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Loneliness in Later Life

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Loneliness in Later Life concerns the personal and social changes associated with aging, a topic that is becoming increasingly popular with both professionals and those in the Third Age themselves. The nature of loneliness is analyzed and clearly distinguished from solitary living, which need not be an unpleasant state. Through an examination of material drawn from literature and modern research, including the author's own experience, the book arrives at the happy conclusion that older people are not, in general,...

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Overview

Loneliness in Later Life concerns the personal and social changes associated with aging, a topic that is becoming increasingly popular with both professionals and those in the Third Age themselves. The nature of loneliness is analyzed and clearly distinguished from solitary living, which need not be an unpleasant state. Through an examination of material drawn from literature and modern research, including the author's own experience, the book arrives at the happy conclusion that older people are not, in general, lonelier than when they were younger.

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Gibson (University of Hertfordshire) questions the assumption that old age necessarily entails loneliness, drawing on material from literature and modern research, including his own. He describes and analyzes different types of loneliness, distinguishing between loneliness and solitary living, which may be deliberately sought and appreciated, and looks at how factors such as bereavement, poverty, and ill health contribute to loneliness. He looks at themes of loneliness in the work of authors including Charles Dickens, William Golding, and James Joyce, and discusses positive aspects of being alone and ways to remain active. Not a candidate for the self-help shelf, due to its scholarly tone and reader-unfriendly layout. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333920176
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/6/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Hamilton B. Gibson is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire.

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Table of Contents

What is Loneliness?
• The Problems of Later Life
• The Measurement of Loneliness
• Loneliness in Literature
• The Benefits of Solitude
• Overcoming Loneliness

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