On this page:
- Age Positive Resources for older adults and intergenerational programs
- Resources for writers writing about aging & older adults
- Books on aging, ageism, creativity and more–for adults
- Please see the Picture Books resources-tab on this website for children’s books with accurate and diverse images of aging and older adults.
- Alzheimer’s Association list of books for kids. A resource separate from this site to support kids & parents when grandparents are ill with dementia.
Age Positive Resources to fight ageism, learn about normal aging, and intergenerational programs:
A free resource article on aging and ageism in picture books by Lindsey McDivitt.
Article: Ten Ways to Add Diversity in Aging to Picture Book Collections by Lindsey McDivitt
ChangingAging: Exploring life beyond adulthood – A multi-blog platform challenging conventional views on aging and seeing aging as a strength. Dr. Bill Thomas is a leader in the field and the founder of the Eden Alternative.
Changing the Narrative Ending Ageism Together-sharing efforts underway to bring forward evidence-based messaging and communications about aging and ageism.
Connecting Generations: Integrating Aging Education and Intergenerational Programs with Elementary and Middle Grade Curricula. Needham, MA: Allyn and Bacon, 1999. A book by Barbara M. Friedman that serves as a comprehensive guide for teachers.
Generations United – Their mission is to improve the lives of children, youth and older people through intergenerational collaboration, public policies and programs.
Grandparents on About.com – Resources for grandparents’ rights, multi-generational living, exercise, nutrition, things to do with grandchildren, and family celebrations.
Growing Up and Growing Older: Book for Young Readers Booklist compiled by Sandra L. McGuire Ph.D. Dr. McGuire is an advisor to this website & blog at “A is for Aging.” *The booklist of picture books to combat ageism is updated annually.
The Legacy Project is a multi-generational education initiative and their program Legacy Cubed focuses on how we all evolve our legacy over our lifetime. Intergenerational programs for parents, grandparents and educators.
NextAvenue.org “where grown-ups keep growing.” Part of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). Their mission is to meet the needs and unleash the potential of older Americans through the power of media. (Terrific content on health, money, work & purpose, travel, entertainment, caregiving, technology)
Old School: An Anti-Ageism Clearinghouse– The preeminent comprehensive array of resources to combat ageism on this website set up by author/activist Ashton Applewhite. Books, blogs, tools, speakers, podcasts, campaigns and more.
Penn State Intergenerational Program offers a vast array of resources for intergenerational programs–including curricula and activities for all ages, research, and inspiring articles.
This Chair Rocks and “Yo, is this Ageist?” Two great blogs by Ashton Applewhite who has been speaking out against ageism since 2007. They are both insightful and thought provoking–“Go ahead. Ask her.”
Time Goes By – Over her long life elder blogger Ronni Bennett shared terrific insights on growing older. A site chock full of information.
Vital Aging Network – Promoting self-determination, civic engagement, and personal growth for people as they age.
Resources for writers (and writing about aging):
A free resource article on aging and ageism in picture books by Lindsey McDivitt
Growing Up and Growing Older Booklist : Counteracting Ageism & Promoting Positive Aging compiled by Sandra L. McGuire Ph.D. Dr. McGuire is an advisor to this website & blog at “A is for Aging.” *This booklist of picture books to combat ageism is updated annually.
Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Find your state’s local chapter also.
Ten Ways to Add Diversity in Aging to Picture Book Collections by Lindsey McDivitt
The Loft Literary Center (online courses also)
This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. A highly informative and enjoyable book by author Ashton Applewhite. New York: Celadon Books, 2019.
“The Cruelty of Calling Older Adults ‘Sweetie’ or ‘Honey.” (Nextavenue article)
The Creative Penn–blogging for authors
The Writing Barn–classes, support and retreats for writers for children.
Websitesetupdotorg–videos on how to set up a website
“What Old Age is Really Like.” by Ceridwen Dovey. (Article-NewYorker.com)
Books on aging, ageism, creativity and more–for adults:
Applewhite, Ashton. This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. New York: Celadon Books, 2019.
Bateson, Mary Catherine. Composing a Further Life. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
Cameron, Julia. It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond. New York: Tarcher Perigree Books, 2016.
Cohen, Gene D., M.D. The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life. New York: Avon Books, 2000.
Cohen, Gene D., M.D. The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain. New York: Basic Books, 2005.
Dychtwald, Ken. Healthy Aging: Challenges and Solutions. Aspen Publishing, 1999.
Friedan, Betty. The Fountain of Age. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993.
Goldman, Connie, and Richard Mahler. Secrets of Becoming a Late Bloomer: staying creative, aware and involved in midlife and beyond. Fairview Press, 2007.
Gullette, Margaret Morganroth. AGEWISE: Fighting the New Ageism in America. University of Chicago Press, 2011.
Gurian, Michael. The Wonder of Aging. Atria/Simon and Schuster, 2013.
Loe, Meika. Aging Our Way: Lessons for Living from 85 and Beyond. Oxford University Press, 2011.
Pipher, Mary. Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of our Elders. New York: Riverhead Books, 1999.
Rowe, John W. and Robert L. Kahn. Successful Aging: The MacArthur Foundation Study shows you how the lifestyle choices you make now—more than heredity—determine your health and vitality. New York: Pantheon Books, 1998.
Schacter-Shalomi, Zalman and Ronald S. Miller. From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older. New York: Warner Books, 1997.
Thomas, William H., M.D. Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, more Connected Life. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2014.