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Age-ing to Sage-ing Professional Continuing Education Leadership Program
"Age-ing to Sage-ing" programs provide professional continuing education as well as leadership programs for volunteers and seminar leaders. Help is available for on-going "Sage-ing Circles and Sage-ing Centers."

Contact information:
www.allaboutaging.com


Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing
This book looks at the links between spirituality and health, across cultures. An audiocassette also available. Myss, C. (1996). Anatomy of the spirit: The seven stages of power and healing (1st ed.). New York: Harmony Books. Pub. Date: September 1997; ISBN-13: 9780609800140


Career Anchors: Discovering Your Real Values
This book helps readers discover areas of competence, what motivates and stimulates them through the use of a career orientations inventory. Schein, E. (1985). Career anchors: Discovering your real values. San Diego: University Associates. ISBN-13: 9780883900307


Circles of Wisewomen
Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst in private practice, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California Medical Center, and an internationally known lecturer. She is the author of Goddesses in Older Women, The Millionth Circle, The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, and Close to the Bone. A circle of "wisewomen" is an archetype: a group of respected elders, grandmothers or clan mothers meeting together in a circle. Each is equal in importance, none is elevated above the rest and all are concerned about the well-being of their community

Contact information:
www.jeanbolen.com


Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within
This book explores the impact one person can have on the world. Quinn, R. E. (1996). Deep change: Discovering the leader within. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. ISBN-13: 978-0787902445


Disability Social History Project
The Disability History Project is a community history project. It is an opportunity for disabled people to reclaim our history and determine how we want to define ourselves and our struggles.

Contact information:
www.disabilityhistory.org


Elder Within: The Source of Mature Masculinity, The
In his book The Elder Within: The Source of Mature Masculinity (Wilsonville, Ore: BookPartners, 2001), Terry Jones writes that becoming an elder "means being a steward of life." The book examines "the relationship between the acceptance of the responsibility of eldership and the recovery of men from the damage done to their souls in recent centuries." ISBN-13: 978-1581510881


ElderCircle
ElderCircle serves Itasca County and links seniors, their families and their caregivers to services to help them stay in their homes. It also sponsors the RSVP program for Itasca and Koochiching Counties. Programs include Senior companion, Groceries To Go, Respite Program, Senior Wheels, Foot Care Clinics, Foster Grandparent, TRIAD, Chore Service and Itasca Conservators Association.

Contact information:
www.eldercircle.org


From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older
Written by a rabbi, this book views aging as "the anticipated fulfillment of life rather than its inevitable decline." Based on research, the author shows you how to create a different aging process characterized by adventure, passion, mystery, and fulfillment. Schachter-Shalomi, Z. & Miller, R. (1995). From age-ing to sage-ing: A profound new vision of growing older. New York: Warner Books. ISBN-13: 978-0446671774


Guide to Lifework: Working with Integrity and Heart--Book and Workshops in Lifework Planning
Leonard Lang, Ph.D. of Beard Avenue offers hands-on workshops in lifework discovery and planning, emphasizing a creative, spiritual approach. A complete program is also available in the book Guide to Lifework: Working with Integrity and Heart. Programs open the public are offered at colleges, churches (of all denominations), and at career planning conferences.

Contact information:
www.beardavenue.com


Hungry Spirit, The: Beyond Capitalism
Written by Charles Handy, a respected business and social philosopher, this book inspires readers to question traditional, socially-accepted definitions of success and instead find meaning and fulfillment in their professional, personal and spiritual lives. Handy, C. (1998). The hungry spirit: Beyond capitalism: A quest for purpose in the modern world. New York: Broadway Books. ISBN 0767901886


International Network on Personal Meaning
The INPM is dedicated to advancing health, spirituality, peace and human fulfillment through research, education and applied psychology with a focus on the universal human quest for meaning and purpose. We do this through articles on meaningful living, providing a source for research on meaning and existentialism, and information on meaning centered counseling and therapy for students and practitioners

Contact information:
www.meaning.ca/index.htm


International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM)
It is a positive revolution, supporting people everywhere to work together for a more positive, nurturing and spiritual future in an increasingly digital, technological and materialistic world.

