I hope folks are enjoying ChangingAging’s new design and features. Our Submissions Page is now live and ready to accept guestblog submissions, Journey stories and your Questions. I’m going to kick things off with a question of my own that I hope the ChangingAging community can help me with.
This week I received a guestblog submission from a wonderful ChangingAging reader who is writing a book on graceful aging and submitted a post listing her Top 15 Books on Aging. I was so excited to receive one of our first submissions that it was truly upsetting when I realized I had to reject it.
The description of her book on graceful aging sounded wonderful, with a great focus on the positive aspects of aging, meaningful living and legacy. However, when I took a look at her top 15 books I realized that every book on her list was about life extension, anti-aging strategies and longevity.
Now, several of her picks are great books, such as aging-guru Robert N. Butler’s “The Longevity Prescription: The 8 Proven Keys to a Long, Healthy Life,” or “The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest” by Dan Buettner. But the bulk of the list are books I would only post on ChangingAging to criticize for their obsession with superficial youth, such as Ageless Face, Ageless Mind: Erase Wrinkles and Rejuvenate the Brain by Dr. Nicholas Perricone or the dubious RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be?, part of the RealAge.com website that operates as a front for the Pharmaceutical Industry to collect consumer information (with backing by Oprah and Dr. Oz).
I emailed the reader explaining my thoughts and asked for her feedback (I’m waiting for a reply). I explained that our mission at ChangingAging is to counter society’s obsession and worshiping of youth. We believe this obsession with youth has many negative consequences on society, one of which is that the worth of people is largely determined by their apparent youthfulness. Rather than focus on how to “retain youth”, we are trying to change the way society views aging to become more accepting of old age and more open to the positive attributes of aging.
Which leads to my two-part question:
1) Do you think I did the right thing rejecting this guest post?
2) What are the best Pro-Aging books that we should be featuring on ChangingAging? We’ve been compiling a Top 50 Pro-Aging book list and would love to hear what you’re reading. Take a look below and let us know what we’re missing — we have a few slots open.
- Abrahams, Ruby, At the End of the Day
- Butler, Robert, N, Why Survive?: Being Old in America
- Butler, Robert, N, The Longevity Revolution: The Benefits and Challenges of Living a Long Life
- Chittister, Joan, The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully
- Cohen, Gene, D., The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential In The Second Half Of Life
- Cohen, Gene, D., The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain
- Dass, Ram, Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying
- Fischer, Kathleen, Winter Grace: Spirituality and Aging
- Freedman, Marc, The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife
- Friedan, Betty, The Fountain of Age
- Fry, Prem, S., Keyes, Corey L.M., New Frontiers in Resilient Aging: Life-Strengths and Well-Being in Late Life
- Graydon, Shari, I Feel Great About By Hands: And Other Unexpected Joys of Aging
- Green, Brent, Generation Reinvention
- Grossman, I.Michael, Coming to Terms with Aging
- Hanson, Amy, Baby Boomers and Beyond: Tapping the Ministry Talents and Passions of Adults over 50
- Heilbrun, Carolyn G., The Last Gift of Time:Life Beyond Sixty
- Hill, Robert D, Seven Strategies for Positive Aging
- Hurd, Clarke, Laura, Facing Age: Women Growing Older in Anti-Aging Culture
- Jackman, Elspeth, Enjoying Later Life (Making a Difference)
- Lustbader,MSW, Wendy, Life Gets Better
- Martz, Sandra, Grow Old Along with Me, The Best Is Yet to Be
- Matzkin, Alice, The Art of Aging: Celebrating the Authentic Aging Self
- Moody, PhD,Harry and Carroll, David, The Five Stages of the Soul: Charting the Spiritual Passages That Shape Our Lives
- Moody, Harry PhD and Sasser, Jennifer, Aging: Concepts and Controversies
- Morgan, PhD, Leslie A., and Kunkel PhD, Suzanne R., Society, and the Life Course, Fourth Edition
- Morganroth Gullette, Margaret, Agewise: Fighting the New Ageism in America
- Morganroth, Gullette, Margaret, Aged by Culture
- Nelson, Todd D., Ageism: Stereotyping and Prejudice against Older Persons
- Nouwen, Henri, J.M., Gaffney, Walter, J Aging: The Fulfillment of Life
- Plotkin, Bill, Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World
- Powell, Jason, Gilbert, Tony, Aging Identity: A Dialogue with Postmodernism
- Reid, Eve, Fearless Aging: A Journey of Self Discovery, Soul Work and Empowerment
- Rich, Cynthia, MacDonald, Barbara, Look Me in the Eye: Old Women, Aging and Ageism
- Richmond, Lewis, Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser
- Rohr, Richard, Falling Upward:A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
- Sarton, May, As We Are Now
- Sarton, May, Encore: A Journal of the Eightieth Year
- Schachter-Shalomi, Zalman, Miller, Ronald, Age-ing to Sage-ing
- Thomas, William H M.D., What Are Old People For
- Thomas, William H M.D., In The Arms of Elders
- Thomason, Sally Palmer, Living Spirit of the Crone: Turning Aging Inside Out
- Walker, Smith, J. and Clurman, Ann, Generation Ageless: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Live Today….And They’re Just Getting Started
- Weintraub, Arlene, Selling the Fountain of Youth: How the Anti-Aging Industry Made a Disease Out of Getting Old-And Made Billions
- Williamson, Marianne, The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife