Articles & Books

Aging & Wellbeing

Bolte Taylor, J. My Stroke of Insight. Viking. New York, NY: 2006

Chadbourne, J.W.  Change Relationships as You Change Conversations. “Senior News. Southern Maine Agency on Aging. March – April 2012.

Chadbourne, J.W. “Stories as Life Support” Enlivened Elders,” AIPractitioner. February 2008. Pages 31 – 34.  www. 

Chittister, J.The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully, BlueBridge. York, UK: 2001.

Cohen, G. D., MD. Vintage Voices: The New Senior Moment. Aging Well (Winter 2008.).

Cohen, Gene G. D., MD. The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life. Quill. New York, NY: 2001.

Cohen, Gene G. D., MD. The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain. Basic Books. New York, NY: 2005.

Hill, R. D.  Seven Strategies for Positive Aging.  W. W. Norton & Company, London, UK: 2008

Lyubomirsky, S.  The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want.Penguin Press. New York, NY: 2008.

Schachter-Shalomi, Z. &  Miller, R. S. From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A profound New Vision of Growing Older.  Warner Books. New York, NY: 1995.

Thomas, W. MD. What Are Old People For? How Elders Will Save the World. Vander Wyk  & Burnham. Acton, MA: 2004.


Death & Dying

Byock, I. The Four Things that Matter Most: A Book About Living.  Free Press: New York, NY: 2004.

Callanan, M. Final Journeys: A Practical Guide for Bringing Care and Comfort at the End of Life. Bantam Books. New York, NY: 2008.

Callanan, M. & Kelley, P. Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying. Bantam Books. New York, NY: 1997.

Dowling S. K. The Grace in Dying: A Message of Hope, Comfort, and Spiritual Transformation. Harper. San Francisco, CA: 1998.

Gawande, Atul. Letting Go: What Should Medicine Do When It Can’t Save your Life? The New Yorker. (August 2, 2010): pages 36 – 49.

Kubler-Ross, E. On Death and Dying.  Simon and Schuster, New York, NY: 1997

McNeil, D. Study Finds Palliative Care Extends Life,  New York Times.  August 18, 2010.

Meier, D., MD. YouTube video, “What is Palliative Care?” referenced in Frances Shani Parker’s blog, Hospice and Nursing Home Blog’s article, “Oncology Nurses, Cancer, and Palliative Care. September 4, 2010.

Neimeyer, R.  A. Lessons of Loss: A Guide to CopingCenter for the Study of Loss and Transition.  Memphis, TN: 2008.

Rusnak, K. Because You’ve Never Died Before: Exploring The Spiritual World of the Dying. 2010.Can be ordered at:

Sheehy, G. Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence. Wm Morrow. New York, NY: 2010.

Kessler, D. Visions, Trips, and Crowded Rooms:  Who and What You See Before You Die.  Hay House, Carlsbad, CA:  2010.


Energizing Questions & Storytelling

Denning, S.The Springboard: How Storytelling Ignites Action in Knowledge-Era Organizations, Butterworth-Heinemann, Woburn, MA: 2001. 

Dole, D., Hetzel Silbert, J., Mann, AJ, & Whitney, D. Positive Family Dynamics: Appreciative Inquiry Questions to Bring Out the Best in Families.  Taos Institute Publications. Chagrin Falls, OH: 2008.

Lipman, D.Improving Your Storytelling: Beyond the Basics for All Who Tell Stories in Work or Play. August House Publishers, Inc. Little Rock, AK: 1999.

Simmons, A.The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion through the Art of Storytelling. Basic Books, New York, NY: 2002.


Appreciative Inquiry, Positive Psychology, & Social Constructionism

Cooperrider, D.,  & Barrett, F. “An Exploration of the Spiritual Heart of Human Science Inquiry.“ Cleveland, OH: Case Western Reserve University, 2001.

Fredrickson, B. L. (2009). Positivity: Groundbreaking research reveals how to embrace the hidden strength of positive emotions, overcome negativity, and thrive. Crown. New York, NY: 2009.

Fredrickson, B. L. (2001). The role of positive emotions in positive psychology: The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions. American Psychologist, 56, 218-226.

Fredrickson, B. L. (1998). What good are positive emotions? Review of General Psychology, 2, 300-319.

Gergen, K. J.  Relational Being: Beyond Self and Community. Oxford University Press, New York, NY: 2007.

Gergen, K. J. & Gergen, M.  Social Construction: Entering the DialogueTaos Institute Publications. Chagrin Falls, OH: 2004.

Kelm, J.B.Appreciative Living: The Principles of Appreciative Inquiry in Personal Life. Venet Publishers. Wake Forest, NC: 2005.

Lebow, G. & Kane, B. with Lebow, I. Coping with Your Difficult Older Parent. Avon Books. New York, NY: 1991.

Stavros, J. M. & Torres, C. B. Dynamic Relationships: Unleashing the Power of Appreciative Inquiry in Daily Living. Taos Institute Publications. Chagrin Falls, OH: 2005.