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Annotated List of Resources

Ageless Lifestyles® Online Interviews about Aging (free) Ageless Lifestyles® has Dr. Brickey's interviews with more than 100 anti-aging experts. The interviews have a similar format to the interviews in this course. The free MP3s can be streamed or downloaded from There is a content index on the right side of the site.

Baker, Beth. The other green revolution: Homey alternatives to nursing homes. Ms Baker, author of Old Age in a New Age, discusses the Greenhouse and Eden Alternative movements to make nursing homes real homes.

Bellman, Barbara. You're Never Too Old to Flirt. Barbara Bellman, author of Flirting After Fifty, applies her marketing and branding skills to help us learn how women and men can flirt at 50, 60, and even 90 or 100.

Denker, Carol. Love and romance after 50. The author of Autumn Romance: Stories and Portraits of Love After 50, discusses her research and interviews with people who found true love after fifty.

Gorman, Amy. How art can help you age better. Ms Gorman is a geriatric social worker, artist, author of Aging Artfully, and producer of the documentary film Still Kicking, discusses her research with centenarian artists.

Hoffmann, Elsa, & Textor-Black, Sharon. Living to 100 and Loving It. Centenarian Elsa Hoffman and her biographer granddaughter Sharon Textor-Black discuss Elsa's Own Blue Zone and life as a centenarian.

Maguire, Mary Rose. How 40+ men and women can find true love. Ms Maguire, a seniors dating coach, shares experiences and gives advice.

Martin, Leslie. Longitudinal research on health and longevity: Tracking people for 80 years. Dr. Martin, co-author of The Longevity project, describes latest findings in this premier longitudinal research project.

Kurland, Sheryl. The real experts on marriage: Couples married 50+ years. Ms Kurland interviewed 75 couples married 50-75 years and shares their stories. Her book, Everlasting Matrimony, has their stories and pictures.

Jacqueline Marcell. Eldercare advocate and reformer discusses how to help your parents cope with aging. Ms Marcell shares practical advice on issues in helping aging parents and caretaking of parents.

Matzkin, Alice, & Matzkin, Richard. A Painter and Sculptor's Perspectives on Aging. The Matzkins, authors of The Art of Aging, discuss their experiences and thoughts on elderly subjects and elderly nudes.

Opdyke, Jeff. Protecting parents' money and retirement. Wall St. Journal columnist and author of several books gives practical financial advice about senior parent finances.

Padwa, Lynette. The facts of life about aging: Everything you always wanted to know about aging. Author and columnist gives practical advice and shares research on popular questions about aging.

Simmons, Annette. Better storytelling; better aging. Story teller and consultant discusses how to be a better storyteller and how it can help with aging.

Sperry, Joe. Life lessons from literature. Dr. Sperry, an attorney and former literature professor, discusses positive images of seniors in novels.

Zaslow, Jeffrey. Keeping friends a long time. The author of The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship discusses his interviews with the women and the glue of long friendships.

Zilbergeld, George. How sex can get better with age. Political scientist professor Zilbergeld discusses his sexologist brother Bernie Zilbergeld's posthumously published book, Sex and Love at Midlife: It's Better than Ever.

Waldrop, Dawn. What colors and clothes look best for Boomers and seniors? Image consult gives advices on grooming, clothes, and appearance to look good in older years.

Online Aging Research Information

American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine has free news articles and a directory of anti-aging physicians.

Life Extension Foundation has forward-thinking, research-based articles on health issues and supplements. Their $75 membership includes their monthly magazine, Life Extension, discounts on their supplements, and complimentary vitamins. Their magazine is in many libraries and much of its content is free.

National Institute on Aging is a federal government agency that has news items, especially on the research it funds.

Centenarians - Books about

Adler, Lynn Peters. (1995). Centenarians: The Bonus Years. Peters profiles a couple hundred centenarians.

Alexander, J. M. (2007). Salt of the Red Earth: A Century of Wit and Wisdom from Oklahoma's Elders. Alexander, a professional photographer, has photos and bios of 100 centenarians from Oklahoma.

Edelman, Bernard. (1999). Centenarians: The Story of the 20th Century by the Americans Who Lived It. This is another excellent book profiling centenarians.

Enkelis, Liane. (2000). On Being 100: 31 Centenarians Share Their Extraordinary Lives and Wisdom. Ms Enkelis is a professional photographer. Her extraordinary book has gorgeous, amazing photos of 31 centenarians and profiles of their lives.

Franklin, Steve, & Adler, Lynn Peters. (2013). Celebrate 100: Centenarian Secrets to Success in Business and Life. New York: Wiley. Peters' second book profiling centenarians.

