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What is your attitude to the aging process?

YPRL Staff

12 June, 2022

What is your attitude to the ageing process? Do you view it as a positive rite of passage or a negative situation that must be endured?  

At YPRL we think that ageing is a strength, and that living longer should be celebrated. Our elders are respected as vital members of society who continue to grow, thrive, and contribute.  We believe that every older person can make choices that allow them to continue growing, developing, and being able to do the things in life that are important to them.  

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (15 June) reminds us to remain focused on our elders, ensuring they can live a life of high quality, dignity, and maximum health. 

Here we highlight a small selection of our books, eBooks, eAudiobooks, and streaming films around the subjects of ageing well and positively. 

Age proof : the new science of living a longer and healthier life  

Rose Anne Kenny 

One of the world's leading scientists on ageing delivers a revealing and enjoyable account of what ageing is and how we can tackle its more serious side effects.  What does the latest science teach us that will help live longer, fitter, healthier and happier lives, deep into our later years? What is the role played by food, genetics, sex, physical exercise, cold water, childhood experiences, expectations, friendships, inequality, and much more?  


Successful aging : a neuroscientist explores the power and potential of our lives   

Daniel J. Levitin 

‘Successful Aging’ uses research to show that sixty-plus years is a unique developmental stage that, like infancy or adolescence, has its own demands and distinct advantages. Levitin looks at what we all can learn from those who age joyously, as well as how to adapt our culture to take full advantage of older people's wisdom and experience.  


The Ten Steps of Positive Ageing : A Handbook for Personal Change in Later Life  

Guy Robertson 

The Ten Steps of Positive Ageing provides a clear, practical road map for exerting more choice and control over the ageing process. Concentrating on the psychological and emotional aspects of getting older, and deploying a range of personal development techniques, The Ten Steps of Positive Ageing provides you with the keys to a happier and more fulfilled later life.  


A Lasting Conversation : Stories on Ageing 

Edited by Dr Susan Ogle, Melanie Joosten 

This book explores many aspects of ageing including resilience and defeat, satisfaction and regret, excitement and fear, love, loss, and laughter. These stories are written from various perspectives, including older women and men, their children, grandchildren, and observers. They present a fascinating picture of what it is to grow old as an Australian. Each story is infused with acute observations and wry humour.  


Not Fade Away : How to Thrive in Retirement  

Celia Dodd 

Retirement is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be yourself and do what you want to do. It offers new possibilities for personal growth through learning, retraining, travelling and friendship. But it is also one of the biggest transitions we face and brings huge psychological and emotional challenges. This book brings together expert advice and insights from people retiring now. ‘Not fade away’ inspires you to make up your own mind about your future.  


Yoga for Healthy Aging : A Guide to Lifelong Well-being  

Baxter Bell, MD, and Nina Zolotow. 

Yoga for Healthy Aging is an accessible and usable guide on how yoga can address concerns related to strength, flexibility, balance, agility, cardiovascular health, brain health, and stress management, among other issues. The authors offer you a safe, real-world yoga program to suit your particular needs. These short yoga practices allow you to focus on maintaining overall physical health and/or addressing target problem areas, such as digestion, cardiovascular health, or anxiety.  


Booming : A Life-changing Philosophy for Ageing Well 

Marcus Riley 

Ageing is one of humanity's greatest triumphs, yet the perception of `getting older' remains one of great negativity. An inspiring, achievable, and essential guide for people of all ages, ‘Booming’ is much more than a book - it's a life-changing philosophy that will help you fulfil your potential to live well, at a time when it matters most. 


Live Happier, Live Longer: Your guide to positive ageing and making the most of life 

Timothy Sharp 

eBook: read through BorrowBox!

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics there are more than 3 million Australians over the age of 65, and this number is only going to grow (in fact it's the fastest growing demographic in Australia). Dr Sharp focuses on the key things people can do to increase their happiness and wellbeing as they get older, from emphasising the importance of positive thinking and the benefits of physical activity, sleep, and relaxation, to the practical benefits of continuing to strive towards motivating goals. This is the perfect book for anyone over 50 who wants to live a long and happy life. 

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