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Aging--Online Organizational News Sources

  • American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine has frequently updated news articles and a directory of anti-aging physicians.
  • Life Extension Foundation has forward-thinking, research-based articles on anti-aging health issues. Their monthly magazine, Life Extension, is in many libraries and much of its content is free online.
  • Medicare.gov has info on Medicare benefits and rules and detailed reviews of nursing homes and hospitals by zip code area, state, and nationwide.
  • National Institute on Aging is a federal government agency that has news items, especially on the research it funds.

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  • Alexander, J. M. (2007). Salt of the red earth: A century of wit and wisdom from Oklahoma's elders. Oklahoma City, OK: Oklahoma Heritage Association. 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. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux This is another excellent book profiling centenarians.
  • Enkelis, Liane. (2000). On Being 100: 31 Centenarians Share Their Extraordinary Lives and Wisdom. New York: Prima Lifestyles. 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. Los Angeles: PAL Publishing. Gorman, a geriatric social worker/artist/author/documentary film producer interviewed elderly artists.
  • Heyman, Jim, & Boyer, Paul. (1990). One hundred over 100: Moments with one hundred North American centenarians. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing. The book has bios and professional photos on North American centenarians.
  • Mobley, Paul. (2016). If I live to be 100: The wisdom of centenarians. New York: Welcome Books. superb photography and commentaries
  • Thormaehlen, Karsten. (2017). Aging gracefully: Portraits of people over 100. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books. superb photography and short bios
  • Perelman, Dale Richard. (1999). Centenarians: One hundred 100 year olds who made a difference. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse. Perelman profiles 23 famous centenarians and gives brief descriptions of 77 more.
  • Perls, Thomas, & Silver, Margery. (1999). Living to 100. New York: Basic Books. This is the most comprehensive scientific study of centenarians.

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Centenarian Biographies and Autobiographies

  • Dawson, George. (2000). Life is so good. New York: Random House. 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.
  • Delany, Sadie, & Delany, Bessie. (1993). Having our say: The Delany sisters' first 100 years. New York: Dramatists Play Service. This 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.
  • Lebre, Victor, Robine, Jean-Marie, & Calment, Jeanne. (1998). Jeanne Calment: From Van Gogh's time to ours: 122 extraordinary years. New York: W. H. Freeman. 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.
  • McBurney, Ralph Waldo. (2007). My first 100 years: A look back from the finish line. Leawood, KS: Leathers Pub. 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.
  • Textor-Black, Sharon. (2009). Elsa's own blue zone: America's centenarian sweetheart's insights for positive aging and living. New York: Morgan James Publishing. 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 http://agelesslifestyles.com/2008/08/centenarians-100-year-old-role-models-for-ageless-lifestyles/ and http://agelesslifestyles.com/2009/04/living-to-100-and-loving-it/.
  • Wood, Beatrice. (1985). I shock myself: The autobiography of Beatrice Wood. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. 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.

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Centenarians - Websites about

  • Gerontology Research Group has a combination of information about super centenarians (age 110+) and scientific advances in life extension. It has a continuously updated list of super centenarians worldwide.
  • National Centenarian Awareness Project publicizes US centenarian achievements, news, and events. While the website does not have recent postings, it still has a lot of information.
  • Noted Nonagenarians & Centenarians identifies and has about 200 pictures of famous people who are or have lived to at least age 90.

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Dementia & Alzheimer's

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Elder Abuse

  • American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, & Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Dept. of Justice. (2014). Legal issues related to elder abuse: A Pocket guide for law enforcement. Designed as a pocket guide, this downloadable document outlines key facts, definitions, and actions for law enforcement.
  • California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform. (2016). Recognizing and reporting elder abuse. specifics on reporting in California.
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. (2017). Money smart for older adults. a downloadable FDIC online guide for seniors to avoid financial abuse and scams.
  • Jackson, Shelly L. (2017). Understanding elder abuse: A clinician's guide. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
  • National Consumer Voice. (continuously updated). This site is a resource site for Ombudsmen. Its pages provide up-to-date info on issues, legislation, rules, and webinars for assisting seniors.
  • National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. (continuously updated). Elder Abuse. has news and resources on LGBT elder abuse.
  • Schmitt, Rick. (2015, March). Elder abuse: When caregiving goes wrong, AARP Bulletin. AARP article describes issues and includes list of questions to ask before hiring health aide.

