Aging with Wisdom

Aging with Wisdom

Reflections, Stories and Teachings

Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle

US $16.95 /CAN $23.50
US $11.95 /CAN $16.50

How do we find beauty and meaning in old age? How do we overturn the paradigm of ageism? How do we age consciously and cultivate an inner life resilient enough to withstand the vicissitudes of old age? An extended meditation on how to age consciously and embrace life in all its fullness and wonder, Aging with Wisdom answers these questions.



Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle is a writer and dharma teacher. For over forty years she has devoted herself to spiritual practice, primarily Buddhist meditation, which has deeply influenced her professional life, in particular how to integrate psychology and meditation.

After practicing as a psychotherapist with individuals, couples, and groups, she taught in the field of Behavioral Medicine where she pioneered the integration of meditation, yoga, and cognitive therapy with traditional Western medicine. As a Teaching Fellow at the Mind/Body Medical Institute, she developed and taught training programs for health professionals in new approaches to health and healing through Harvard Medical School. During her career, she has introduced contemplative practices in a wide variety of settings: government agencies, businesses, hospitals, organizations, churches, and most extensively in school systems to both teachers and students.

Her first book, Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s, is an award-winning book that has sold close to 15,000 copies and has been translated into four languages. As mentioned earlier, she has done extensive promotion; many talks, conference keynotes, book events, radio and TV interviews as well as written articles and other pieces (introductions, chapters, etc.) for books and periodicals.

As part of her commitment to contemplative life, Olivia has served on the boards of three organizations whose missions are to encourage Buddhist teachings and practices in the West: Insight Meditation Society, Trijang Buddhist Institute, and Dharma Friends. With her enduring commitment to peace and social justice, she was a founding board member and board chair of the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding. A lifelong educator, she was on the board of the Putney School and the Karuna School.

Now an elder with two grown children and four grandsons, she lives in Massachusetts and spends as much time as she can in Vermont where she grows vegetables, welcomes family and friends, and steeps herself in the glories of nature. She is also an artist committed to exploring the creative, spiritual, and healing dimensions of our lives.


"Opens the door to aging’s wisdom and love in a beautiful and heartfelt way." —Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart

"...a wise and beautiful book shows how becoming an elder can be full with awakening and grace. Let this book be your companion through the season of letting go, and discover the ever-deepening love and mystery that is possible in our unfolding lives." —Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

"Inviting and encouraging, Aging with Wisdom offers great inspiration to all those who would like to use their later years to ripen spiritually, to awaken." —Kathleen Dowling Singh, The Grace in Aging

"Once again Olivia generously shares with us her wise woman and spiritual elder perspectives on aging and sageing, with grace and wonder, loving kindness, patience and humility." —Lama Surya Das, Awakening the Buddha Within

"Olivia sheds light on a skillful relationship with aging by sharing from her own experience and by turning back toward to the teachings of the Buddha... I highly recommend it..." —Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

"Olivia’s stories and perspective are so exquisitely written you will find yourself in tears and laughter bringing you to face your own journey of aging in new ways." —Natalie Rogers, Ph.D, The Creative Connection