A Journey Called Aging: Challenges and Opportunities in Older Adulthood [NOOK Book]

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A Journey Called Aging presents an insightful exploration of the years between the entry into older adulthood and death. This text examines the significant changes and major landmarks of older persons between 60 and 90. Grounded by a developmental framework based on empirical research, this book presents a new way of looking at older adulthood, describing the older adult years in intensely human terms through both anecdotes and research-based findings to engage the reader as ...
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A Journey Called Aging: Challenges and Opportunities in Older Adulthood

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Overview

A Journey Called Aging presents an insightful exploration of the years between the entry into older adulthood and death. This text examines the significant changes and major landmarks of older persons between 60 and 90. Grounded by a developmental framework based on empirical research, this book presents a new way of looking at older adulthood, describing the older adult years in intensely human terms through both anecdotes and research-based findings to engage the reader as both guide and traveler.
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What People Are Saying

Mary Alice Wolf
THIS CONCISE AND WELL-WRITTEN overview of aging illuminates the strengths and resiliency of elders who lead interesting and interdependent lives despite losses and challenges. . . . Important as an educational text for professionals, families, caregivers, and older persons themselves. IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR DIRECTIONS FOR THE JOURNEY CALLED AGING, THIS IS THE GUIDEBOOK YOU MUST CONSULT. (Mary Alice Wolf, EdD, Book Review Editor, Educational Gerontology; Director, Institute in Gerontology, Professor of Gerontology, Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, CT)
Harry R. Moody
AN INSPIRING AND SOLIDLY RESEARCHED CONTRIBUTION to the literature on spiritual dimensions of later life. Wonderful guidance for the journey called aging.(Harry R. Moody, PhD, Director of Academic Affairs, AARP)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136805639
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 276
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Audience
Individual Experience of Age
Overview
Chapter 1. Mapping the Journey
Landmarks on the Road Ahead
The Research
The Tasks on the Road Ahead
Conclusion
Chapter 2. Entering Older Adulthood
Retirement
Time of Retirement
Postretirement Employment
Retirement Variations
Other Gateways
What About Homemakers?
The Core
Moving Out, Letting Go
The Challenge of Looking Ahead
Chapter 3. Extended Middle Age
Length of Days
Middle-Aged Forever
Diversity
An Opportunity-Filled Agenda
Giving Time New Meaning
Urgency
Goals for Fulfillment
A Season in Search of a Purpose
Discovering the Options
Good Choices
A Substitute for Work
What to Do?
Learning Activities
Relationships and Solitude
Aloneness and Independence
Balancing Gains and Losses
The Role of Helping Professions
Chapter 4. The Early Transition
Voluntary and Involuntary Approaches
Betwixt and Between
Naming the Realities
Consequence of an Illness
Death and Loss in Later Life
Loss and Recovery
Growth in Recovery
Differences and Similarities
Preparing for the Early Transition
Chapter 5. An Older Adult Lifestyle
Who Survived?
Reinventing the Self
The Others in Life
Freedom
Purposes and Priorities
Old Age Is Not for Sissies
Chapter 6. The Later Transition
The Role of Professionals and Support Persons
Beginning the Journey
Timing the Transition
The Journey to Care
Chapter 7. While the Light Lasts
The Environment of Care
The Challenge for the Professional
Being Okay Amid Dependency and Frailty
The Blessing of Care
Engaging and Disengaging
Is Autonomy a Contradiction?
What’s the Point?
Journeying On
Chapter 8. Dying Well
The Beginning
The Medicalization of Dying
The Professional and the Process of Dying
Landmarks and the Developmental Tasks of Dying
Dying and Relationships
Dying and Meaning
Preparation
The Need to Improve Care at the End of Life
Epilogue. Prevailing: A Challenge and a Vision
References
Index
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