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Greenhouse Movement

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Counseling Boomers and Seniors

  • Agronin, Marc. (2011). How we age. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press.
  • Agronin, Marc. (2015). The dementia caregiver: A guide to caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease and other neurocognitive disorders. Lanham, MD: Roman & Littlefield.
  • Arrien, Angeles. (2007). The second half of life: Opening the eight gates of wisdom. Louisville, CO: Sounds True.
  • Bellman, Barbara. (2008). Flirting after fifty. New York: iUniverse. applies marketing and branding skills to help women and men flirt at 50, 60, and even 90 or 100
  • Birch, Robert. (2001). Sex and the aging male. Howard, OH: PEC Publishing.
  • Brickey, Michael (Producer). (2009). Interview with image consultant Dawn Waldrop: What colors and clothes look best for Boomers and seniors?
  • Denker, Carol. (2009). Autumn romance: Stories and portraits of love after 50. New York: A-Shirley Publishing. research, photos, and interviews with people who found love and romance after fifty
  • Fiore, Neil. (2009). Coping with the emotional impact of cancer: Become an active patient and take charge of your treatment. Richmond, CA: Bay Tree Publishing.
  • Gratton, Lynda, & Scott, Andrew. (2016). The 100-year life: Living and working in an age of longevity. New York: Bloomsbury Information Ltd.
  • Greatheart, Marcus. (2013). Transforming practice: Life stories from transgender men that change how health providers work. Toronto: Ethica Press.
  • Greatheart, Marcus, & Birch, Robert. (2015). Annals of gay sexuality Volume 1 2015: The contemporary HIV zeitgeist. Toronto: Ethica Press.
  • Greatheart, Marcus, & Birch, Robert. (in press). Annals of gay sexuality Volume 2 2016: New gay ethics and amories. Toronto: Ethica Press.
  • Kurland, Sheryl. (2004). Everlasting matrimony: Pearls of wisdom from couples married fifty years or more. Baltimore, MD: Noble House. interviews and pictures of 75 couples married 50-75 years
  • Lawrence-Lightfoot, Sara, (2009). The third chapter: Passion, risk, and adventure in the 25 years after 50. New York: Sarah Crichton Books.
  • Ogden, Gina. (2013). Expanding the practice of sex therapy: An integrative model for exploring desire and intimacy. New York: Routledge.
  • Rademacher, Laura, &, Lindsey. (2017). The principles of pleasure: Working with the good stuff as sex therapists and educators. New York: Routledge.
  • Weeks, Gerald, Gambescia, Nancy, & Hertlein, Katherine. (2015). A clinician's guide to systemic sex therapy (2nd edition). New York: Routledge.
  • Zilbergeld, George. (2010). Sex & love at midlife: It's better than ever. Bethel, CN: Crowne House Publishing. posthumously published work of sexologist Bernie Zilbergeld.

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References on Aging & Boomers

