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Health & Wellness Resources For Seniors

I have a lifetime affinity for all things books, especially libraries and independent bookstores. I support where you can find many of my selections listed below. They donate part of their income to support small bookstores across the country.  You might also take a look at, which is an independent publishing company for “well-told stories for children.” Please, whenever possible, support your local bookstores and libraries. 



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“Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love.”




Aging, General

Sister Joan Chittister: The Gift of Years

Sara Davidson: The December Project

Kathleen Singh: The Grace in Aging: Awakening as You Grow Older

Mary Oliver: Upstream

Louise Aronson: Elderhood

Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalome: From Age-ing to Sage-ing, A Revolutionary Approach to Growing Older

Ram Dass: Still Here

Richard Leider: Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old?

Robert Weber: The Spirituality of Age

Ashton Applewhite: This Chair Rocks

Katherine Newman: “Downhill from Here” on retirement



Death & Dying

Katy Butler: The Art of Dying Well

Frank Ostaseski, The Five Invitations

BJ Miller: A Beginner’s Guide to the End

Sally Tisdale:  Advice for Future Corpses

Olivia Ames: Aging with Wisdom

Joan Halifax: Being with Dying

Stephen Levine: Who Dies & One Year to Live

Steven Jenkinson: Die Wise

Ram Dass: Walking Each Other Home, Conversations on Living and Dying

Kathy Kortes-Miller: Talking About Death Won’t Kill You

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Phone App: We Croak

 Grief & Loss

“Grief should be grieved rather than treated as a problem to be solved or done away with.”


Francis Weller, The Wild Side of Sorrow

Amy Levine: Final Wishes

Miriam Greenspan, Healing Through the Dark Emotions

Sameet Kumar, Grieving Mindfully

Meghan O’Rourke: Memoir of Learning to Live with Loss

Anne Lamott: Small Victories (on Grief & Gratitude)

Artal Gawande: Being Mortal

JoAnna Macy: “How Rilke Can Help Us Befriend our Mortality”


Below I offer some very special titles that are listed as “Children’s Books” but, as many in this category, they are written for all of us at all ages.  Many are illustrated and/or pop-up books and most are available through the Public Library.

 Michael Rosen: “Sad Book”

Stein Erik Linde: “My Father’s Arms are a Boat”

Bardus Oskarsson: “The Flat Rabbit”

David Mason: “Davey McGravy”

Maurice Sendak: “We are all in the Dumps with Jack & Guy”

Casey Rislov: “Love is Forever”

Pascal Girard: “Nicolas”

Katsumi Komagate: ” Little Tree

Buddhism & Mindfulness Meditation

James Baraz, Awakening Joy:  10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness

Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha; and True Refuge

Jon Kabat-Zinn: Wherever You Go, There You Are

Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

Pema Chodron, Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

Christina Feldman, Compassion: Listening to the Cries of the World

Henepola Gunaratana, Mindfulness in Plain English

Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life

Sharon Salzberg, The Force of Kindness: Change Your Life with Love and Compassion

Links for Meditation –  The Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA – Spirit Rock Retreat Center, Woodacre, CA – A retreat center in North Carolina – vast resource  on mindfulness meditation


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Health & Wellness Resources

Carol Krucoff: “Relax into Yoga for Seniors”

Mark Williams: “The Mindful Way Through Depression”

“All those who are unhappy in the world are so as a result of their desire for their own happiness. All those who are happy in the world are so as a result of their desire for the happiness of others.”
— Shantideva



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