Books We’ve Enjoyed

Books We’ve Enjoyed

Many books come our way, and here are a few that we have enjoyed!

 In “Life Gets Better: The Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older”,  author Wendy Lustbader, (who has worked for several decades as a social  worker specializing in aging issues), conducted first-hand research  with older adults in all walks of life.   She found overwhelmingly that  they spoke of the mental and emotional richness they have drawn from  aging; and rather than experiencing a decline from youth, aging people  were happier, more courageous and more interested in being true to their  inner selves than were young people she interviewed.  A good  counter-balance to the “fear of aging” stereotypes in the media. 

 “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World”,  by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas  Abrams. (2016). 
This book is a record of the unprecedented week that  these two spiritual luminaries spent together to celebrate the Dalai  Lama’s 80th birthday.  The book offers a chance to listen in as they  humbly explore how they have developed lives of peace, courage and joy  despite experiencing severe challenges of loss, violence and oppression  in their lifetimes. 

 “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters Most”,  by Atul Gawande  (2014)           
This book was an honest recognition by a medical doctor that  the medical profession has not always considered the human and personal  needs of the patient when wanting to use the doctor’s knowledge and  skill to “cure” or at least alleviate the maladies that afflict us as  patients, especially in the later years of life.  It gave me hope that  there are some who are recognizing the importance of giving patients all  their options and the subsequent consequences of each.  It is also a  reminder to us as patients and/or potential patients that we are the  ones who need to let doctors know what we want to be able to do in our  life while living with whatever disease or condition we happen to have.    Very readable and encouraging! (from Linda M., Wellness Specialist)            

 "The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk and Adventure in the 25 Years after 50", by Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot.

In this book, the author talks about revisiting paths not  taken in earlier years, and about being open to new adventures rather  than staying purely in your comfort zone as you grow older. 

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