The Ageless Self

With this book, Sharon Kaufman allows us to understand the experience of the aging by listening to the aged themselves. Kaufman, while maintaining objectivity, is able to draw an intimate portrait of her subjects.

The Ageless Self

The Ageless Self

Among the many studies of aging and the aged, there is comparatively little material in which the aged speak for themselves. In this compelling study, Sharon Kaufman encourages just such expression, recording and presenting the voices of a number of old Americans. Her informants tell their life stories and relate their most personal feelings about becoming old. Each story is unique, and yet, presented together, they inevitable weave a clear pattern, one that clashes sharply with much current gerontological thought. With this book, Sharon Kaufman allows us to understand the experience of the aging by listening to the aged themselves. Kaufman, while maintaining objectivity, is able to draw an intimate portrait of her subjects. We come to know these people as individuals and we become involved with their lives. Through their words, we find that the aging process is not merely a period of sensory, functional, economic, and social decline. Old people continue to participate in society, and—more important—continue to interpret their participation in the social world. Through themes constructed from these stories, we can see how the old not only cope with losses, but how they create new meaning as they reformulate and build viable selves. Creating identity, Kaufman stresses, is a lifelong process. Sharon Kaufman's book will be of interest and value not only to students of gerontology and life span development, and to professionals in the field of aging, but to everyone who is concerned with the aging process itself. As Sharon Kaufman says, "If we can find the sources of meaning held by the elderly and see how individuals put it all together, we will go a long way toward appreciating the complexity of human aging and the ultimate reality of coming to terms with one's whole life."

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The Ageless Self
Language: en
Pages: 208
Authors: Sharon R. Kaufman
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 1986 - Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

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And a Time to Die
Language: en
Pages: 416
Authors: Sharon Kaufman
Categories: Self-Help
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-04-19 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Most Americans, when pressed, have a vague sense of how they would like to die. They may imagine a quick and painless end or a gentle passing away during sleep. Some may wish for time to prepare and make peace with themselves, their friends, and their families. Others would prefer
Resilience and ageing
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Goulding, Anna, Davenport, Bruce
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-12-19 - Publisher: Policy Press

Understanding how creative interventions can help develop social connectivity and resilience for older people is vital in developing a holistic cross-sector approach towards ageing well. Academics with a wide range of expertise critically reflect on how the built environment, community living, cultural participation, lifelong learning, and artist-led interventions encourage older
Aging, the Individual, and Society
Language: en
Pages: 416
Authors: Susan Hillier, Georgia M. Barrow
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999 - Publisher:

This accessible text brings a social problems approach to the interdisciplinary study of gerontology. Academic research is combined with an empathetic view of the lives of older people to involve students emotionally and intellectually.
Aging, the Individual, and Society
Language: en
Pages: 465
Authors: Susan M. Hillier, Georgia M. Barrow
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007 - Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

This accessible text brings a social problems approach to the interdisciplinary study of gerontology. Academic research is combined with an empathetic view of the lives of older people to involve students emotionally and intellectually.

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