- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 28, 2005

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Books —

• “Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life,” by Dr. Gene Cohen, Perennial, 2001. This book shows how life after 50 can be at least as active and creative as in younger years. It describes ways in which seniors can continue to challenge themselves intellectually through reading, writing and word games, how they can tap into their creative side and how they can improve their overall sense of well-being.

• “Aging Well,” by George Vaillant, Little, Brown, 2002. This book talks about the importance of loving relationships, years of education, lack of tobacco and alcohol abuse, as well as maintaining healthy weight with exercise as predictors for successful physical and emotional aging.

m”Successful Aging,” by John Wallis Rowe and Robert Kahn, Dell, 1999. This book, citing scientific research, debunks some common negative myths about aging, such as that illness increases and mental capacity diminishes with age. It then outlines key components of successful aging, including an active engagement with life. It says lifestyle choices are more important than heredity.

Associations —

mAARP, 601 E St. NW, Washington, DC, 20049. Phone: 888/687-2277. Web site: www.aarp.org. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and older. Its Web site, magazine and other publications feature articles on how to stay healthy physically and mentally while aging.

mCenter on Aging, Health and Humanities, George Washington University Medical Center, 10225 Montgomery Ave., Kensington, MD 20895. Phone: 202/895-0230. Web site: www.gwumc.edu/cahh. The center aims to stimulate, coordinate and conduct research on the problems and potentials of aging. Its goal is to improve the quality of life for older adults and their families. On its Web site is a list of 91 children’s books with positive images of old people.

• American Federation for Aging Research, 70 W. 40th St., 11th floor, New York, NY 10018. Phone: 888/582-2327. Web site: www.afar.org. This nonprofit organization supports research that furthers the understanding of the aging process. One of its Web sites, www.infoaging.org, is tailored for the general public and offers information on various age-related issues.

Online —

m70up.org (www.70up.org) is a multimedia project consisting of texts and photos of 30 women who are 70 and older. It aims to highlight older women’s productivity and contributions to society and family as well as to reframe the way society looks at aging women. The photos and texts were shown at the Museum of the City of New York in 2003.

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