discovered on the far side of adulthood. Dr. Thomas treats the Baby Boom generation as he would one of his patients, sympathetically exploring its history before recommending a path toward a life rich with developmental opportunities. Predicting that Boomers will choose the path of the Denialist, the Realist, or the Enthusiast, he discusses the behav­iors and attitudes that will provide new and more nourishing fuel for the rest of life’s journey: hope and a renewed sense of all that is possible.

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