I don't know about you, but when I encounter the unknown or embark on a new experience, I am all about research. For something simple, I might limit my quest to a Google search or checking Wikipedia. But when it's something big, I like to dig in and gather more knowledge - that means reading a book (or two or three).
As my parents began to reach their 60s, then 70s and had some health issues and life changes, I looked to the library and book store to help me understand what they were going through.
If your parents are older (in need of assisted living) or you yourself are on the cusp of your golden years, any one of these books are going to be helpful.
Top 10 Books Critical to Healthy Aging
Topic: Healthy Aging
Aging Wisely Strategies for Baby Boomers and Seniors by Dr. Robert Levine
This practical guide explains in layman's terms what happens to our bodies and minds as we age. Levine offers advice to maximize quality of life through a positive attitude about aging.
Healthy Aging - A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Beingby Andrew Weil, MD
This is a nice book because it's informative yet short at let than 70 pages. For seniors that don't exercise regularly or eat healthy, this is a quick-start guide to help you build healthier habits ASAP.
The Longevity Project - Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight Decade Studyby Howard S Friedman and Leslie R Martin
This is a heftier read, but well worth it as it reveals results from an 80 year study on aging that shows what lifestyle factors promote longevity including marital status, mental outlook and employment.
Live Long, Die Short - A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging by Roger LandryThis popular book is based on a groundbreaking study on aging that found that daily lifestyle choices can drastically improve quality of life and enjoy a more fulfilling life as we age.
Topic: The Brain and Aging
Transforming Your Aging Brain with the Multi-Modal Method by Linda Stoler and Gretchen Espenetti PhDThis is a manual style book that advises those 50+ how to best maintain cognitive and social/emotional health, retain memory and mental well-being. This is a fun read that explains the science of the brain.
The Mature Mind - The Positive Power of the Aging Brain by Gene CohenPsychiatrist and gerontologist Cohen shows how changes to brain chemistry as we age can enhance rather than limit us. Based in neuroscience, it shows how old dogs can learn new tricks.
The Better Brain Book - The Best Tool for Improving Memory and Sharpness and Preventing Aging of the Brain by David Perlmutter and Carol ColmanFamed neurologist Perlmutter explains that memory loss does not have to accompany aging and explains how to train your brain through cognitive workouts and nutrition for brain health.
Topic: Exercise and Aging
Fitness Over Fifty - An Exercise Guide from the National Institute on AgingThe book explains how regular exercise keeps you healthy and independent. More than 200 photos show you how to move your body to optimize health and a DVD accompanies the guide as well.
Move with Balance - Healthy Aging Activities for Brain and Body by Karen Peterson, MA.Improve alertness and reduce the risk of falls. Includes links to more than 60 online videos to explore.
The New Yoga for Healthy Aging - Living Longer, Living Stronger and Loving Every Day by Suza FrancinaA step-by-step instructional for yoga for those age 60 and older. Moves are designed to help combat chronic pain, arthritis, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, osteoporosis and hip fractures.
In addition to reading up on these topics, another thing to think about are living arrangements. If maintaining your own home has become a burden, consider Fred Lind Manor.
We offer independent and assisted living to keep you healthy and happy! Come for a tour and check out our beautiful facility in Capitol Hill, just outside Seattle, WA.