Gorman, Amy. (2006). Aging Artfully: Profiles of 12 Visual and Performing Women Artists 85-105. Her book profiles senior and centenarian artists. She also has a movie on the subject. Information. I interviewed Ms Gorman on Ageless Lifestyles®. The link for the free MP3.

Heyman, Jim, & Boyer, Paul. (1990). One Hundred Over 100: Moments with One Hundred North American Centenarians. The book has bios and professional photos on North American centenarians.

Perls, Thomas, & Silver, Margery. (1999). Living to 100. This is the most comprehensive scientific study of centenarians. More current information is at the study's website.

Perelman, Dale Richard. (1999). Centenarians: One Hundred 100 Year Olds Who Made a Difference. Perelman profiles 23 famous centenarians and gives brief descriptions of 77 more.

Centenarians - Websites about

Gerontology Research Group has a combination of information about supercentenarians and scientific advances in life extension. It has a continuously updated list of supercentenarians worldwide.

National Centenarian Awareness Project publicizes US centenarian achievements, news, and events.

Noted Nonagenarians & Centenarians identifies and has about 200 pictures of famous people who are or have lived to at least age 90.

Centenarian Biographies and Autobiographies

Delany, Sadie, & Delany, Bessie. (1993). Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters First 100 Years is a fascinating biography of two never-married African-American sisters. Sadie was a home economics teacher and Bessie was a dentist. The book became a best seller and then a Tony winning Broadway play. They then wrote (1996) The Delany Sisters' Book of Everyday Wisdom, a collection of stories, recipes, and advice. When Bessie died, Sadie wrote (1998) On My Own at 107: Life Without Bessie.

Textor-Black, Sharon. (2009). Elsa's Own Blue Zone: America's Centenarian Sweetheart's Insights for Positive Aging and Living. Textor-Black chronicles her bon vivant centenarian, grandmother, Elsa Hoffman. The book's cover sets the tone with a Chippendale young man holding her in his arms. Ms Hoffman does her own laundry, ironing, sewing, etc. and has a very active social life. I interviewed Ms Hoffman twice on Ageless Lifestyles®. The links for the free MP3s are at and

Dawson, George. (2000). Life is So Good. Mr. Dawson, an African-American, dropped out of elementary school to help his family on the farm in Texas. At 98 he enrolled in adult education classes and learned to read and write. He died in 2001 at age 103.

McBurney, Ralph Waldo. (2007). My First 100 Years: A Look Back From the Finish Line. This short paperback chronicles this Kansas born and raised farmer and beekeeper who loves running at every age and loves sharing his philosophy and advice. He died in 2009 at age 106.

Wood, Beatrice. (1985). I Shock Myself: The Autobiography of Beatrice Wood, chronicles her bohemian lifestyle and discovery of her passion for ceramics. She was one of the nation's most prominent ceramicists. There are also several books about her, photo books of her pottery, and a film honoring her hundredth birthday. She died in 1998 at age 105.

Lebre, Victor, Robine, Jean-Marie, & Calment, Jeanne. (1998). Jeanne Calment: From Van Gogh's Time to Ours: 122 Extraordinary Years. Jeanne Calment holds the (documented) record for living the longest. She was a remarkably independent French woman who lived life her way. She died in 1997 at age 122.


Friedman, Howard, & Martin, (2011). The Longevity Project. Building on the Terman study started in 1921, Friedman and Martin report on this premier longitudinal study.

Vaillant, George. (2012). Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study. This is the latest longitudinal study report on men who have been followed since their freshmen year at Harvard into their nineties.

Other Books and CDs

Brickey, Michael. (2001). Defy Aging: Develop the Mental and Emotional Vitality to Live Longer and Healthier Than You Ever Imagined. The book, which was featured on Oprah, was a Finalist in Foreword magazine's Book of the Year Awards, and endorsed by four past presidents of the American Psychological Association, focuses on the Attitudes, Beliefs and Coping Skills (Anti-Aging ABCs®) for living a longer, healthier, and happier life.

Brickey, Michael. (2004). 52 baby steps to Grow Young. The book, which was a Finalist in the Fresh Voices and the Best Books Awards and endorsed by six past presidents of the American Psychological Association, gives two-page-a-week advice and humor on living longer, healthier, and happier.

Brickey, Michael. (2005). Reversing Aging: Hypnotic Journeys to Ageless Lifestyles. This is a unique set of six anti-aging hypnosis CDs.

Buettner, Dan. (2008). The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest. Buettner travels to countries with the highest longevity rates. He interviews seniors there and longevity experts.

Snowdon, David. (2002). Aging with Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us about Living Longer, Healthier, More Meaningful Lives. Psychologist David Snowdon obtained permission to study and do psychological testing with nuns in a convent. This is a unique study as their environment was very similar for all the subjects. The nuns even consented to brain autopsies after their deaths to look for Alzheimer's and other factors in their cognitive functioning. Updates.

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