The Evolving Elder

Applying What Really Matters to Life

By David “Lucky” Goff
Eldership Academy Press (2017)
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Congratulations! Your curiosity has led you to stumble onto something extraordinary. Once in a while, a passionate and poignant description of something that is happening on a global and evolutionary scale occurs. The Evolving Elder captures a transition that is preparing the way for a new phase in humanity’s life. By focusing upon the changes that are occurring in the longer lives of some old people, the movement of evolution is being revealed.

Instead of dwelling on the prejudices that impede the old, this work describes elderhood in fresh terms, which reveal the many positive aspects of this important stage of human life. There are gains, which make the losses that accompany aging meaningful and essential to human well being. There are many surprises involved with aging —developments that enhance life, and expansions that change the assumptions about what the human experiment is about. It is way past time for a new look at the phenomenon of aging, an examination that reveals the ultimate dignity of human life.

Such a look also reveals the organic process that is going on. It shows natural forces at work, pushing growth and especially integration. The latter stage of life has its own developmental tasks, its own challenges, its own urges, which demonstrate that human existence is embedded in the larger processes of Life itself.

Human nature is stretching out, via a prolonged life, and gaining a bigger relevance to what is going on. This enlarged viewpoint alters the view of the human place in Life! Reading this book will clue you in to a fundamental shift in the way humankind, especially in the elder stage, is occurring. It will also reveal the profound change that is altering the connection between humanity and evolution.

Surprising discoveries accompany aging. There is an elder awakening happening – older people are vital like they have never been before. Greying turns out to be ripening into something special!!

Providing a necessary corrective for the wide-spread prejudice that demise corresponds to the latter stages of life, The Evolving Elder describes in rich and inspiring prose how evolution has created a period of life that reveals the true dignity of human existence.

What Experts are Saying

“If you want to look forward to what lies ahead for you on reaching 50, 60, 70 and 80, The Evolving Elder is the book for you. Goff not only has brilliant insights into later life, but he writes beautifully as well. I’ll enter my 80th year in 2017 and this is the most inspiring and useful guide for Elderhood I’ve found.”
William Idol, Founding Member, Center for Third Age

“Goff provides a bold and refreshing look at aging, drawing from his deeply moving, personal experiences of becoming an elder. He also put the process into a larger context- the evolutionary significance of elders for humanity: no other species has such a long post-reproductive life, underscoring the crucial role elders play in human survival. It is a resource we need to foster more than ever in these perilous times.”
Allan Chinnen, MD, Author of In the Ever After, Once Upon a Midlife, and Beyond the Hero

“If you hope to become an elder, this guide to the power and wisdom of elderhood is for you! It’s a realistic appraisal of both the challenges (cultural, mental, and physical) and the unexpected joys and rewards of aging. Read it: laugh and weep, celebrate and grieve, and embrace the journey towards the inevitable end of life that we all must make, Goff’s affirmation of life in The Evolving Elder is movingly written, a pleasure to read, and uplifting for individuals and communities alike.”
Dr Susanne Cook-Grueter, Int’l authority on Mature Adult Development

“Goff takes us on an inner journey into our own unknow lands of aging and elderhood. Each journey is unique with its travails and triumphs, losses and gains, but something stirring inside impels us to ripen. Taking this journey in community, learning to surrender, and accepting what is are challenges that can lead us to the boons. Lucky’s message is that there is much to gain by ripening into elderhood, and that personal fulfillment is available if we will welcome it.”
John Sorensen, Coordinating Director, Conscious Elders Network

The Evolving Elder
By David “Lucky” Goff
Eldership Academy Press (2017)
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Deeper into the Soul Back in Stock!

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Elders Academy Press is excited to announce that we have copies of Deeper into the Soul: Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer’s Toward Forgetfulness Care. 


Deeper into the Soul: Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer’s Towards Forgetfulness Care

by Nader Robert Shabahangi, Ph.D. & Bogna Szymkiewicz, Ph.D.
Eldership Academy Press (2008)
124 pages; $13.95-Softcover: Back in Stock!, plus shipping & handling;
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“If you are a researcher, a hospital worker, a teacher, a caregiver, this book belongs on your desk or at your bedside. Deeper into the Soul will push you further than you meant to go, surprising you into a smile of pleasure, a buzz of new learning, a challenge to your usual interpretation of meaning. Best of all, it will engage and enlarge your heart.”

