Endnotes: An Intimate Look at the End of Life by Ruth E. Ray

Endnotes: An Intimate Look at the End of Life

byRuth E. Ray

Kobo ebook | June 19, 2012

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In the summer of 1996, Ruth Ray, a gerontologist in her forties, befriended an eighty-two-year-old man suffering from Parkinson's. The two remained close until the end of his life, sharing stories and memories while building a deep relationship. Part memoir, part biography, Endnotes explores how people construct meaning through their interactions with others. With grace and wit, Ray situates her friend's past experiences and present relationships within the theories and literature of gerontology, providing a deeper understanding of autonomy at the end of life. She also delves into the complexities of sexuality and intimacy in old age, communication across disabilities and age groups, the disabling nature of nursing homes, and the trials of death and dying. Writing as both a woman and a gerontologist, Ray finds that the "quality of care" we provide for others requires not only an understanding of the relationships that have given a person's life meaning but also a willingness to accept and share deeply in the emotional process of physical and mental decline.

Ruth E. Ray teaches writing, composition theory, and women's studies at Wayne State University. She serves on the board of trustees of the Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit organization that operates a Center for Creative Aging, and she is co-founder of communityengagement@wayne.edu, which supports community-based researc...
Title:Endnotes: An Intimate Look at the End of LifeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 19, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231517858

ISBN - 13:9780231517850

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Table of Contents

1. Passionate Scholarship
2. Home
3. Making Ourselves Understood
4. New Year's Eve
5. A Lamentable Situation
6. Those Little Ordinary Things
7. Passion's Progress
8. Activities
9. Diaper Is a Dirty Word
10. Care Conference
11. Empty Rooms
12. Ethics of Care

Editorial Reviews

A wonderful insider's view of the needs and internal struggles one faces during the last leg of life's journey.