Books to Embrace Aging

Group of older adults smiling for the cameraMay is Older Americans Month and whether you are well into your years or not far along the aging spectrum, we can all embrace growing older. Recent life events, which included caring for my 98-year-old grandmother, have changed my perspective on life and aging. "Oma," as we called her, proved that even at ninety-eight one can experience "bucket list" dreams and bring joy to those around them. And she is not alone.  I recently watched a PBS Newshour segment about another special 98-year-old who started baking for friends and those in need. Check out Leo Kellner's heartwarming story for a dose of inspiration. For some great resources on aging visit KCLS's 50+. I've also come up with a mix of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir books to celebrate aging with. Enjoy!

Aging Gracefully

The faces and smiles photographed in this book of centenarians around the world made me smile.  Simply a beautiful book. Their stories and words of wisdom are a treat for readers of all ages.

O.J. in the Morning, G&T at Night

Hotchner, a nonagenarian, writes from experience and gives readers his wise and witty reflections and anecdotes on aging that will not only have you laughing out loud, but feeling "not unhappy" about aging. A fun read!

My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business

As a kid I loved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the zany professor played by Dick Van Dyke, but I never knew he was injured while filming the movie and told he'd be using a walker within seven years until I read this autobiography. Literally dancing into his ninth decade of life, what's his secret?  "Keep moving!" If you want a positive outlook on aging, this book is the perfect elixir.

Lighter as We Go

These two authors, both therapists, make the case that growing older can be a vital and meaningful time depending on what we bring to it. A motivational read.

Etta and Otto and Russell and James

Eighty-three-year-old Etta has always dreamed of seeing the ocean. This debut novel follows Etta's 2,232-kilometer journey which begins with Etta taking with her a rifle, some chocolate and books, and leaving behind a note for her husband, “I will try to remember to come back."  

A Man Called Ove

Ove is the epitome of the cantankerous older man people do their best to avoid. However, when I got to know Ove I found an endearing and quirky curmudgeon whose fictional story warmed my heart with a mix of humor and poignancy that left me laughing, crying and wanting to wrap my arms around him.

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