~Elizabeth Bugental, Psychotherapist and Author of AgeSong: Meditations for Later Years

This book is a practical guide for people who work and live with relatives or residents with symptoms of forgetfulness. The authors offer ideas and tips dealing with symptoms such as aggression and wandering, but they also explore a new way of understanding the people for whom we care. They ask the basic existential questions: What are the possible meanings of forgetfulness? What purpose does it serve for both caregiver and the one experiencing forgetfulness?

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Doing Sixty and Seventy

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by Gloria Steinem
Elders Academy Press (2006)

72 pages, $13.95 Softcover, plus shipping

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Gloria Steinem became a spokesperson for issues about aging quite accidentally after declaring to a reporter on the occasion of her fortieth birthday, “This is what forty looks like. We’ve been lying for so long, who would know?” Because of this casual comment about her age and about the collective societal pressure to lie about our age she received an avalanche of thanks and support from other women facing age discrimination. This caused her to realize the far reaching dimensions of age oppression.

In her inspiring essay, Doing Sixty and Seventy, Steinem shares her views on age stereotyping, the unexpected liberation that comes with growing older, and defines what she perceives as the fact that women become more radical as they age. The essay also sheds light on the forces that shaped her life and for readers who have only heard bits and pieces about her the essay offers a primer on her bold and logical theories.

In the essay, Steinem describes turning fifty as “leaving a much-loved and familiar country” and turning sixty “as arriving at the border of a new one” in which she looked forward to “trading moderation for excess, defiance for openness, and planning for the unknown.” In the Preface — written when Steinem is just past seventy and twelve years after the essay was first published — Steinem explains the development of her precious sense of mortality and time.

Elders Academy Press is proud to publish Ms. Steinem’s enlightening and thought-provoking essay — thus allowing it to appear for the first time as an independent volume.

About the Author
Gloria Steinem remains the United States’ most influential, eloquent and revered feminist more than three decades after founding Ms. magazine. A devoted activist and writer, Steinem continues, as she has for more than thirty-five years, to travel nationally and internationally and speak with a calm voice of reason and articulation about gender, racial, and other civil inequity issues.

Doing Sixty and Seventy
by Gloria Steinem
Elders Academy Press (2006)
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Faces of Aging

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by Nader Robert Shabahangi, Ph.D.
Elders Academy Press (2002)

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Faces of Aging is a collection of essays and photographic images that address the challenge of aging in a society that is not sympathetic to older people. The result of this negativity deprives us all from interaction with a very valuable segment of the population.

Older people can provide us with experience, knowledge and affection if we change our attitude toward them and begin to see them as a resource rather than a liability. History and the humanistic tradition have shown us that when respected and valued, older citizens can continue to be productive and creative and can contribute to the quality of life.

Faces of Aging is a tribute to elders and is dedicated to removing the veil from the subject of aging. The book invites us to ask how we can remain conscious of the ways in which we impose our own fears of aging, of death, of the changes that invariably occur as we age, onto the elderly themselves: If we ask ourselves to face our own fears of aging and dying, maybe we can begin to understand how these fears express themselves in our work with and attitudes toward the elderly. How, in our interactions with the elderly, can we remain open to what they have to offer us, not only because they have more life experience than we do, but also because they are entrusted in our care? How does our contact with the elderly inform our awareness of our own inner elders? How is the whole topic of the elderly important to those of us in the younger generations?

Why do we age and what for? Of what are we afraid when we think about aging? How did it happen that we humans came to treat today’s elderly in such a disrespectful fashion? How would we like to be seen when we are old? This book is an invitation to look at aging and old age differently, to question our common cultural and personal assumptions about aging and old age. The writing, photos and poems presented will invite the reader to meet with the many images of aging and look anew for meaning in aging and old age, for the maturity and wisdom the Old Wise Guide, inside of us all, offers us.

About the Author
Nader R. Shabahangi, Ph.D., received his doctorate from Stanford University and is a licensed psychotherapist. His multicultural background has made him an advocate for different marginalized groups of society throughout his adult life. In the 1980’s he worked with abused children and teenagers and led anticipatory bereavement groups for Coming Home Hospice. In 1992 he founded the non-profit organization Pacific Institute with the purpose of training psychotherapists in a multicultural, humanistic approach to counseling and to provide affordable therapy services to the many diverse groups living in San Francisco.

Faces of Aging
by Nader Robert Shabahangi, Ph.D.
Elders Academy Press (2002)
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