Women Ageing: Changing Identities, Challenging Myths (Google eBook)

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Miriam Bernard, Val Harding Davies, Linda Machin, Judith Phillips
Routledge, Jun 22, 2005 - Medical - 224 pages
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Women Ageing provides a better understanding of what ageing is like for women and challenges the myths which have grown up around the ageing process. Blending the scholarly, the personal and the political, it reveals the range of strategies and identities women adopt to manage the transitions of the second half of the life course. In doing so it uncovers not only the commonalities and the similarities between mid-life and older women, but also some of the variation and diversity relating to ethnicity and race, class, disability and sexual orientation.
Women Ageing makes the ordinary lives of ordinary women as, in this instance, they grow older, more visible. Its findings have important implications for policy and practice. All those studying or working with older people, will find it an illuminating text.
  

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Contents

changing identities challenging myths
1
2 Womens work and the transition to retirement
23
caring workers
39
reflections on growing older
57
a time of private change to a mature identity
73
choices and challenges
93
7 Womens voices in bereavement
110
8 Widowhood in later life
127
9 Older women longterm marriage and care
148
changing policy challenging practice
168
Bibliography
179
Index
198
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About the author (2005)

Miriam Bernard, PhD, is Professor of Social Gerontology and founding Director of the Research Institute for Life Course Studies at Keele University and President of the British Society of Gerontology. She is a leading figure in social gerontology nationally and internationally, and an experienced and successful supervisor of PhD students. Dr. Bernard has long-standing research interests in women's lives as they age and in intergenerational relationships. Her recent research has focused primarily on the development of new and healthy lifestyles in later life. Dr. Bernard is the author/editor of 17 books and monographs, over 70 book chapters and journal articles, and many research reports. She is currently on the Editorial Boards of the "Journal of Intergenerational Relationships: Programs, Policy and Research" and Policy Press's new series "Aging and the Life Course.

Dr Linda Machin is a Visiting Research Fellow of Keele University, having been a Lecturer in Social Work and Counselling at Keele. She established a counselling service for the bereaved in North Staffordshire and continues to work as a researcher, a hospice counsellor and a freelance trainer.

Judith Phillips is a landscape designer, garden writer, and teacher with 35 years' experience designing gardens in the high desert. She loves working with native and xeric plants because they are beautiful, conserve water, and support wildlife. Her design projects have included more than a thousand home gardens in New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona, as well as a healing garden at a local hospital and habitat gardens at two national wildlife refuges. In addition to writing two editions of New Mexico Gardener's Guide and collaborating on Water-Wise Plants for the Southwest for Cool Springs Press, Phillips is the author of Southwestern Landscaping with Native Plants, Revised Edition; Natural by Design; and Plants for Natural Gardens. She has written numerous magazine articles, water conservation essays, and educational brochures. Phillips teaches an arid-adapted plants class in the landscape architecture master's degree program at the University of New Mexico.

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