By Raj Gill
Best for improving your friendships
Ladies of Covington Send their Love, Joan A.Medlicott
From the American author Joan A.Medlicott this book has a strong focus on friendship between three widowed 60-something women. It covers each character’s challenges, difficulties and even tragedies, giving you a great insight into how you might face your own struggles. Plus it covers the age-old issue of finding alternatives to large retirement homes - something which you may be dealing with for your parents or yourself.
Best for those with teenage grandchildren
A Case of Wild Justice by Yvonne Jerrold
This novel is about the dilema faced by Hannah, who realises that her grandson is part of a gang that is terrorising old people. How will she deal with the problem without upsetting her family and the neighbourhood?
Best for making you value your oldest friends
Husbands May Come and Go but friends are Forever, Judith Marshall
A funny tale from the point of view of a 50-something divorced business woman and her school friends. It's an honest examination of how friendships grow over the years, and while there are warts-and-all moments of difficulties, the overall message is one of positivity and humour.
Best for coping with loneliness
Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Maloy
The main character, 75-year-old Sarah, finds herself unexpectedly widowed and has to learn how to live alone. But instead of moping, she opens up her home to boarders to ward off the loneliness and to help her deal with her loss. Beautifully written and a pleasure to read.
Best for boosting intimacy
How we Love Now: Women Talk About Intimacy After Fifty, Dr Suzanne Braun Levine
Dr Levine is a recognised authority on women and the issues they face in life. She writes with humour and sometimes can be quite shocking, but overall her books are a must read for all of us heading past 60. Whether you're in a relationship or looking for love, we could all do with more intimacy in our lives, and this book will make it easier to ask for what you want.
Best for your spiritual side
When God Whispers your name, Max Lucado
If you're going through a difficult time, this book is an excellent way to reaffirm your faith. Written by a pastor who's gifted in story-telling, you'll be left with renewed hope no matter what your situation. An excellent gift for Christian friends who are struggling too.
Best for the newly retired
Smart Women Don’t Retire – They Break Free, Gail Rentsch
If you're newly retired or about to take the plunge, this guide is packed with all the options available to you now. Whether you want to start volunteering, go back to education or work part-time, this is a handy book to keep to hand, as Rentsch ways up the pros and cons of each.
Best for physical health
Yoga for Age 60+, Meena Vad
We'd all like to feel more supple, have improved balance and tone up underused muscles. Now there's no need to head out to a class, as Vad covers all the relevant points of how to practice yoga safely from the privacy of your own home.
Best for a laugh
Suddenly Sixty and Other Shocks of Later Life, Judith Viorst
If it feels like you went to bed aged 30 and suddenly woke up in your 60s, you're not alone! Viorst hilarious poems tackle the difficulties of life with tongue firmly in cheek. There's everything from being a grandparent to the travails of having a husband who's also retired ("I won't have to shop alone. I like alone.") that will have you nodding along in agreement.
Best for…. aging gracefully
Tales of Graceful Aging from the Planet Denial, Nicole Hollander
The book offers practical advice and explains with humour how to make your later years the most creative yet. From what to do with your hair, to the mixed blessing of getting a senior citizen discount, there's an answer for every age-related niggle.
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