Book Bag: Some New Titles To Snap Up
Book Bag: Some New Titles To Snap Up
April 13, 2022
Just in time to coincide with the arrival of spring weather (and perhaps even the beginning of vacation season) we have some new titles to recommend that address the experience of aging or are written by authors from their experiential wisdom (or personal life circumstances) they’ve acquired as they enter their later years. So grab a coffee, head outside and put in your tote bag (or upload onto your kindle) one of these:
Breaking The Age Code: How Your Beliefs About Aging Determine How Long and Well You Live By Dr. Becca Levy: A Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health and Professor of Psychology at Yale University, Dr. Levy is renowned for her work on the psychology of successful aging and how the internalization of negative beliefs about aging can itself cause physical health problems as we grow older. This book, just published by William Morrow, presents her ideas in a clear and comprehensible way, with stories of people who thrived due to their positive beliefs about aging and easy-to-follow techniques to help readers improve their own perspectives on the positive aspects of aging. Dr. Levy was recently interviewed by Judith Graham from Kaiser Health News and in that interview she made clear that “People’s beliefs about aging have a profound impact on their health, influencing everything from their memory and sensory perceptions to how well they walk, how fully they recover from disabling illness, and how long they live.”
The AgeTech Revolution: A Book about the Intersection of Aging and Technology By Keren Etkin: Published earlier this year, this book is by Dr. Etkin, who founded the website The Gerontechnologist, which focuses on any type of technology that improves the aging process. The book looks at today’s technologies to assist and enhance the lives of older adults and then looks into the future to see where tech innovation is heading. She presents real-life stories of entrepreneurs and older adults who are forging a valuable bond at the intersection of technology and aging. This is where the future is heading so it’s valuable for all of us to get a road map. You can listen to Dr. Etkin speak more about her work and book in this recent episode of The Retirement Wisdom podcast.
Not Too Old for That: How Women Are Changing the Story of Aging by Vicki Larson. This new book by journalist and author Vicki Larson focuses on the negative impact of ageism and outdated aging stereotypes, particularly as they affect older women. Larson declares that outdated, sexist narratives about older women are damaging to women’s physical, emotional, financial, romantic, and sexual health. She provides insights and ideas for women to buck conventional expectations in order to live joyfully and authentically as they grow older. You can read more of her writing on her personal blog here or take a look at her contributions to Medium here.
Left on Tenth: A Second Chance at Life: A Memoir by Delia Ephron. A renowned writer in her own right, as well as the writing partner of her sister Nora Ephron, 77-year-old Delia Ephron has been a successful author, screenwriter, and playwright in the course of her long, illustrious career. Weaving a tale of her own personal losses of her sister and husband with her by-chance meet up with a new romantic partner (along with her own harrowing cancer diagnosis), this new book by Ephron could have been the makings of a great rom-com movie, if only it hadn’t happened to her in real life. To find out more about the backstory to the book, her current life, and the now happy ending she lives, grab your tissues and read here.
Finally, if you’re still in the market for more new titles, take a look at this recent recommendation of 15 of the best books for seniors from Bookriot.