health and wellness resources

RECOMMENDED READING

Ira Byock
The Four Things That Matter Most: A Book About Living
The Best Care Possible: A Physician’s Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life

Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge
Younger Next Year and Younger Next Year for Women: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy—Until You’re 80 and Beyond

Hank Dunn
Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Care and the Patient with a Life-Threatening Illness

Barbara Karnes
Gone from My Sight: The Dying Experience

Dennis M. McCullough
My Mother, Your Mother: Embracing “Slow Medicine,” the Compassionate Approach to Caring for Your Aging Loved Ones

Rachel Naomi Remen
Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal

Dr. Bernie S. Siegel
365 Prescriptions for the Soul:
Daily Messages of Inspiration, Hope, and Love
Other books by Dr. Siegel are also well worth reading, including his first best-seller, Love, Medicine and Miracles: Lessons Learned About Self-healing from a Surgeon’s Experience with Exceptional Patients.

RESOURCES FOR ADVANCED CARE PLANNING
AND HEALING

Better Ending Partnership
An online resource for advance care planning. Downloadable tools include Guide for a Better Ending, Personal Wishes and a Massachusetts Health Care Proxy Form.

Consumer’s Tool Kit for Health Care Advance Planning
American Bar Association Commision on Law and Aging Excellent, comprehensive online materials that help you and your loved ones sort through the complex issues underlying medical decisions if you face a serious illness.

Five Wishes
Aging With Dignity
An easy-to-use legal document written in everyday language that lets adults of all ages plan how you want to be cared for in case you become seriously ill.

Massachusetts Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment
A process and medical form that you may use voluntarily to convert your preferences for medical treatments into medical orders to be honored by health professionals in any setting, including your home, hospital or nursing home.

The National Center for Jewish Healing
Based in New York City, NCJH works closely with a network of Jewish healing centers and programs throughout North America. The Center offers consultation, resource materials, publications, training and referrals regarding the creative use of traditional Jewish resources, combined with psychological insights, mind-body techniques and community to those seeking wholeness, comfort and connection in challenging times.

The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Health Care
An independent non-profit based at Massachusetts General Hospital that provides education and other resources for patients, their families and healthcare professionals, promoting compassionate healthcare.

Wellness for Life
Center for Mindfulness in Medicine,
Health Care, and Society

University of Massachusetts Medical School A pioneer in integrating of mindfulness meditation and other mindfulness-based approaches in mainstream medicine and healthcare, based at UMass Medical School in Worcester. Offers an 8-week Stress Reduction Program.

Dr. Oz’s Anti-Aging Checklist
An accessible overview of how to improve your health at any age

Yoga for the 50+Explains the benefits of yoga for older adults and what to look for in a yoga program that accommodates your changing body.