Aging gracefully is something that most of us strive for. A big part of enjoying and accepting the aging process is doing it in a healthy, beneficial manner. There are lots of tips and tricks out there by experts (and non-experts) about what it takes to age well. What sources can you trust? What basic rules should an older adult follow to make their golden years as healthy as possible? At The Overlook, we’re committed to healthy aging, just like you. We’ve put together a list of the top five books on aging well that offer practical, sage advice whether you’re young or simply young at heart. 1. Aging Wisely: Strategies for Baby Boomers and Seniors Aging Wisely: Strategies for Baby Boomers and Seniors focuses on how our attitude towards aging can be a primary factor in aging well in both body and mind. Dr. Robert Levine, a former chief of neurology at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut and a retired clinical professor at Yale University, puts the control of aging squarely in an individual’s hands (barring, of course, illnesses and accidents). He reminds us that living a long life is not enough: living a long life with a good quality of life is key. 2. Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being This decades-old book proves that sometimes the best advice is also the oldest. Dr. Andrew Weil’s Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being provides a balanced approach of traditional and non-traditional advice to help all individuals age well. Dr. Weil offers solid advice on eating right, exercising safely, and reducing stress while separating health facts from fiction. 3. A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging: Stay Smart, Strong, and Active Don’t let the title fool you: A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging has plenty of solid advice that doesn’t apply to just men. Authors Edward Thompson Jr. and Lenard Kaye collaborate with medical professionals to discuss the idea of “what’s next” after middle age. Their healthy aging approaches encompass emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects, providing a firm foundation for living to a ripe old age. 4. The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully Best-selling author Joan Chittister’s The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully is a beautiful compilation of essays that illuminate the aging process. Chittister suggests using self-awareness and your individual perspective on life to help you become active and stay connected with others. 5. The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age Steven Gundry, MD, is a world-renowned surgeon who has focused on treating the older population for much of his career. In The Longevity Paradox, he offers advice for one of life’s dilemmas: how do we live to a ripe old age while still enjoying the health and benefits of youth? Dr. Gundry focuses on the concept that our gut’s microbiome largely determines our health over the years for everything from cancer to our skin appearance. In this book, he puts forth a plan for diet and lifestyle that supports our gut bugs and helps us live the best possible life at every age. Live Well and Age Well at The Overlook. Living a healthy lifestyle has never been easier than at our 55+ senior living community in the picturesque New England countryside. At The Overlook, we focus on whole-body wellness and healthy aging by providing everything the modern independent senior needs, from spacious floor plans and fitness opportunities to on-site high-quality medical care and a never-ending list of fun things to do. Contact us today to learn more about our continuum of care and our wellness-focused lifestyle.