Past & Present Selections

Books used by Ithaca College faculty members to facilitate intergenerational community discussions.

The following selections were made by Gerontology Institute faculty members.  These faculty members have developed classroom activities that are open to the public to provide intergenerational dialogue on topics related to aging.  

We are currently reading Ageism Unmasked: Exploring Age Bias and How to End It by Tracey Gendron 

Available Books

what we are reading with a stack of books

Would you like to participate in or host a book discussion group with one of these selections?   The Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center can provide a limited number of copies for your group to read and discuss.  Contact Karen Brown for more information at or 607-274-1607.

book cover Breaking the Age Code

FLGEC is sponsoring "Breaking the Age Code" community book discussion groups.  Sponsored groups will receive a discussion guide,  up to 5 copies of the book, and other related resources.  Contact Karen Brown for more information. 

Breaking the Age Code: How Your Beliefs About Aging Determine How Long and Well You Live by Becca Levy

“There is actually no single biological marker to identify when someone has reached old age, which means that old age is a somewhat fluid social construct. This is one of the reasons age beliefs, with their associated expectations, are so powerful: they define how we experience our later years.”
― Becca Levy, Breaking the Age Code: How Your Beliefs About Aging Determine How Long and Well You Live

Past Books (FLGEC is unable to provide copies at this time)

Elderhood by Louise Aronson

“In Elderhood, Louise Aronson draws on the experiences of her own life and the many lives she has touched as a geriatrician to think about age and aging, combining the insights of science and medicine with the wisdom of literature and human history, all narrated with the practical realism of the caring clinician. It's a wise and beautiful book, to be cherished by anyone who hopes to keep on growing, aging, and learning.” ―Perri Klass, MD

This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto to End Ageism by Ashton Applegate

"Sometimes a writer does us all a great favor and switches on a light. Snap! The darkness vanishes and, in its place we find an electric vision of new ways of living. I want to live in a world where ageism is just a memory, and This Chair Rocks illuminates the path." ―Dr. Bill Thomas, founder of Changing Aging