Successful Aging

Life expectancy has increased in part because middle age and older adults are taking better care of themselves which, along with advancements in medicine, has contributed to longer lives. But these changes alone don’t mean one will age successfully.  Aging successfully is about more than just living longer. 

Successful aging is the process of growing older while maintaining good physical health, high cognitive and mental functioning, as well as strong social relationships and active engagement with life. Financial health and stability is also a very important aspect of successful aging.

In a program entitled  “Positive Aging: How to Protect Health, Wealth and Independence With Proactive Planning” on April 6 at 11am,  join us for an informative discussion led by senior care professionals, who will address meaningful ways to prepare for a fun and productive retirement by showing you how to plan ahead to preserve financial resources and prevent medical emergencies.

Experts Lisa Bayer, J.D., CCM (LMR Elder Care), Randi Brokman, MSW (Homewatch Caregivers), and Donna Plotnick, CDP (Senior Living Partners) will discuss tips to preserve quality of life and avoid medical and financial chaos.

This program is free and open to all; no registration is required.

Here are some books available with your Livingston Library card that will empower you with useful advice, tips and strategies on managing your health and finances so as to ensure a stable, peaceful and joyful second half of your life.

Ageproof : How To Live Longer Without Breaking A Hip, Running Out Of Money, Or Forgetting Where You Put It–The 8 Secrets by Jean Chatzky

All the money in the world doesn’t mean a thing if we can’t get out of bed. And the healthiest body in the world won’t stay that way if we’re frazzled about five figures worth of debt. Today Show financial expert Jean Chatzky and the Cleveland Clinic’s chief wellness officer Dr. Michael Roizen explain the vital connection between health and wealth–giving readers all the tactics, strategies, and know-how to live longer, healthier, more lucrative lives.

The 5 Years Before You Retire : Retirement Planning When You Need It The Most by Emily Guy Birken

From taking advantage of the employer match your company offers for your 401k to enrolling in Medicare to discussing housing options with your family, you are completely covered on every aspect of retirement planning. These straightforward strategies explain in detail how you can make the most of your last few years in the workforce and prepare for the future you’ve always wanted.

From Strength To Strength : Finding Success, Happiness, And Deep Purpose In The Second Half Of Life by Arthur C. Brooks

At the height of his career at the age of 50, Arthur Brooks embarked on a seven-year journey to discover how to transform his future from one of disappointment over waning abilities into an opportunity for progress. Drawing on social science, philosophy, biography, theology, and eastern wisdom, as well as dozens of interviews with everyday men and women, Brooks shows us that true life success is well within our reach. By refocusing on certain priorities and habits that anyone can learn, such as deep wisdom, detachment from empty rewards, connection and service to others, and spiritual progress, we can set ourselves up for increased happiness.

Genius Foods : Become Smarter, Happier, And More Productive While Protecting Your Brain For Life by Max Lugavere

Discover the critical link between your brain and the food you eat and change the way your brain ages, in this cutting-edge, practical guide to eliminating brain fog, optimizing brain health, and achieving peak mental performance.  Weaving together pioneering research on dementia prevention, cognitive optimization, and nutritional psychiatry, Lugavere distills groundbreaking science into actionable lifestyle changes.

How To Make Your Money Last : The Indispensable Retirement Guide by Jane Bryant Quinn

Quinn tells you how to squeeze a higher income from all your assets–including your social security account (get every dollar you’re entitled to), a pension (discover whether a lump sum or a lifetime monthly income will pay you more), your home equity (sell, rent, or take a reverse mortgage?), savings (how to use them safely to raise your monthly income), retirement accounts (invest the money for growth in ways that let you sleep at night), and–critically–how much of your savings you can afford to spend every year without running out. 

Keep Sharp : Build A Better Brain At Any Age by Sanjay Gupta

Dr. Gupta offers insights from top scientists all over the world, whose cutting-edge research can help you heighten and protect brain function and maintain cognitive health at any age. The book debunks common myths about aging and cognitive decline, explores whether there’s a “best” diet or exercise regimen for the brain, and explains whether it’s healthier to play video games that test memory and processing speed, or to engage in more social interaction.

100 Days To A Younger Brain : Maximize Your Memory, Boost Your Brain Health And Defy Dementia by Sabina Brennan

An easy program of one-a-day exercises to assess your brain health, improve your memory, protect your brain from cognitive decline and slow the effects of dementia.

Radical Longevity : The Powerful Plan To Sharpen Your Brain, Strengthen Your Body, And Reverse The Symptoms Of Aging by Ann Louise Gittleman

Nutritionist Gittleman offers strategies for answering the “distress calls” that bodies issue before progressing into illness and disease in this innovative guide. Rather than taking an “anti aging” approach, Gittleman breaks down the science behind aging, and her advice comes in three parts: the first introduces her seven rules for longevity, which focus on immunity, minerals, and “the gut-brain connection.” Part two tackles environmental toxins and offers a meal plan consisting of unprocessed foods, and the final section covers brain, heart, and joint health. 

Successful Aging : A Neuroscientist Explores The Power And Potential Of Our Lives by Daniel J. Levitin

 Levitin turns his keen insights to what happens in our brains as we age; why we should think about health span, not life span; and, based on a rigorous analysis of neuroscientific evidence, how you can make the most of your seventies, eighties, and nineties today, no matter how old you are now.

What The Happiest Retirees Know : 10 Habits For A Healthy, Secure, And Joyful Life by Wes Moss

 Whether you’re already retired or just starting to make plans, these 10 simple actions and attitudes can make a profound difference in every aspect of your life. The book is packed with hard-won wisdom and invaluable advice on how to make little changes now that will have the biggest impact later. It’s filled with proven ways to develop smarter habits with: Money (“Think river, not reservoir”); Family (“Get your kids off your payroll”); Housing (“Live mortgage-free”); Investing (“Be a tomorrow investor”); Spending (“Be pound wise-so you can be penny foolish”); and much more.

Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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