Aging with Agency: Building Resilience, Confronting Challenges, and Navigating Eldercare

Aging with Agency: Building Resilience, Confronting Challenges, and Navigating Eldercare


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An experiential guide to re-orienting our understanding of late adulthood as one of life's most meaningful and transformative stages

Aging can bring new fears, challenges, and concerns. Loss of career, loved ones, or changing physical and cognitive abilities can leave us feeling isolated and scared. Sandi Peters shows us that growing older need not mean the end of personal growth. In fact, late adulthood can prove to be the most meaningful and transformative period of one's life. The key, says Peters, is the development of one's inner life, and with it a shift in one's relation to the aging process. The book draws on history, philosophy, psychology, gerontology, and spirituality to deepen and expand our understanding of what it means to grow old in the twenty-first century. Peters shares time-tested contemplative practices such as meditation, active imagination, dream work, and creative writing designed to enhance one's inner worlds and enable us to face life's inevitable changes with equanimity and insight. She offers practical advice on issues such as assisted living and home care, and a refreshingly new perspective on matters of memory and cognitive change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623174361
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 08/11/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,239,631
Product dimensions: 6.01(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Sandi Peters has a master's degree in psychology and has been working in the field of gerontology since 1986. Her area of specialty is life span development and the possibilities for renewal in older age. As a student of C. G. Jung, she has particular interest in the role of symbolic expression in older age, especially for those with memory loss. Peters is an avid swimmer (especially in open water), teaches swimming to adults, and is a longtime meditator and seeker. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

Foreword xv

Introduction 1

1 Why Am I Still Here? 9

2 Growing Old: Past and Present 21

3 An Introduction to C. G. Jung 39

4 Mapping the Terrain 53

5 Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and Aging 87

6 The Eriksons and Aging 105

7 Gerotranscendence 125

8 A Primer on Memory Loss 137

9 Perspectives on Memory Loss 149

10 Meditation, Aging, and Caregiving 165

11 Inner-Life Practices 183

12 Living Environments 199

13 A Cautionary Tale 217

14 Moving Forward 237

Appendix A Ritual Collage 251

Appendix B Resource Guide 255

Annotated Selected Bibliography 261

Index 269

Acknowledgments 279

About the Author 281

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