What are Old People For?: How Elders Will Save the World

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Publisher:VanderWyk&Burnham, 2004 - Psychology - 370 pages
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It has been said that people don't want to read books about aging, but this one is different. In the tradition of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, this book offers readers a new way of looking at life and the world. Written by a doctor and specialist in aging, the book draws upon popular culture, history, science, and literature to create a highly readable, and persuasive case for a new kind of old age. The old way of seeing old age-as a time of decline and defeat - will be of little interest to boomers as they search for new ways to interpret their experience.
 

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Contents

A New Wrinkle
3
The Doctrine of Youths Perfection
12
Becoming Human
39
Necessitys Virtue
50
The Rise of Elderhood
65
IndustrialStrength Aging
79
Victory
91
Navigating Life
97
Private Grief Public Tragedy
167
The Eden Alternative
179
Place and No Place
202
Elderhoods Sanctuary
208
A Wink and a Smile
237
The First Shahbaz
248
The Problem of Protection
256
Convivium
263

Old Maps
106
The Way We Live Now
115
The Cult of Adulthood
131
The Assault on Childhood
140
Adult Forever
148
The OldAge Archipelago
157
The Twofold Path
270
Elderhood Reborn
277
On Being an Elder
286
Eldertopia
299
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
315
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Thomas is a physician in family medicine and geriatrics. He heads a consulting and advocacy group that is committed to improving the care received by nursing home residents everywhere. Recipient of a Long-Term Care Best Practices Award from the New York Quality Assurance Society, Thomas leads a professional life that includes patient care, medical administration, research, teaching, and writing.

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