Aging Together: Dementia, Friendship, and Flourishing Communities

Aging Together: Dementia, Friendship, and Flourishing Communities

by Susan H. McFadden, John T. McFadden
     
 

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Susan H. McFadden and John T. McFadden propose a radical reconstruction of our societal understanding of old age. Rather than categorizing elders based on their cognitive consciousness, the McFaddens contend that the only humane, supportive, and realistic approach is to find new ways to honor and recognize the dignity, worth, and personhood of those journeying into

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Susan H. McFadden and John T. McFadden propose a radical reconstruction of our societal understanding of old age. Rather than categorizing elders based on their cognitive consciousness, the McFaddens contend that the only humane, supportive, and realistic approach is to find new ways to honor and recognize the dignity, worth, and personhood of those journeying into dementia. Doing so, they argue, counters the common view of dementia as a personal tragedy shared only by close family members and replaces it with the understanding that we are all living with dementia. The McFaddens' inclusive vision calls for social institutions, especially faith communities, to build supportive, ongoing friendships that offer hospitality to all persons, regardless of cognitive status.

Drawing on medicine, social science, philosophy, and religion to provide a broad perspective on aging, Aging Together offers a vision of relationships filled with love, joy, and hope in the face of a condition that all too often elicits anxiety, hopelessness, and despair.

"A compelling call to arms for a more caring, related society."— Journal of Gerontological Social Work

"Aging Together offers a prophetic perspective by challenging our socially constructed versions of reality and our tendency to look for medical miracles and cures. Instead we should work to create communities that are hospitable to the cognitively impaired."— Christian Century 

"This is not just a book about ageing, dementia, and friendship; it is a book that will take the reader on a journey that will, hopefully, leave them in a better place than where they started."— Ageing and Society

"This must-read volume will inspire the reader to contemplate the call to care for others with self-giving love."— Choice

"A serious, scholarly, and sensitive book."— PsycCRITIQUES

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Gerontological Social Work - Justine McGovern LMSW

A compelling call to arms for a more caring, related society—a flourishing community—from which all can benefit, and in which all have a part to play.

Christian Century - Anthony B. Robinson

Aging Together offers a prophetic perspective by challenging our socially constructed versions of reality and our tendency to look for medical miracles and cures. Instead we should work to create communities that are hospitable to the cognitively impaired.

Choice

This must-read volume will inspire the reader to contemplate the call to care for others with self-giving love. Highly recommended.

PsycCRITIQUES
A serious, scholarly, and sensitive book.

— Mary Gergen

International Psychogeriatrics
This is not a how-to handbook but a kindly and perhaps over-optimistic general discussion that will be of interest to caregivers, particularly Americans, and particularly those coming from a religious background. The rest of us can all gain something from it too, however... Aging Together reminds us that warmth and friendship can be maintained in trying situations.

— Martin Guha

Nursing Times
Readable and useful...Anyone who wants to teach, practise or encourage person-centred care for people with dementia will find a lot in this book.

— Ibadete Fetahu

Ageing and Society
There is something for everyone in this book... [A]n excellent account of travelling along the dementia road.

— Kathryn Mitchell

International Psychogeriatrics - Martin Guha

This is not a how-to handbook but a kindly and perhaps over-optimistic general discussion that will be of interest to caregivers, particularly Americans, and particularly those coming from a religious background. The rest of us can all gain something from it too, however... Aging Together reminds us that warmth and friendship can be maintained in trying situations.

Ageing and Society - Kathryn Mitchell

This is not just a book about ageing, dementia, and friendship; it is a book that will take the reader on a journey that will, hopefully, leave them in a better place than where they started... An excellent account of travelling along the dementia road.

PsycCRITIQUES - Mary Gergen

A serious, scholarly, and sensitive book.

Nursing Times - Ibadete Fetahu

Readable and useful...Anyone who wants to teach, practise or encourage person-centred care for people with dementia will find a lot in this book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421401416
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
05/12/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
978,329
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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