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Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out   (Richard Taylor, Ph.D.)
This book is unique because it was written by an Alzheimer’s victim. The author was diagnosed with the disease when he was 58 and this book is a compilation of some of his daily essays written over a five-year period as he observed the changes in his functioning ability. It also includes a chapter by his wife, his primary caregiver. 
The Art of Possibility (Rosamund and Benjamin Zander)
The authors lift their readers from a world of struggle to a vast universe of possibilities, describing a practice of bringing these possibilities to life.
Senior Adult Ministry in the 21st Century (Dr. David P. Gallagher)
Here is a step-by-step plan for establishing this ministry in your congregation.
All you need to do is identify where you are now and use the material supplied – no reason to re-invent the wheel.
7 Practices of Effective Ministry (Andy Stanley, Reggie Joiner & Lane Jones)
This highly-readable book is your personal training manual describing proven techniques (North Point Ministries) that will bring focus and clarity to your ministry.
The Mature Mind (Gene D.Cohen, M.D., Ph.D.)
The author, a renowned psychiatrist and gerontologist, demolishes the myth of mental decline in aging and introduces his “four human potential phases in the second half of life.” This will enable the readers to be “all that they can be.”
Forty-Sixty: A Study for Midlife Adults Who Want to Make a Difference  (Richard Gentzler and Craig Miller)
This 65-page book is primarily designed to be a small group study book; however, it can be equally valuable to those who find themselves in the uncharted waters of ages 40 to 60.
Full of Years: Aging and the Elderly in the Bible and Today
(Dr. Stephen Sapp)
This book, using scripture references from both the Old and the New Testaments, is unapologetic in its assertion that we must walk our talk in loving and caring for the elderly among us.
Light on a Gray Area (Dr. Stephen Sapp)
This is a scholarly book but a valuable resource for information and insight on how public policy is formed and the necessity for the church to accept some responsibility for influencing future policies.
When Alzheimer’s Disease Strikes! (Dr.Stephen Sapp)
In this book the author not only describes the “Disease of the Century” but gives helpful and practical ideas for caregivers. It would be a valuable addition to every church library to be available to those who will need it one day.
Half Time (Bob Buford)
Bob Buford believes that the second half of your life can be better than the first half – much better. But first you need time to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life. He recommends that you call “Halftime” to reflect not only on where you are going, but why.
Finishing Well (Bob Buford)
Stories of 60 “pathfinders” – individuals for whom age 40 and beyond has been an opportunity to further their significance rather than to rest on their success. They are people who have pioneered the art of finishing well in these modern times, and who can teach us to do the same, starting today.
Wine at the End of the Feast: Embracing Spiritual Change as You Age  (Kristen Johnson Ingram)
This book explores a number of questions as the author guide readers through the physical, emotional and spiritual transformations associated with the aging process. Recognizing that our relationship with faith changes as we age, she offers ideas for living fully and embracing belief with integrity.
When Your Parent Moves In: Every Adult Child’s Guide to Living with an Aging Parent (David Horgan and Shira Block)
This is a book for the ”sandwich” generation which is caught in the middle and now caring for both children and aging parents. The authors’ goal is to provide a resource that will help readers make the best possible decision for their individual situations.