Recommended Reading

Recommended reading is a helpful resource for those looking for more information on later life planning and changes.


A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly
By: John Sloan

“This thought provoking 2009 book was authored by BC based MD John Sloan. I had never really understood the resistance that many, including older people, have towards being hospitalized. Sloan’s numerous, vivid examples illustrate that the actions of caring but misguided medical professionals in hospitals can cause extensive unintended consequences, particularly if you are in the ‘fragile elderly’ cohort. Those actions are often supported by well-meaning family and friends who believe that medication and hospitalization are the best path to longer life, when just the opposite may be true. I learned a lot reading this book, and it also led me to greater clarity on how I want to live out my elder years. It is an important dilemma – the choice between comfort and prolonging life – and the answer isn’t always obvious. I highly recommend this book.”


You Could Live a Long Time: Are You Ready?
By: Lyndsay Green

“This book presents a fresh and very common sense view of what you have to do to live happily in later life. When we think about our retirement years we often focus on the elements of wealth and health and ignore the interpersonal and social aspects of life. Some of the ideas presented will give you a major ah-ha moment. This book is a must read for everyone over 50.”