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Aging in General

Perls, Thomas T., and Margery Hutter Silver, with John F. Lauerman. Living to 100: Lessons in living to your maximum potential at any age. NY: Basic Books, 1999.

Rowe, John W. and Robert L. Kahn. Successful aging. NY: Pantheon Books, 1998.

Caregiving and Care Receiving

Lustbader, Wendy. Counting on Kindness: The dilemmas of dependency. NY: Free Press, 1991.

Lustbader, Wendy, and Nancy R. Hooyman. Taking care of aging family members: A practical guide. Revised and expanded. NY: Free Press, 1994.

Mace, Nancy L. and Peter V. Rabins. The 36-hour day: A family guide to caring for persons with Alzheimer disease, related dementing illnesses, and memory loss in later life. Third Edition. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999. 

Poo, Ai-jen. The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America. NY, NY: The New Press, 2015. The author tells the story of her own family. She discusses the need for new policies and a change in how we value aging care.

Shulman, Bernard H., and Raeann Berman. How to survive your aging you and they can enjoy life.  Chicago: Surrey Books, 1988.

End of Life

Butler, Katy. Knocking at Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death. NY: Scribner, 2013. A combined memoir about the author's parents' deaths and investigative reporting. The author's father's suffering was prolonged by medical technology.

Gawande, Atul. BeingMortal: Medicine and What Happens in the End. Penguin Random House Canada, 2014. The goal should not be simply to prolong life, but to make the person's last weeks or months rich and dignified. 

Webb, Marilyn. The Good Death: The New American Search to Reshape the End of life. NY: Bantam Books, 1997. The author examines changes in the way Americans think about and confront death. Struggles over end-of-life decisions make death difficult.


Insuring the Essentials: Bob Ball on Social Security. A selection of articles and essays from 1942 through 2000 by Robert M. Ball.  Edited by Thomas N. Bethel. NY: Century Foundation Press, 2000.


Orbach, Susie. Fat is a feminist issue: A self-help guide for compulsive eaters. NY: Paddington Press Ltd., 1978.

Roizen, Michael F., with Elizabeth Anne Stephenson.  RealAge: Are you as young as you can be? NY, HarperCollins, 1999. 

Rossi, Alice S. (Ed.) Sexuality across the life course. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.


Puntenney, Deborah L. A guide to building sustainable organizations from the inside out: An organizational capacity building toolbox from the Chicago Foundation for Women. 146 pages. One to nine copies, $30.00 each (includes shipping and handling in the U.S.; Canadian orders add $3.00 per book.) Discounts available on larger orders. Order from ACTA Publications, 4848 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640. To order by credit card, phone 1-(800) 397-2282.


Polston, Betty L., with Susan K Golant. Loving midlife marriage: A guide to keeping romance alive from the empty nest through retirement. NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1999. 

Personal Development

Sheehy, Gail. New passages: Mapping your life across time. NY: Ballantine Books, 1995.

Sher, Barbara. It's only too late if you don't start now: How to create your second life at any age. NY: Dell Publishing, 1998.


Zemke, Ron, Claire Raines and Bob Filipczak. Generations at work: Managing the clash of Veterans, Boomers, Xers, and Nexters in your workplace. NY: AMACOM (American Management Association), 2000.


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