Aging Issues

Featured Resources

Embracing Aging: How New Attitudes and Changing Lifestyles are Shaping Perceptions of Aging , by Dr. Lydia K. Manning, Associate Professor of Gerontology, Concordia University Chicago. Retirement was once the start of the long period of decline and disengagement from society. Many older adults experience major life transitions such as launching an entirely new encore career, relocating, losing a loved ones, remarrying, becoming a caregiver, illness or or learning to live on fixed income. Part of reimaging older age is navigating these transitions and making meaning of new life ages and stages.  Read more

Creative Again
Creative Aging:  Rethinking Retirement and Non-Retirement in a Changing World, by Marjorie Zoet Bankson, lays out several “R’s” in viewing retirement through a spiritual lens that align with Ecclesiastes 3:1 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven”. 2011.


Connected to the Community: Current Aging-in-Place Choices, by Susan Poor. A comprehensive look at options, including aging in place and long-term care (traditional as well as a vast array of alternatives).  Read more

Affirmative Aging: New Edition, edited by Joan E. Lukens. Published by Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, PA.

Aging and Spirituality: The First Decade, edited by James Ellor, Susan McFadden and Stephen Sapp, American Society on Aging, 1999.

Aging and Spirituality: Spiritual Dimensions of Aging Theory, Research, Practice and Policy by David O. Moberg. 2001.

Aging: The Fulfillment of Life, by Henri J.M. Nouwen and Walter J. Gaffney (1974). Published by Image Books, New York, NY.

Aging Well: The Complete Guide to Physical and Emotional Health by Jeanne Wei & Sue Levkoff.  Published by John Wiley & Sons. 2000.

Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life from the Landmark Harvard Study of Adult Development by George E. Vaillant. Published by Little, Brown & Company. 2002.

And Not One Bird Stopped Singing: Coping with Transition and Loss in Aging by Doris Moreland Jones. A source of healing in helping us cope honestly with feelings of loss in death, diminishing body function and other experiences related to aging.

The Art of Growing Old: A Guide to Faithful Aging, by Carol Saussy, (Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1998).

The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life, by Gene D. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D. Quill 2001

A Deepening Love Affair: The Gift of God in Later Life, by Jane Marie Thibault. Designed to enrich the spiritual life of older adults.

Exit Stage Right: Conversations about the Drama of Finishing Strong & Dying Well, by Darrel Gilbertson & Lynn Anderson. Gilbertson and Anderson amplify the basic hospice message of ‘dying well’ by emphasizing ‘finishing strong’ with the help of one’s spiritual essence. Very helpful for hospice and palliative care workers. Leafwood Publishers, Abilene, TX. 2008.

Faith & Mental Health: Religious Resources for Healing, by Harold G. Koenig, M.D. Published by Templeton Foundation Press, Philadelphia and London.

Faith in the Future: Healthcare, Aging, and the Role of Religion by Harold G. Koenig and Douglas M. Lawson. Templeton Foundation Press. 2004

Falling Upward:  A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr, (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011).

Finding Meaning in an Uncertain World by Leroy H. Aden, (Eugene, OR:  Cascade Books, 2013).

Finishing Well: The Adventure of Life Beyond Halftime® by Bob Buford. (Grand Rapids, MI:  Zondervan, 2011

From Age-Ing to Sage-Ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Ronald S. Miller. (New York: Warner Books, 1995).

Gettin’ Old Still Ain’t for Wimps by Karen O’Connor. True life stories to tickle your funny bone. Harvest Home Publishers, Eugene, OR.

God’s Path to Golden Splendor, by J. H. Martin, Publish America, Baltimore , MD.

Growing Old in Christ is an anthology of serious theological reflections on what it means to grow old in today’s world. Published in 2003 by the William B. Erdmans Publishing Company.

A History of Old Age edited by Pat Thane. Published by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles . 2005. A review of how the Western World has treated old age.

Honoring African American Elders: A Ministry in the Soul Community, edited by Anne Streaty Wimberly. Published by Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, 2007.

I Never Found That Rocking Chair: God’s Call at Retirement by Richard L. Morgan. 74 meditations focus on the emotional and spiritual aspects of retirement, such as adjusting to a new lifestyle and making financial decisions.

I Will to You: Leaving a Legacy for Those You Love by Herb Brokering. Published by Augsburg Press. 2006. (Can also be used as a daily devotional.)

Keep Your Brain Young: The Complete Guide to Physical and Emotional Health and Longetivity by Guy McKhann, et al. 2003.

Life After Fifty, edited by Katie Funk Weibe. Faith & Life Press, Newton , KS . (Ms. Weibe, a Mennonite, leads workshops on older adult ministry.)

Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body: Spiritual Encouragement for Older Adults, by Missy Buchanan, “Aging Well” columnist for the United Methodist Reporter.

My Time: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life by Abigail Trafford. 2003.

On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. Grew out of the author’s famous interdisciplinary seminar on death, life, and transition, exploring the now-famous five stages of death and loss. Originally written in 1969. Read more


Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life: 7 Gateways to Spiritual Growth by Jane M. Thibault and Richard Lyon Morgan, (Nashville, Tenn: Upper Room Books, 2012).
A leader’s guide is also available from the author.

The Power Years, by Ken Dychtwald and Daniel Kadlec. Published by John Wiley & Son, Inc. 2005. Encourages pursuing dreams, deepening relationships, and achieving financial freedom.

Remembering Your Story: A Guide to Spiritual Autobiography, by Richard Lyon Morgan, (Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2002).

Rituals for the Celebration of Later Life, by M. Dosia Carlson. Published by Geneva Press.

Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life by William H. Thomas, 2014.

Settling In, by Richard Morgan. Musings of a retired Presbyterian minister after his first year in a retirement community. Guidance and hope accompanied by Scripture, prayers and reflections.

Significant Living. A magazine that celebrates life and faith after fifty. For subscription information, 1-800-443-0227.

Successful Aging, by John W. Rowe & Robert L. Kahn. Published by Dell.

The Wisdom of the World’s Oldest People: Interviews and Photographs of 500 Supercentenarians by Jerry Friedman. Striving and thriving despite adversity is how this international group of elders describe their longevity.

Winter Grace: Spirituality and Aging, by Kathleen Fischer. This hopeful book demonstrates how the losses of aging can lead to freedom and new life.