Healthy Aging Book Club

I encourage you to find these books at your local public library or order them at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Anticancer has been a bestselling phenomenon. Dr. Servan-Schreiber offers tips on how people living with cancer can fight it and how healthy people can prevent it. The book includes: the latest research on anticancer foods and a handy shopping list; mind-body approaches to stress reduction; and environmental sources of concern. A groundbreaking study found that lifestyle modification, as proposed in Anticancer, reduces mortality for breast cancer by an astounding 68 percent after completion of treatment.

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“This book fills a tremendous void,” wrote E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., about the first edition of “I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!”  Ten years later, it still does. Dr. Amador’s research on poor insight was inspired by his attempts to help his brother Henry, who developed schizophrenia, accept treatment.  Like tens of millions of others diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Henry did not believe he was ill. “I Am Not Sick, I Don t Need Help!” is not just a reference for professionals. It is a must-read guide for family members whose loved ones are battling mental illness. Read and learn as have hundreds of thousands of others…to LEAP Listen, Empathize, Agree, and Partner and help your patients and loved ones accept the treatment they need.

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So you thought you’d never live with Mom again? Think again. As the population ages, many families have an elder parent or loved one move in with them. Yet making room–physically, emotionally, and financially–can be challenging. This book helps family members anticipate the far-reaching implications such a move can have on every aspect of a family’s life. The reader will learn how to: Assess the pros and cons of an aging parent moving in; Anticipate and avoid possible pitfalls; Streamline and smooth the transition; Manage and protect everyone’s assets; Create a new family dynamic without destroying your marriage and other family relationships. With personal stories, case studies, and expert quotes, this book offers families the skills and strategies they need for an easy and harmonious transition.

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As one of the country’s leading proponents of integrative-medicine (combining the best of traditional and alternative therapeutic practices), Dr. Weil encourages aging gracefully through his “12-point program” that focuses on proper nutrition, moderate exercise, meditation and rest. Unlike some physicians who may avoid these topics, Dr. Weil addresses the spirituality of aging and its emotional aspects. “Aging can bring frailty and suffering, but it can also bring depth and richness of experience, complexity of being, serenity, wisdom, and its own kind of power and grace,” he writes. Candid about his own aging process and the legacy of his late 93-year-old mother (who is touchingly eulogized by Weil in this book), Healthy Aging is a must read for those searching for holistic guidance from an expert.

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frontcover-whiteOASIS in the Overwhelm introduces four specific strategies that are practical, easy to learn, take only sixty seconds, and designed to help busy people be more effective and happier at work and at home. Executive Coach and Clinical Instructor at the Yale School of Medicine Millie Grenough developed the strategies after her own near-death accident. OASIS tells her story, stories of her clients, and offers the latest results of scientific research that demonstrate the power to re-wire our brains towards greater health and happiness.

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The ultimate guide and companion for anyone who wants to record the story of his or her life or that of a loved one.  Have you ever wondered about an ancestor you know only as a compelling face in a faded family photograph? Imagine discovering an entire book on this ancestor’s life -one that described the world in which he lived and detailed his dreams, accomplishments, disappointments, and the accumulated wisdom of a lifetime. The Legacy Guide helps readers create such a book. Designed for writers and non-writers alike, it outlines a simple, intuitive, and highly flexible framework for turning your personal history-or that of a loved one-into a treasured family heirloom.

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2 thoughts on “Healthy Aging Book Club

  1. Hi Jan, I am thrilled to find you and am very impressed with you organzanization. I am a physical therapist with a PhD in Psychology. For the past 20 years I have specialized in working with the frail elderly and their families. My research and specialization is in the area of the brain chemistry of the aging adult, esplecially those with dementing disorders. Over the past two decades I have worked with hundreds aof patients and families, helping the elderly to remain as functional as possible and helping their families to make decisions that help create the best possible environments for doing so.

    I have just opened a Geriatric Care Consulting practice in Columbus, Ohio called Our Generations, LLC. My goal is to help families create safe enviornments which will allow their elderly loved ones to age in place for as long as possible. As you know, the need is overwhelming and the alternative is bleak.

    I commend your work and offer my time and expertise. Professionally, I have traveled and spoken widely on this subject. I have come to the conclusion that my audience should be the the public, the very people dealing with these issues on a daily basis, not healthcare professionals who may or may not take the time to integrate the information into their daily practice patterns.

    As a clinician and advocate I work one-on-one with families to guide them through the difficult process of caring for elderly parents. As a speaker and mentor, I reach a larger audience and help set the stage for greater awareness and willingness to address concerns before they become emergent.

    I will continue to follow your work and should you ever have need of my help or services in any way please do not hesitate to contact me. My website should be live very shortly at

    Thank you, Connie Lambert, PT, PhD

  2. jsimpson on said:

    Connie – I’m delighted to hear from you. Given your experience with seniors, may I suggest that you order a copy of my book Don’t Give Up on Me! (only available through this blog) and consider recommending it to your clients? Written for adult children, I take the reader through the last decade of life, not limiting the conversation to caregiving, and provide specific advice about issues that need to be addressed. I wish that I had been able to work with a geriatric care manager when I was supporting my own parents. Do keep in touch

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