Aging Our Way: Independent Elders, Interdependent Lives

Paperback | March 13, 2013

byMeika Loe

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America is quickly going grey. There are more Americans alive today over the age of 80 than ever before in our history; by 2030, that number is expected to almost triple. But when we discuss how long people live, we must also consider how well they live. Aging Our Way follows the everydaylives of 30 elders (ages 85-102) living at home and mostly alone to understand how they create and maintain meaningful lives for themselves. Through extensive interviews, Meika Loe explores how elders navigate the practical challenges of living as independently as possible while staying healthy,connected, and comfortable. Aging Our Way celebrates these men and women as they really are: lively, complicated, engaging people finding creative ways to make their aging as meaningful and manageable as possible. Written with remarkable warmth and depth of understanding, Aging Our Way offers a vivid look at a group of peoplewho too often remain invisible - those who have lived the longest - and all they have to teach us.

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America is quickly going grey. There are more Americans alive today over the age of 80 than ever before in our history; by 2030, that number is expected to almost triple. But when we discuss how long people live, we must also consider how well they live. Aging Our Way follows the everydaylives of 30 elders (ages 85-102) living at home ...

Meika Loe is Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Colgate University and the author of The Rise of Viagra: How the Little Blue Pill Changed Sex in America.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:March 13, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199975728

ISBN - 13:9780199975723

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Prologue: 30-60-90: A Short Meditation on Age and PerspectiveIntroduction: Living at Home and Making it WorkLesson 1: Continue to Do What You DidLesson 2: (Re) Design Your Living SpaceLesson 3: Live in ModerationLesson 4: Take Time for SelfLesson 5: Ask for Help; Mobilize ResourcesLesson 6: Connect with PeersLesson 7: Resort to TomfooleryLesson 8: Care for OthersLesson 9: Reach out to FamilyLesson 10: Get Intergenerational; Redefine FamilyLesson 11: Insist on HugsLesson 12: Be AdaptableLesson 13: Accept and Prepare for DeathConclusion: New Perspectives on the Oldest OldPostscript: On Doing Ninety (by Ann, research participant)Epilogue: Updates on Study ParticipantsAppendix: Best Practices in Supporting Aging in PlaceReferencesIndex