12 Great Books on Our Agile Aging Bookshelf

It’s time to share.  I love books, and over the years have way more than I can store in my office or home library or garage.  So I weed them out when I can and keep only the very best close by, the ones I refer to again and again. Sometimes for information, sometimes for inspiration, and always with admiration to those who have shared so much of their life’s work with us.

Here are twelve of my favorites. What are yours? Please share in the comments below.

Beautiful Body Beautiful Mind: the power of positive imagery by Eric Franklin, Princeton Book Co., 2009.

The Brain That Changes Itself: stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science by Norman Doidge, MD., Penguin Books, 2007.

Fallproof: a comprehensive balance and mobility training program 2d by Debra J. Rose, Human Kinetics, 2009.

Fourfold Path To Healing: working with the laws of nutrition, therapeutics, movement and meditation in the art of medicine by Thomas Cowan, MD, Sally Fallon, Jaimen McMillan, New Trends Publishing, 2004.

Getting Old by Rudolf Steiner, Mercury Press, 2009.

How Life Moves: explorations in meaning and body awareness by Caryn McHose, Kevin Frank, North Atlantic Books, 2006

How To Dance Forever: surviving against the odds by Daniel Nagrin, Quill-William Morrow, 1988.

How To Prevent Falls: better balance, independence and energy in 6 easy steps by Betty Perkins-Carpenter, PhD, Senior Fitness Productions 2006.

Movement with Meaning: a multi-sensory program for individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s Disease by Barbara Larsen, Health Professions Press, 2006.

Parkinson’s Disease and the Art of Moving by John Argue, New Harbinger Publications, 2000.

Thriving After Breast Cancer: essential healing exercises for body and mind by Sherry Lebed Davis, Broadway Books, 2002.

Younger Next Year: live strong, fit and sexy until you’re 80 or beyond by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, 2007.

3 thoughts on “12 Great Books on Our Agile Aging Bookshelf

  • March 25, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    The Fulfillment of Old Age, Norbert Glas.
    Wonderful book about the transformation into soul qualities of our senses (all 12!) as our physical senses become less strong.

    • March 25, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you, Joan, that’s a great recommendation. Can’t wait to get a copy. – Valerie

  • March 27, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    From “The Fulfilment of Old Age” (out of print but worth a search) “Dr. Glas discusses with warmth and candor the onset of old age and the changes in the physical body and senses that occur. He works toward establishing an awareness of the spirit that can increasingly shine through as the physical forces gradually wear themselves out. He offers an inspiring message to the elderly: growing old can become a light-filled culmination of their lives, in personal satisfaction and happiness, and in finding their proper places in society. What Dr. Glass has to say will also be interesting to the young and middle-aged and will help create better understanding between young and old, leading to a fuller participation in life’s relationships.”


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