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

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VanderWyk & Burnham, 2007 - Psychology - 370 pages
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We live in a society that opposes aging, despite the evidence that each of us is, in fact, aging. This anti-aging bias has prevented us from thinking about old age in a way that feels good or that will create a good elderhood. Removing our ageist blinders, Dr. Thomas provides a motivational and visionary blueprint for old age as a healing force in society.

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

User Review  - Jac - Goodreads

I could not agree more with the premise of this book - that our society should treat our elders better - but I struggled to get through the writing. I was especially annoyed by the terminology that he ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Carla - Goodreads

This was Dr. Thomas' response to an earlier work by Dr. Miller on aging "Why Survive." Thomas presents some ideas of human growth and transformation in later adulthood that are helpful in counteracting the anti-aging bias of our culture. Read full review

About the author (2007)

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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