A book prescription for ageing - everyone should enjoy a good later life, including good health, financial security, social connection and perhaps a purpose. These books on ageing bring hope and inspiration for those entering later life or for caretakers who are looking after the elderly.
The Art of Aging, A Doctor's Prescription for Well-Being (Non-fiction) by Sherwin B. Nulan
A beautiful book by Sherwin B Nuland that provides a profound insight into how old age is potentially the period at which we are the happiest, ageing gracefully, being more creative and embracing spirituality. It is a time of peacefully reflecting, accepting our life for what it is and perhaps enjoying the lifted burdens of earlier periods of our lives.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (Non-fiction) by Atul Gawande
For the scientifically minded, this book by Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon provides an overdue insight into the importance of dignity and conscientious care in the final years of a person's life is essential to enable them to live a great quality of life right to the end. The young, often in denial, overlook the simple comforts that can dramatically increase their longevity . We as a species need to do more to provide this.
Whilst a short book of only 150 pages, the book cleverly weaves together two stories - one that focuses on the perceptions on life of a man in his final years and those of his family friends, when an event happens where he is forced to reconsider everything he once thought true about himself. It is only at the end of the book, that the reader realises how obvious the second story was with easy to miss hints given throughout the book. However this only becomes clear in hindsight at the end of the book.The book certainly teaches us that our memories and recollections on life can be so different that even when we experience the same, we remember things differently. A beautiful, honest introspection on how our reflections at the end of life transform what we had one experienced, changing our memories forever. Reading this book makes us realise that this transformation of memories is perhaps quite common and maybe we are not alone in this experience.
What Are Old People For?: How Elders Will Save The World (Non-fiction) by William H Thomas
A book that celebrates old age. The value that older people bring is priceless and makes a case for officially recognising this and giving old people the significance and legitimacy they deserve. Great for people with ageing parents or those working in elderly care as well as the elderly who may be doubting their value and esteem.
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