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Because the generations are more isolated from each other in industrialized nations than they are in traditional cultures, this hard-won wisdom isn't always present in every home.
Fortunately, a number of insightful people in midlife and late life are writing books that offer thought-provoking commentary on how to respond to life's challenges--including challenges that are often correlated with late life: illness, death of loved ones, loss of employment.
But advanced age is not all decay. Our youth-obsessed culture often reads it as such, missing out on the strengths of a half-century-plus view of life.
Here are a few books that I have read that contain insight found after 50--listed in reverse chronology by publication date.
Singh, Kathleen Dowling (2014). Grace in Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older. Review
Rohr, Richard (2011). Falling Upwards: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. Review
Chittister, Joan (2008). The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully. Review
Plotkin, Bill (2007). Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World. Review
Thomas, Bill. (2004). What Are Old People For? How Elders Will Save the World. Review
Dass, Ram (2000). Still Here: Embracing Changing, Aging and Dying. Review
Carter, Jimmy (1998). Virtues of Aging. Review
Albom, Mitch (1997). Tuesdays with Morrie. Review
Schachter-Shalomi, Zalman and Ronald S. Miller. (1995) From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older. Review
Question to my readers: After I composed this list, I realized that only ONE (Chittister) of these eight authors is a woman who writes about wisdom. I need to read/add more women's voices.
Updated 11/12/14 to add Singh's book.