HEALTH & WELL-BEING

In his book Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying, Ram Dass writes,

Getting old isn’t easy for a lot of us. Neither is living, neither is dying. We struggle against the inevitable and we all suffer because of it. We have to find another way to look at the whole process of being born, growing old, changing, and dying, some kind of perspective that might allow us to deal with what we perceive as big obstacles without having to be dragged through the drama.

 

RESOURCES

Current News

“Eye Scanner Can Detect Molecular Aging” — Medical News Today

“Genetic Study Links Blood Iron Levels With Ageing” — Technology Networks
(high levels of iron in the blood reduces healthy years of life)

“Immune Aging and How to Combat It” — Medical News Today (the relationship between inflammation and the immune system)

“Variety is the Spice of Life”combining both aerobic- and resistance-style exercise reduces obesity factor — Buck Institute blog post

“Boyfriends for rent, robots, camming: how the business of loneliness is booming” — The Guardian

Articles / Research

Gut Microbiome Improved on Mediterranean Diet, Linked to Healthy Aging” — Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

“Aging Out of the Mammogram”
— New York Times

“How to Boost Immune Response to Vaccines in Older People” — Science Daily

“Turning Back the Clock on Aging Cells”  — New York Times

“There’s More Than One Way to Age. How Are You Doing It?” — Los Angeles Times

“Resolving to eat better in 2020?”
— Dan Winer, Buck Institute

“Why We Cant’ Tell the Truth About Aging”
A long life is a gift. But will we really be grateful for it — New Yorker magazine

“The Battle Against America’s Lonliness Crisis” — The Guardian

“After a Broken Bone, the Risk of a Second Fracture” Far too few patients are referred for treatment that could stave off another costly, debilitating and sometimes deadly fracture. — The New York Times

“Aging in Alaska isn’t that bad — even during a pandemic” — Anchorage Daily News

“A potential new treatment for premature aging diseases keeps stem cells fresh longer” — Massive Science

Books

Successful Aging; Daniel J. Levitin, 2020, Dutton Press

Elderhood; Louise Aronson, 2019, Bloomsbury Publishing

 Lifespan: Why We Age—and Why We Don’t Have to; David A. Sinclair, PhD, Matthew D. LaPlante, 2019, Atria Books

Old Man Country: My Search for Meaning Among the Elders; Thomas R. Cole, 2019, Oxford University Press

Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Wiser; Lewis Richmond, 2012, Avery (Penguin Books)

This Old Man: All in Pieces; Roger Angell, 2015, Doubleday

Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging; Alan D. Castel PhD. Copyright  © 2019 by Oxford University Press

Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being, Andrew Weil MD,  2007, Anchor Publishing

Act 3: The Art of Growing Older, Judy Reith and Adrain Reith, 2020, Unbound

Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying, Ram Dass, 2001, Riverhead Books

Video

Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner share the secrets of their 70-year friendship

The Alliance on Aging Research (A video library of many health issues common to aging)

The Upsides of Getting Old (Some positive thoughts from residents at the Hebrew Home in Riverdale, NY; from The Atlantic)

How to Live Passionately—No Matter Your Age, Isabel Allende, TED talk

Bruce Springsteen and the Art of Aging

What the happiest Springsteen album in decades can teach us about Joe Biden, the wisdom of maturity, and the meaning of life — The Atlantic

And, below, an interview with Bruce on Skavlan TV, sharing his thoughts on turning 70.