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5 Books Anyone Over 60 Should Read

Mark Twain once said, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” So, while we don’t have a choice when it comes to getting older, we can choose to take the right approach. These five great books are must-reads for any over-60 wanting to change their attitude towards the golden years of life.

Old Age: A Beginner’s Guide by Michael Kinsley

This book is perfect for those of us who still feel like teenagers at heart. Michael Kinsley, Vanity Fair columnist and baby boomer, addresses the challenges we all face as we grow older, and offers a personal look into his own battle with Parkinson’s disease. This series of essays manages to put a humorous spin on grim subjects like illness and death.

This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite

It’s a sad reality of the world we live in that we will all experience ageism of one sort or another at least once in our lives. In this book, Applewhite looks at what is that has caused society’s negative view of ageing and what can be done to help debunk these damaging stereotypes and myths about the elderly.

Growing Older Without Feeling Old by Rudi Westendorp

Less than a century ago, life expectancy in the Western world was 40. Today, it’s 80. In Growing Older Without Feeling Old, geriatric medicine expert Rudi Westendorp explores what can be done to make our society more ageing-friendly, all while providing some great advice on how to spend your later years happier and healthier.

Better Than I Ever Expected by Joan Price

Let’s face it, there’s not a lot of information out there about sex over 60. That’s why, at 61 years old, Joan Price decided to write a bible for women wanting to reconnect with their sexuality in their golden years. Witty, honest and smart, Better Than I Ever Expected is filled with tips, advice and erotic anecdotes for lively 60-something women.

Fall In Love for Life by Barbara “Cutie” Cooper

These days, 73-month-long relationships seem pretty impressive, but what about 73 years? In this beautiful book, “Cutie” Cooper recounts her seven decades-long relationship with husband Harry Cooper, with whom she enjoyed the highest highs and the lowest lows, all the while remaining as in love as ever. Definitely one to pass on to the kids and grandkids.


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