Our Picks

As the aging population grows, so does the plentiful stream of writing, film, Internet, data, audio, and other resources about being and becoming older. Here are a few of our favorites on topics we have explored in our programs:

Places We Call Home & the Impact on Healthy Aging

Please enjoy the following resources as part of our inquiry into the 2023-2024 season topic of, Exploring Healthy Aging in the Places We Call Home: From a Piece of Nature to Our Bodies…

These resources are coming soon!

The Human-Animal Bond & Healthy Aging

Please enjoy the following resources as part of our inquiry into the health benefits of human-animal relationships, a topic we explored at ‘Creature Comforts’ the 4th annual agein…

Our Symphony with Animals, by Aysha Akhtar, M.D.
A deeply affecting book that sheds light on how far animals will go to help us, and how much better we need to treat them in return.

Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live, by Allen M. Schoen, D.V.M., M.S.
A book sharing the vision for a society in which we cease to be owner and pet, human and animal, but are simply respected companions connected by an inimitable bond–Kindred Spirits.

The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human, by Vint Virga, D.V.M.
A veterinarian and veterinary behaviorist delves into the inner lives of animals and explores the relationships we forge with them.

Made For Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond, by Meg Daley Olmert
A novel showing the roots of the age-old bond between humans & animals and its great importance to our well-being.

Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives, by Jane Miller
A testimony to the transformative benefits of the human-animal bond for our wounded minds and hearts. 

Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health,by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D. and Kathryn Bowers
A revelatory depiction of what animals can teach us about the human body and mind, exploring how animal and human commonality can be used to diagnose, treat, and heal patients of all species.

Life on All Fours, by David Fredrickson
A love story framed by loss and narrated by one whose four paws are firmly on the ground … two stories but one shared journey—a dog and a man, and the hearts they touch along the way.

The Physical & Emotional Work of being at Home with Growing Older

When Life Throws You Curveballs, Embrace the ‘New Normal,’  by Jane Brody
A brief but powerful essay about one’s approach to life, including one’s older life.

When Things Go Missing, by Kathryn Schulz
A longer, contemplative essay about loss.

Overflow, by Calvin Trillin
Brief and humorous, witty break from heavier aging matters.

Aging 2.0, from Metlife in conjunction with Louis Tenenbaum
A general guide to aging in place.

Lifelong Housing Certification Checklist, from Oregon Lifelong Housing
A checklist that you can use to ensure your home will work for you in the long term.

Fall Risk Assessment Tool, from Johns Hopkins University
A resource to ensure safety in homes, hospitals and other spaces.

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