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The fears of aging have been one long cascading domino effect through the years: twenty year-olds dread thirty; forty year-olds fear fifty; sixty fears seventy, and so it goes. And there is something to worry about, though it isn't what you'd expect: research shows that having a bad attitude toward aging when we're young is associated with poorer health when we're older.
These worries tend to peak in midlife; but in Lighter as We Go, Mindy Greenstein and Jimmie Holland show us that, contrary to common wisdom, our sense of well-being actually increases with our age--often even in the presence of illness or disability. For the first time, Greenstein and Holland--on a joint venture between an 85 year-old and a fifty year-old--explore positive psychology concepts of character strengths and virtues to unveil how and why, through the course of a lifetime, we learn who we are as we go. Drawing from the authors' own personal, intergenerational friendship, as well as a broad array of research from many different areas--including social psychology, anthropology, neuroscience, humanities, psychiatry, and gerontology--Lighter as We Go introduces compassion, justice, community, and culture to help calm our cascading fears of aging.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Mindy Greenstein, PhD, is Clinical Psychologist and Psycho-oncologist, Writer and National Speaker, and Consultant to the geriatric psychiatry group in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Jimmie Holland, MD, is Wayne E. Chapman Chair in Psychiatric Oncology, Attending Psychiatrist, and Founder of the geriatric psychiatry group at the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Medical School of Cornell University.
Table of Contents
Part I: Character, Character Strength, and Continuity Over Time
Chapter 1. The Oak Tree and the U-Bend: Age, Well-Being, and the Experience of Me-ness
Chapter 2. A Look at the Grownup Years
Chapter 3. Character Strengths and Virtues
Chapter 4. Older Age in the Olden Days: A History of Aging in the Western World
Part II: The Virtues
Chapter 5. The Virtue of Transcendence: Beyond the Self
Chapter 6. The Underappreciated Virtue of Humor: You Can't Spell Joy Without the Oy
Chapter 7. The Virtues of Humanity and Social Justice: Do Unto Others
Chapter 8. The Virtue of Courage: If I Only Had the Nerve
Chapter 9. The Virtue of Wisdom: Knowing What We Don't Know
Chapter 10. The Virtue of Temperance: Moderation in All Things (almost)
Chapter 11. The Virtue of Passing on to the Next Generation: The Bridge Between Past and Future
Part III Putting the Virtues to Work
Chapter 12. When Older Doesn't Feel Lighter: Loneliness and Social Isolation
Chapter 13. The Virtue of Appreciating the Cycle of Life in Elders
Appendix: Vintage Readers Book Club Readings