  • Ashenbrenner, Andrew, & Balota, David A. (2017). Dynamic adjustments of attention control in healthy aging, Psychology and Aging, 32, 1-15.
  • Benjamin, Aaron S. (2016). Aging and associative recognition: A view from the DRYAD model of age-related memory deficits, Psychology and Aging, 31, 14-20.
  • Blanco, Nathaniel J., Love, Brady C., Ramscar, Michael, Otto, A. Ross, Smayda, Kristen C., & Maddox, W. Todd. (2016). Exploratory decision-making as a function of lifelong experience, not cognitive decline, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145, 284-297.
  • Boone James, Jacquelyn, Matz-Costa, Christina, & Smyer, Michael A. (2016). Retirement security: It's not just about the money, American Psychologist, 71, 334-344.
  • Chauvin, Joseph J., Gillebert, Celine R., Rohenkohl, Gustavo, Humphreys, Gyn W., & Nobre, Anna C. (2016). Temporal orienting of attention can be preserved in normal aging, Psychology and Aging, 31, 442-455.
  • Colombel, Fabienne, Tessoulin, Marine, Gilet, Anne-Laure, & Corson, Yves. (2016). False memories and normal aging: Links between inhibitory capacities and monitoring processes, Psychology and Aging, 31, 239-248.
  • Czaja, Sara J. (2016). Long-term care services and support systems for older adults: The role of technology, American Psychologist, 71, 294-301.
  • Gatz, Margaret, Smyer, Michael A., & DiGilio, Deborah A. (2016). Psychology's contribution to the well-being of older Americans, American Psychologist, 71, 257-267.
  • Hess, Thomas M., Smith, Brian T., & Shariflan, Neika. (2016). Aging and effort expenditure: The impact of subjective perceptions of task demands, Psychology and Aging, 31, 653-660.
  • Hill, Patrick L.,Turiano, Nicholas A., Spiro III, Avron, & Mroczek, Daniel. (2015). Understanding inter-individual variability in purpose: Longitudinal findings from the VA Normative Aging Study, Psychology of Aging, 30, 529-533.
  • Qualls, Sara Honn. (2016). Caregiving families within the long-term services and support system for older adults, American Psychologist, 71, 283-293.
  • Hulur, Gizem, Hoppmann, Christiane A., Rauers, Antje, Schade, Hannah, Ram, Nilam, & Gerstorf, Denis. (2016). Empathic accuracy for happiness in the daily lives of older couples: Fluid cognitive performance predicts pattern accuracy among men, Psychology and Aging, 31, 545-552.
  • Leiva, Alicia, Andres, Pilar, & Parmentier, Fabrice B.R. (2015). When aging does not increase distraction: Evidence from pure auditory and visual oddball tasks, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 41, 1612-1622.
  • Malone, Johanna C., Liu, Sabrina R., Vaillant, George E., Rentz, Dorene M., & Waldinger, Robert J. (2016). Midlife Ericksonian psychological development: Setting the stage for late-life cognitive and emotional health, Developmental Psychology, 52, 496-508.
  • Narme, Pauline, Peretz, Isabelle, Strub, Marie-Laure, & Ergis, Anne-Marie. (2016). Emotion effects on implicit and explicit musical memory in normal aging, Psychology and Aging, 31, 902-913.
  • Nelson, Todd D. (2016). Promoting healthy aging by confronting ageism, American Psychologist, 71, 276-282.
  • Peterson, Dwight, & Naveh-Benjamin, Moshe. (2016). The role of aging in intra-item and item-context binding processes in visual working memory, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 42, 1713-1730.
  • Quinn, Joseph F., & Cahill, Kevin, E. (2016). The new world of retirement income security in America, American Psychologist, 71, 321-333.
  • Radulescu, Angela, Daniel, Reka, & Niv, Yael. (2016). The effects of aging on the interaction between reinforcement learning and attention, Psychology and Aging, 31, 747-757.
  • Rhodes, Rebecca E., & Katz, Benjamin. (2017). Working memory plasticity and aging, Psychology and Aging, 32, 51-59.
  • Robertson, Deirdre A., King-Kallimanis, Belinda L., & Rose, Anne. (2016). Negative perceptions of aging predict longitudinal decline in cognitive function, Psychology and Aging, 31, 71-81.
  • Salthouse, Timothy A. (2016). Little relation of adult age with cognition after controlling general influences, Developmental Psychology, 52, 1545-1554.
  • Schollgen, Ina, Infurna, Frank J., Morack, Jennifer, Ram, Nilam, & Gerstorf, Dennis. (2016). Health sensitivity: Age differences in the within-person coupling of individuals' physical health and well-being, Developmental Psychology, 52, 1944-1953.
  • Smith, Glenn E. (2016). Healthy cognitive aging and dementia prevention, American Psychologist, 71, 268-275.
  • Teshale, Salom M., & Lachman, Margie E. (2016). Managing daily happiness: The relationship between selection, optimization, and compensation strategies and well-being in adulthood, Psychology and Aging, 31, 687-692.
  • Voss, Peggy, Kornadt, Anna, & Rothermund, Klaus. (2017). Getting what you expect? Future self-views predict the valence of life events, Developmental Psychology, 53, 567-580.
  • Webb, Bianca, Hine, Alison C., & Bailey, Phoebe E. (2016). Difficulty in differentiating trustworthiness from untrustworthiness in older age, Developmental Psychology, 52, 985-995.
  • Weiss, David, Grah, Stephanie, Job, Veronika, Matias, Maya, & Freund, Alexandra M. (2016). The end is (not) near: Aging essentialism, and future time perspective, Developmental Psychology, 52, 996-1009.
  • Wiebe, Deborah J., Helgeson, Vicki, & Berg, Cynthia. (2016). The social context of managing diabetes across the life span, American Psychologist, 71, 526-538.
  • Windsor, Tim D., Curtis, Rachel G., & Luszcz, Mary. (2015). Sense of purpose as a psychological resource for aging well, Developmental Psychology, 51, 975-986.

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