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- Out of Time: The Pleasures and Perils of Aging, Lynn Segal
- The Gift of Years: Growing Old Gracefully, Joan Chittister
- Composing a Further Life, Mary Catherine Bateson
- An Unknown Women; The Stations of Solitude, both by Alice Koller
- A Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
- The Second Half of Life, Angeles Arrien
- The Crone: Women of Age, Wisdom and Power, Barbara Walker
- The Journals of Solitude, May Sarton
- Being Mortal, Atul Gawande—an enlightened approach for facing one’s mortality.
- Wise Woman (Photographs of Older Women), Joyce Tenneson
- The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion—coming to terms with widowhood.
- The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron—using journaling to unlock your dreams.
Books | Fiction:
- All Passion Spent, Vita Sackville-West
- Marrakesh in the short story collection, Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You, Alice Munro
- An Unnecessary Woman, Rabih Alameddine—older women supporting one another.
- The Memoirs of a Survivor, Doris Lessing
Humor & Articles
- I’m Too Young to Be Seventy, Judith Viorst
- I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, Nora Ephron
- “My Father Addresses Me on the Facts of Old Age, Grace Paley, The New Yorker, June 17, 2002
Films & TV Series
- Evening, (2007), Vanessa Redgrave, Meryl Streep – A dying woman reflects on her past.
- Strangers in Good Company (1991), Canadian – Eight elderly women come together to fend for themselves when the bus they are traveling in breaks down.
- Away from Her (2007), Julia Christie – A woman’s decent into Alzheimer’s
- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), Judi Dench, Maggie Smith – Elderly people’s retirement adventures in India.
- Amour, (2012) French. Jean Louis Trintignant, Emmanuella Riva – An elderly man cares for his dying wife.
- Grace and Frankie (2015) Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlison. Friendship that develops between two 70ish women post divorce.
- Call the Midwife (2012) Midwives working in the poverty-stricken East End of London during the 1950’s. Central to the story are several remarkable older nuns.
- Death Café, deathcafe.com – A national organization where people come together to have coffee and openly discuss the intricacies of death and dying.
- Road Scholar, www.roadscholar.org – Affordable, educational tours for older adults
- Continuing Education: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – Email: www.osherfoundation.org. to identify an OLLI campus in your community.