Sages of Aging: A Guide for Changemakers


Ken Dychtwald, PhD – Psychologist, Gerontologist, and CEO, Age Wave, LLC, CA USA
Elyse Pellman – President, Age Wave, LLC, CA USA

Series: Social Perspectives of Aging
BISAC: SOC013000; EDU032000


“In Sages of Aging: A Guide for Changemakers, Ken Dychtwald and Elyse Pellman have assembled an engaging and thought-provoking collection of knowledge and perspectives on aging. Ranging from researchers and clinicians to public servants and entrepreneurs, the experiences of the 12 interview subjects featured here demonstrate just how complex and pressing the issues surrounding aging are, especially as they intersect with other social and economic challenges that we as a society face. As my colleagues and I work to help today’s gerontology students become tomorrow’s changemakers in aging, this book illustrates both the importance of addressing age-related challenges and the wealth of opportunities we have to help people live and age better.” – Pinchas Cohen, MD, Dean, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, California, USA

Sages of Aging is a brilliant contribution to the field and a ‘must read’ for anyone who wants to improve the lives of older adults. Laced throughout are pearls of wisdom to guide people of all ages on their personal and professional journeys.” – James Firman, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at BellAge Inc. and former CEO of National Council on Aging

“Students and professionals alike are often unaware of the pillars that have helped us reach this new longevity. This book fills in the gap by informing and reminding us of the ‘greats’ in our field, lessons learned and how one individual can make a difference. This is an important and inspirational read for anyone who touches the lives of older adults.” – Helen Dennis, Syndicated Columnist, Author and Lecturer, Aging & the New Retirement, Co-Author of the LA Times Bestseller: Project Renewment: The First Retirement Model for Career Women


This book is a series of twelve profound conversations with some of the foremost elder changemakers in the fields of aging and longevity, and it captures the essence of their wisdom and perspectives. Subjects include the individual, social, and systemic dimensions of equity and inequity; averting a new era of mass elder poverty; the efficacy of today’s healthcare system for the chronic health challenges of older adults and their families; ageism in the media and popular culture; and the purposeful opportunities and obligations of today’s and tomorrow’s elders. Each leader candidly reflects on their origins, the fields of aging and longevity, and considers their own aging. This book is of high interest to readers young and old, as we all must come to terms with our aging and the legacies we choose to leave behind. It has the potential to change readers’ views on the future of their studies, their work, and their lives.

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Additional Information

Legacy Lessons from the Sages of Aging – professional documentary, hosted by the editor, Ken Dychtwald, PhD

Table of Contents

Peter Kaldes, JD

Introduction. On the Importance of Leaving a Legacy
Ken Dychtwald, PhD

Chapter 1. On Hope, Optimism, Purpose, Aging, Resilience and Adaptability
Legacy Interview with Fernando Torres-Gil, PhD

Chapter 2. Compassion, Humanity and Respect for Older Adults
Legacy Interview with Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN

Chapter 3. Why We Must End Age Apartheid
Legacy Interview with Marc Freedman

Chapter 4. Women Power Infused with an Aloha Spirit
Legacy Interview with Jeanette Takamura, PhD

Chapter 5. Always Do the Right Thing
Legacy Interview with Paul Nathanson, JD

Chapter 6. On Decency, Care and Compassion
Legacy Interview with Jennie Chin Hansen, RN, MS, FAAN

Chapter 7. A Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Justice
Legacy Interview with E. Percil Stanford, PhD

Chapter 8. Be Authentic and Don’t Allow Failure to Be an Option
Legacy Interview with Imani Woody, PhD, MS

Chapter 9. A Warrior for Public and Personal Health and Generational Connections
Legacy Interview with Linda Fried, MD, MPH

Chapter 10. Seeking Justice: Hearts, Brains, Truthfulness and Courage Needed
Legacy Interview with Kathy Greenlee, JD

Chapter 11. Harnessing the Wisdom of Elders
Legacy Interview with Larry Curley, MPA

Chapter 12. An Unrelenting Commitment to Excellence
Legacy Interview with John Rowe, MD

Conclusion. On the Importance of Being a Changemaker
Ken Dychtwald, PhD and Elyse Pellman


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