Contact information:
www.meaning.ca/


Last Gift of Time: Life beyond Sixty, The
This collection of essays, written by a woman who was a professor of English at Columbia University for more than thirty years, describes the quiet revelations and the unexpected joys that she found in her later years. Heilbrun, C. G. (1998). The last gift of time: Life beyond sixty. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN-13: 978-0345422958


Life Makeovers: 52 Practical and Inspiring Ways to Improve Your Life in One Week
This book is organized into 52 chapters, one for each week of the year. It shows you how to make your life over, one week at a time, using suggested "Take Action" strategies and the author's philosophy of "extreme self-care." Richardson, C. (2000). Life makeovers: 52 practical and inspiring ways to improve your life one week at a time New York: Broadway Books. ISBN-13: 978-0767906630


Longevity Code, The: Your Personal Prescription for a Longer, Sweeter Life
Dr. Zorba divides life into five interconnected spheres: physical, mental, kinship/social, spiritual and material (financial and job-related). In each of these spheres readers are encouraged to find their own personal strengths and weaknesses. Paster, Z. & Meltsner, S. (2001). The longevity code: Your personal prescription for a longer, sweeter life (1st ed.). New York: Clarkson Potter. ISBN-13: 978-0609808146


Make It Happen!
Emily Kimball is an aging adventurer who rode her bike across America at 62 and is hiking the Appalachian Trail at 70. In her professional speaking business, she addresses the issues of Creative Aging, Taking Risks at Any Age and Making Dreams Happen.

Contact information:
www.TheAgingAdventurer.com


Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
The Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator is a personality-typing instrument. It is based on Carl Jung's theory that there are four main ways we experience the world: sensing, intuition, feeling, and thinking. The purpose of the assessment is to determine where people fall on the introversion-extroversion scale and their preferences for experiencing the world. It can help you make better employment or educational decisions.

Contact information:
www.myersbriggs.org/


Never Act Your Age
This book, by Dr. Dale M. Anderson, M.D., Prescribes how laughter and method acting turns on your body's upbeat chemistry--those "drugs" dispensed from your inner pharmacy that make you happy, healthy and feeling years younger.

Contact information:
www.ActHappy.com


Next Avenue
Next Avenue will engage, inspire and inform the more than 100 million people who are transitioning into what many see as a new life stage in human development-a stage between young adulthood and "old old." Next Avenue is an expansive online initiative with expert information from trustworthy sources on aging.

Contact information:
www.nextavenue.org


Nine Myths of Aging, The: Maximizing the Quality of Later Life
Dr. Powell debunks the most prevalent myths about aging and explains why knowing the truth can help one remain physically, mentally and socially vigorous for as long as possible. Powell, D. H. (1998). The nine myths of aging: Maximizing the quality of later life. New York: W. H. Freeman. ISBN-10: 0716731045


Red Hot Mamas: Coming into Our Own at Fifty
The author discusses issues that concern women over fifty including: how 50 looks, menopause, caregiving burdens, intimate relationships, sexual changes and expectations, and achieving control over financial matters. Dowling, C. (1996). Red hot mamas: Coming into our own at fifty. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN-13: 978-0553374957


Selim Center for Learning in Later Years
The Selim Center for Learning in Later Years (formerly the Center for Senior Citizens Education) is a community outreach program of the University of St. Thomas and presents educational and cultural programs specifically designed to foster and support lifelong learning.

Contact information:
https://www.stthomas.edu/selimcenter/


Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying
This book, by Ram Dass, stresses the importance of an intentional inner journey as an effective foundation for dealing with the challenges of aging as well as for continuing opportunities for social engagement, even if mainly with caregivers. ISBN-13: 978-1573228718


Suddenly Sixty and Other Shocks of Later Life
This book includes verse on retirement, vacations, late love, and more. Viorst, J. (2000). Suddenly sixty and other shocks of later life. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN-13: 978-0684867632


What Color Is Your Parachute?
This guide to finding employment has been in print continuously for the last thirty years. The current edition has been completely revised to coordinate with an accompanying website. The author asks the questions "What do you want to do?" and "Where do you want to do it?" to help the reader find the right job. The book includes activities to assess your employment needs. Bolles, R. (2001). What color is your parachute? Berkeley: Ten Speed Press. ISBN-13: 978-1580086158


 

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