Aging with a Plan
How a Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow
by Sharona Hoffman
May 2015, 196pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3890-3
$41, £31, 36€, A56
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In 2009–2010, 45 percent of Americans aged 65 and older had been diagnosed with two or more chronic conditions.

This book offers a concise, comprehensive resource for middle-aged readers who are facing the prospects of their own aging and of caring for elderly relatives—an often overwhelming task for which little in life prepares us.

Everyone ages, and nearly everyone will also experience having to support aging relatives. Being prepared is the best way to handle this inevitable life stage. This book addresses a breadth of topics that are relevant to aging and caring for the elderly, analyzing each thoroughly and providing up-to-date, practical advice. It can serve as a concise and comprehensive resource read start-to-finish to plan for an individual’s own old age or to anticipate the needs of aging relatives, or as a quick-reference guide on specific issues and topics as relevant to each reader’s situation and needs.

Using an interdisciplinary approach, Aging with a Plan: How a Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow develops recommendations for building sustainable social, legal, medical, and financial support systems that can promote a good quality of life throughout the aging process. Chapters address critical topics such as retirement savings and expenses, residential settings, legal planning, the elderly and driving, long-term care, and end-of-life decisions. The author combines analysis of recent research on the challenges of aging with engaging anecdotes and personal observations. By following the recommendations in this book, readers in their 40s, 50s, and early 60s will greatly benefit from learning about the issues regarding aging in the 21st century—and from investing some effort in planning for their old age and that of their loved ones.


  • Covers a broad range of topics and offers a wealth of practical advice that should be considered by individuals who are planning for old age, supplying a comprehensive "one-stop" resource on the subject
  • Presents interdisciplinary perspectives that draws on the author's background in law and bioethics as well as personal experience with health care and the elderly
  • Combines thorough scholarly research and analysis with engaging anecdotes and personal observations
  • Provides a preparedness checklist at the end of each chapter that summarizes take-away messages and outlines practical next steps for the reader
Sharona Hoffman, JD, LLM, is the Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law, professor of bioethics, and codirector of the Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. She received her bachelor of arts magna cum laude from Wellesley College, her juris doctor degree cum laude from Harvard Law School, and her Master of Laws in health law from the University of Houston. Hoffman has twice spent a sabbatical semester as a visiting scholar at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2007 and 2014) and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow in Public Health Law in 2013. She has published more than 60 articles and book chapters on a broad range of health law and discrimination issues, won several awards for teaching and scholarship, and lectured throughout the United States and internationally as well as been widely featured in the media.


“Heartfelt and informative . . . a well-annotated discussion of the practical choices that caregivers face, both in caring for themselves and others. . . . Doctors and philosophical writers have joined the conversation on age, death, and ‘living to the last.’ Hoffman’s volume is a worthy addition to the conversation.”—National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Journal, May 2, 2017

"Driven by personal experience and a respected career in bioethics and law, Sharona Hoffman provides us a vibrant, very usable chapter-by-chapter guide, inclusive of actionable checklists to prepare for the next phases of our multifaceted phases of our lives as we experience the 40s to 80s. Her work blends scholarly knowledge and action steps to anticipate the best informed aging that will allow us to age with grace as well as to support our loved ones who may experience the vagaries of aging with the best preparedness and confidence."—Jennie Chin Hansen, CEO, American Geriatrics Society; former president of the AARP

"This is a very practical book full of useful information. The book is particularly useful for Baby Boomers dealing with their own elderly parents. The author expertly uses case studies involving her own family to teach lessons relevant to any family. The author, who is a noted health law expert, bases her recommendations on solid research. But in addition to solid research and useful facts, the book contains many practical tips."—David English, professor of law, University of Missouri; Chair, ABA Commission on Law and Aging

"Outstanding advice that will make everyone (EVERYONE) younger–learning about these choices with this excellent reference beforehand will definitely make stressful events more manageable."—Michael F. Roizen, M.D., author of This is Your Do-Over
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