Manzanita Writers' Series Presents

The Gift of Aging: Growing Older with Purpose, Planning, and Positivity
Wednesday, October 18

4 p.m.
FREE Event

Registrations are appreciated (so we know how many chairs to set up). Walk-ins also welcomed.

Using a creative storytelling approach, this book is for young and old, offering critically important information for aging well around the globe. Explains how our bodies and brains change through time, alongside medical, legal and financial advice, and stories of wise elders, with strategies to finding joy, health, and purpose.

The Gift of Aging is itself a gift. It’s packed with research-based strategies and motivating stories of elders that can help make growing older the most meaningful ride of a lifetime!” Daniel H. Pink, author of When, Drive, and To Sell Is Human

“This is a beautiful book. The Gift of Aging is filled with lots of practical advice–but none more practical than ‘have a purpose.’ The last decades of our lives can be the most important, productive, and fulfilling but only if we take them with the seriousness (and the good humor) they deserve!” Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon

“I love how this inspiring book combines profound spiritual wisdom with utterly down-to-earth advice, marrying reflections on the deepest questions of life’s meaning.” Oliver Burkeman, author of Four Thousand Weeks

About the Authors

Marcy Cottrell Houle, MS, is a professional wildlife biologist and the author of eight award-winning books.  Two of her books received the national Christopher Award  “for books that affirm the highest values of the human spirit.” Her work has also been selected by the New York Times as a Best Book for Earth Day. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, LA Times, and Globe and Mail, and written for the Nature Conservancy Magazine, Cricket Magazine for Children, Readers Digest, the New York Times, and Smithsonian Magazine. Marcy lives with her family on a small farm on Sauvies Island, Oregon.


Elizabeth Eckstrom is Chief of Geriatrics in the Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics at Oregon Health & Science University. Her research focuses on healthy aging and has shown that tai chi reduces falls by at least 50% and improves memory test scores (she recommends tai chi for everyone!). She is grateful to care for and learn from her older patients, and has had the opportunity to teach conferences and workshops on fall prevention and healthy aging around the world. She is thrilled to call Oregon home and can frequently be found in her garden, windsurfing on the Columbia River, and hiking and skiing on Mt. Hood.

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  •  October 18, 2023
     4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Authors Marcy Houle and Elizabeth Eckstrom discuss their book, The Gift of Aging: Growing Older with Purpose, Planning, and Positivity.


594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, Oregon, 97130, United States


Situated on the main street in Manzanita just a few blocks west of Highway 101, the Hoffman Center is located across the street from the North Tillamook Library.