Herb Weiss Author & Journalist
TAKING CHARGE Collected Stories on Aging Boldly

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"Herb Weiss knocks it out of the ballpark with his book Taking Charge which address the journey of aging smart as well as gracefully. He shows how to be an educated consumer when making decisions that affect your financial, emotional and overall life throughout your golden years...


A must-read for anyone who is a caregiver or a giver of care.


Throughout his book, Weiss takes charge of your future independence and aims at keeping you informed and healthy! He is a walking, talking resource and his book is a credit to his well-researched seasoned columns over the years."


Robyn Spizman, New York Times Best-selling Author & Media Personality

About The Book

Don’t just grow older, take charge and age boldly! Taking Charge: Collected Stories on Aging Boldly is a collection of newspaper columns by Herb Weiss, an award winning journalist whose body of work is a treasury of well-researched stories and insightful interviews with experts and everyday people who have shared their observations about growing older.


Taking Charge covers a myriad of aging issues ranging from care giving and retirement planning to thoughts about spirituality and death. Through these stories, readers are empowered with practical tools to live a happy, engaged and empowered second half of life.

In praise of TAKING CHARGE

“Herb Weiss’ book gives practical information for caregivers and a foreshadowing for those of us approaching retirement years. Links keep the information fresh.”

— Dr. Nancy Carriuolo, President of Rhode Island College


“Herb Weiss reminds our anti-aging society that becoming pro-aging can bring us greater rewards than mere wrinkle cream and tummy tucks.”

— Paul Kleyman, Publisher of Generations Beat Online, the E-News of the Journalist Network on Generations


“‘Taking Charge: Collected Stories on Aging Boldly’ is more than a book about aging well. What it actually reveals is how to live well. Each page crackles with insight, perspective and good advice. There’s a lot of hard-earned wisdom to be found on these pages.”

—John O’Connor, Editorial Director at McKnight’s Long-Term Care News


“These stories within stories blend real-world wisdom and research to create an engaging and enlightening view of the many sides of aging that is both informative and inspiring.”

—Dr. Phil Clark, Director of Gerontology Program, University of Rhode Island


"Herb Weiss’ unique experience as a journalist, congressional aide, arts and culture critic and aging expert come together beautifully in this rich sweep of commentary on aging in America today.”

— William Benson, Managing Principal in Health Benefits and former Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Administration on Aging


“Herb Weiss knows well the power of the personal story to both teach and learn. Aging brings changes and challenges, whether we are a caregiver, the one in care, or anyone who is dealing with his or her own aging.”

—Connie Goldman, Speaker, Author, and Public Radio Producer on Aging Issues

About Herb Weiss

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Herb Weiss has enjoyed a distinguished 36-year career in journalism, earning a national reputation as an expert on aging, health care and medical issues. Over 600 articles that he has authored or co-authored have appeared in national, state and local publications and newspapers. He is a 2012 graduate of the Theta II Class of Leadership Rhode Island.


Herb is a recipient of the 2003 AARP Rhode Island’s Vision Award for his weekly commentary that appeared in the Pawtucket Times. He is a two time recipient (1994 and 1999) of the American College of Health Care Administrator’s National Award for his coverage of long-term care issues. He was also awarded the Distinguished Alumni’s Award by the Center for Studies in Aging, North Texas State University, in 1997, for his career coverage of aging issues. In 1997, he was selected by the prestigious McKnight’s LTC News to be one of its “100 Most Influential People” in Long-Term Care. In 2016, Governor Gina Raimondo appointed him to the Rhode Island Advisory Commission on Aging.


Today, Herb’s weekly newspaper column appears in the Pawtucket Times and Woonsocket Call, two Northern Rhode Island daily newspapers.


Herb and his wife, Patty Zacks, reside in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

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