Have you already given out your Amazon Christmas list? Why not send out a supplement? It has been a busy year for books in my intellectual journey. Some were published this year. Others are ones that I have come across and ordered. My booklist suggestions cover a whole range of topics within ageing and longevity.
The Science of Ageing
The scientific breakthroughs that come with treating ageing as a disease. How medicine is developing ways to treat ageing. How removing the cells that are malfunctioning can help. Why we may need to replace the parts of our immune system that are failing. How running repairs on our DNA can help. Prevention is the final opportunity. To change our bodily processes to remove those that lead to ageing.
Lifespan Why We Age - and Why We Don’t Have To
David A Sinclair
How science is enabling us to slow down the processes of ageing and even reverse them. How emerging technologies and even simple lifestyle changes can make a difference. How people have a right to be treated for ageing, it is a disease!
Demographics and the Economy/Policy
Charles Goodhart and Manoj Pradham
The underlying forces of demographics will shortly reverse global trends. Long run inflation and interest rates will rise. This will create a slew of problems because of the high individual and national debt levels. It should however reduce inequality as labour shortage drive wage inflation.
Links broad demographics or “people characteristics” to their underlying psychology and behaviour. Demonstrates how this in turn affects every part of macro- economics and markets. Forecasts the consequences for companies, households and countries.
Rescue: From Global Crisis to A Better World
Argues that COVID-19 should be a global pivot point. Presents an optimistic view of how many of the worlds problems from inequality to poverty can be solved. The pandemic brought us together, we can solve these problems together.
Darell Bricker and John Ibbitson
Pundits and politicians have been creating horror stories of exploding global populations. This book argues the exact opposite. The world will run out of people (and soon). The smaller global population will bring benefits not least to global warming. It will however create disruptions
Shanna H Swan
How chemicals in our modern world are changing human sexuality. How certain plastics are the problem. They are reducing male sperm count and female fertility on a vast scale. (The data in this book has just been updated to cover an even broader range of countries, see addendum to Newsletter #088 : A Wise Society).
Draws from interviews and research. It covers the underlying demographics of longevity. What we, as individuals, can do to live a longer life well . There are many keys to happy, healthy living. These include: exercise; work; cognitive engagement; neighbourhoods; health and purpose.
The New Long Life
Andrew J Scott and Lynda Gratton
A sequel to their 100-Year Life. A practical guide to how to live well longer. Their “Narrate, Explore and Relate” framework starts to build a new roadmap for a longer, smarter and happier life
The 100-year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity
Lynda Gratton and Andrew J Scott
The traditional three stage model of life is collapsing. Education followed by work and then retirement, just will not work if we are living so much longer. This book is about creating an alternative. How to imagine a different life course. About working, and why intangible assets such as family and friends are so important.
Susan Wilner Golden
The over 60’s are are very diverse group. They are travelling through different stages in their lives. It is the stages that are common, not the people. This trend will speed up. People of all ages will return to education for retraining. They will start new careers or even new businesses. It is those transitions that will generate the business opportunities.
Generations (Does when you’re born shape who you are?)
Tests the stereotypes of the generational model. Do baby boomers, millennials etc. really exist. Finds in most cases that they are just stereotypes with little underpinning in fact. Covers everything from the culture wars to attitudes towards global warming. Based on large surveys.
The Ageing Consumer: Perspectives from Psychology and Marketing 2nd Edition
Editors: Aimee Drolet and Carolyn Yoon
An anthology of academic chapters written by experts in their field. Covers neuroscience and decision making, retirement and branding. Suggests directions for future ageing research.
An Old Favourite
A book about how we think. If you have read it, read it again. It is full of insights from this Nobel Prize Winning behavioural economist. Autopilot decision making, nudges, heuristics and the biases that come with them. Rare events and risk taking. They are all covered.