Suggested Reading

Articles 

At 75 Taking Care of Mom– NY Times article on the realities of “aging together” when aging children care for aging parents.

How To Be A Better Caregiver When Your Loved One Is Sick – None of us are prepared to be caregivers — the role is thrust upon us. More than 40 million Americans are caring for an elderly parent or loved one. Here are six tips to make the caregiving burden more sustainable.

Dispelling the Myths of Aging – Is it inevitable that you’ll lose health and vitality as you age? Not necessarily, says mind-body health expert Joan Borysenko. Here’s her advice for finding value in your elder years.

Best Websites For Positive Aging & Retirement – The following list of sites (compiled at the end of 2018) focuses on education and sharing information about positive aging and retirement.  They also offer current and interesting news on an ongoing basis.  None of them are commercially focused.  Perhaps best of all, they are interesting, fun and informative to read.

The Aging of the Mid-Hudson Valley – A new report shines a light on the region’s rapidly aging population, prompting questions about how to make communities more age-friendly.

Tips for Managing Mental Health During COVID-19 – During this time of physical distancing and uncertainty, many older adults and caregivers are feeling isolated, lonely, agitated, and withdrawn. Relieving stress and anxiety is also critically important now. Click the link for seven tips that all of us can use as we navigate these uncertain times.

Staying Connected to Combat Depression – As people age they often find themselves spending more time at home alone. This can affect your health and well-being. Learn if you might be at risk and how to stay connected.

Coping with Stress During COVID-19 – The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

A Guide for Seniors On Coping During Coronavirus – While public health experts agree that self-isolation and social distancing during this time is extremely important, they’re also worried about the toll it can take on seniors’ mental health and well-being. Let’s be honest: it’s probably going to be tough. But here are some tips for surviving — hopefully, even thriving — while stuck at home.

Books

Atual Gawande’s Being Mortal “Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should. Riveting, honest, and humane, Being Mortal shows that the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life – all the way to the very end.”

Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward “Its message is straightforward and bracing: the spiritual life is not static. You will come to a crisis in your life, and after the crisis, if you are open to it, you will enter a space of spiritual refreshment, peace and compassion that you could not have imagined before.”