Given my passion for eldercare issues, I get lots of recommendations from friends and family on aging and caregiving-related books I should read. I typically turn them down because I write about these things every day, and I find that I need some distance from “all things aging.”
However, I am still interested in what’s out there on the subject, so a recent tweet linking to a Goodreads.com list caught my eye: “Karen’s bookshelf,” comprised of 72 books on aging. (Check them out here.)
Among them were some of the more widely-known books on the subject, namely Gail Sheehy’s Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence, Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie, and Jane Gross’s A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents — and Ourselves.
I was glad to see some fiction too, like Lisa Genova’s Still Alice, about a woman living with early-onset Alzheimer’s, and two personal favorites of mine, Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, and Florida Scott Maxwell’s The Measure of My Days.
I was also thrilled to see David Snowdon’s book on his famous Nun Study research work, and our good friend Dale Carter’s Transitioning Your Aging Parent: A 5 Step Guide Through Crisis & Change. There were quite a few other titles that intrigued me, but of course, I’ll save the reading of those for the days when I’m not fully entrenched in elder care.
If blog posts and newspaper articles aren’t enough, or if you’re looking for a beach/poolside read that’s a bit more intellectually stimulating than a romance or the latest “chick lit” novel on the shelves, check out Karen’s Goodreads list, or consider some of the great caregiving books we’ve reviewed on our blog:
- Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner’s Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America
- How We Love Now: Sex and the New Intimacy in Second Adulthood
- The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook
- Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud About Senior Sex
- 30 Lessons for Living: Tried & True Advice from the Wisest Americans
- Keeping Mum: Caring for Someone with Dementia
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: The Caregiver’s Complete Survival Guide
What books on aging or caregiving do you recommend?