Books on Dealing With Change

There is no one way to deal with change. Coping methods are different for each of us and what will work for one person, may not work well for you. Even though most seniors go through similar changes, not all of those changes are exactly the same. We’ve found several books that are available on the market today that help to address those everyday changes and related concerns. Each book offers slightly different advice, some in a comedic way, some in a straightforward way while others tell stories of change in the form of memoir. Below is the list of just a few of the books that might offer insight into how to deal with the current changes in your life, whether you choose an introspective, humorous or straightforward approach.

Reinventing Myself: Memoirs of a Retired Professor


After being retired for 7 years, with 6 of them as a widow, the author decided to take her childless, depressed and ‘old’ self in a new direction through writing and self reflection. This book, a memoir focused on detailing the experiences that happened before the author’s choice to reflect, helps to showcase that approaching change doesn’t have to be a big ordeal. But rather one where you can sit down, look back into time and write down how you feel. This process allows you to softly look at life’s events and figure out how to move forward in a positive manner.

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 1,000 Unforgettable Senior Moments: Of Which We Could Remember Only 246


This is a hilarious look at notable ‘senior moments’. Reading this book will keep you laughing for days while making you forget why you were concerned in the first place. Senior moments are common these days and may leave you worried about maintaining your mental health, but with one read of this book you’ll realize that you are not alone. In fact, many ‘celebrities’ and important figures have suffered from public memory loss and have survived. Yes, forgetting several things throughout the day is a great change that you must learn to deal with, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a painful one.

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 Learning to Be Old: Gender, Culture, and Aging

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Taking a more scientific, rational approach, the author examines what it means to age in the United States today. Here you’ll find questions geared toward myths and fears that the elderly face about becoming ill, general aging and everyday changes that occur. You’ll find various outlines dedicated to showing the difference between aging as a male or female as well as aging in different socioeconomic groups and some of the changes that occur in each. Though a deeper read than other books in our list, it’s a great read for those who want to take a more in depth look into elder changes and expectations.

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 What’s So Funny About Getting Old?aboutGettingOld

Getting old is a part of life. Another part of life is dealing with the changes that occur as we get old. Some choose to embrace them while others choose to ignore, resist or challenge them. No matter which you choose, you’re likely to enjoy this funny read with an emphasis on having a great ‘getting old’ perspective on life. Here you’ll find a collection of cartoons, quotes, insights into changes and how to deal with them as well as a few fun quips. Whether you’re noticing or not, life can be viewed as a sitcom—one filled with miscommunications, vocabulary gaps, physical ups and downs and more. Written by two authors, one of which is also an award winning cartoonist, you’ll find plenty to laugh at as you also learn how to deal with the current changes in your life.

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The Wedding Dress Fashion Show – The Kensington – Walnut Creek

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The Kensington Walnut Creek
1580 Geary Road, Walnut Creek 94597
On Sunday, June 14 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

See the evolution of the Wedding Dress from the 1920’s to modern day.  Wear your Mother of the Bride outfit or your own wedding dress, if you dare. Join the fun and enjoy wedding cake and champagne following the fashion show in our interior courtyard.

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Vintage Car Show- Vintage Brush Creek – Santa Rosa

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Vintage Brush Creek
4225 Wayvern Drive, Santa Rosa 95409
Sunday, May 17th
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Grab a burger and chat with other classic car enthusiasts! Classic cars provided by Dibbles Auto Center of Santa Rosa.

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Passage to India – Vintage Silver Creek – San Jose

Passage to India (Open House Event)
Vintage Silver Creek
4855 San Felipe Road, San Jose 95135
Wednesday, May 27th
Festivities Begin at 1:00 pm

Join them as they take an exciting trip to India. Enjoy the many activities presented india
throughout the day and take a guided tour through their beautiful Vintage Silver Creek community.

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Bollywood Dance Performances & Cocktail Reception

1:00 pm – Bollywood Aerobics “Bhangra-size”
1:30 pm – Cooking Demonstration
2:00 pm – Henna Tattoos
6:30 pm – Bollywood Film Screening

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Enter to Win $100 Just for Visiting any Merrill Gardens Community

Enter to Win $100 Just for Visiting any Merrill Gardens Community

This offer is valid for anyone age 55 and above who visits a Merrill Gardens community onplayingcards or before June 4, 2015. If you are already a resident at a Merrill Gardens community, a family member of a resident or a team member at a Merrill Gardens community, this offer does not apply and is invalid. Limit one entry per person.​ Winner will be chosen on June 5, 2015. The $100 will be given in the form of a Visa Gift Card.

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The Lake Merritt – Oakland Music Series:


Conversations on The Lake
May 28th @ 3:30pm

The Lake Merritt – Oakland Music Series:
Maestros and Masterworks: The Artistry of Orchestral Conducting
CONDUCTING01What makes a great orchestral conductor? How do gestures and movements convey musical ideas and instructions to the orchestra? Why does an orchestra even need a conductor? Zachary Bruno, Associate Professor of Music at Skyline College, will focus on some of the world’s great conductors and symphonic repertoire. There will also be an interactive conducting lesson.

Zachary Bruno earned his D.M.A. in Orchestral Conducting at Boston University, where he also served as the Graduate Assistant Conductor in the Orchestra Department. He also has a Masters in Music Education from University of the Pacific. Mr. Bruno is currently an assistant professor and the Director of Bands at Skyline College in San Bruno, CA.

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Passages on the Lake – The Lake Merritt – Oakland



Passages on the Lake

The Terrace Room Restaurant & Bar
Presented by The Lake Merritt – Oakland

Wednesday, May 27th @ 7:45pm

This event is a sophisticated, spoken word showcase featuring the most talented storytellers, writers, and musicians in the Bay Area. Admission for this event is free. The program begins at 7:45 pm. Enjoy dinner or cocktails with a stunning view of Lake Merritt while enjoying the very cutting edge of an old art form in a new medium. The Terrace Room Restaurant & Bar is located in The Lake Merritt. They are open for dinner at 5pm. Stay tuned for the performers.

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Petaluma Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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Saturday, October 17, 2015 Add to calendar
Registration at 8:30am | Ceremony at 9:30 | Walk at 10:00am
Route Length: 3 miles & 1 mile option

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1800 So. McDowell Blvd. & Shollenberger Park, Petaluma, CA 94954group_shot_1_opt

Contact: Mindy Wright | 707-573-1210 |

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Brookdale San Ramon

Brookdale San Ramon now has two apartments available and two coming up.
Rental of the apartment includes:

  • 3 homemade meals daily
  • Recreational & educational activities
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry service (varies)
  • Utilities (water, garbage, electricity)
  • Basic cable
  • Transportation (varies)

Level of Care is determined by 3 assessments:

  • by your physician
  • by the family
  • by their Health and Wellness Director

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Avenidas – Lifetimes of Achievement 2015 – Palo Alto

Avenidas Lifetimes of Achievement 2015
Sunday, May 17th from 3 – 5 pm
433 Melville Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Honorees from L to R: Gib Myers, Ann DeBusk, Barbara Carlitz, Bob Harrington, and Mary & Allan Seid

Avenidas and its community partners, the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online, will host lifetime15flower3a garden party to honor these high achievers in an event that is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased for $75 by contacting Avenidas at (650) 289-5445. Proceeds from the party help fund the programs offered at the non-profit agency Avenidas.

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