By Robert S. Weiss, Scott A. Bass

ISBN-10: 0195150252

ISBN-13: 9780195150254

ISBN-10: 1423763149

ISBN-13: 9781423763147

The newly retired are coming into a time of existence that's nearly uncharted, a time during which they're unfastened from social expectancies and, to a wide volume, from duties to others. Life's meanings are not any longer supplied by means of paintings and kin. as a substitute, women and men have the liberty, and the necessity, to discover new actions that they could imbue with that means. The time period, "Third Age" has been given to this time of existence in which for many there's rather solid healthiness, monetary balance, and lowered relatives tasks. the issues and probabilities of this "Third Age" function the fabric for this publication. How do older humans make a decision how one can set up their persisted power, now that they're loose from the calls for of labor and kids? How do they locate that means in lifestyle? during this booklet, students from a number of disciplines contemplate the best way that means are available during this vital level of later existence. They talk about sociological, mental, and spiritual determinants of responses to the demanding situations of discovering significant task after retirement.

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Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Chopra, D. (). Ageless body, timeless mind: The quantum alternative to growing old. New York: Harmony Books. de Beauvoir, S.

Some authors recommended spiritual journeying. This seems to be where we now are. After telling this story Moody steps back and asks why we have not settled on a stable image of aging and the aged. His answer, it would seem, is that aging has no  necessary meaning. Philosophers and psychologists have pointed to changes that aging brings to the way we understand our lives. Alone among living creatures, we not only live but know that we live, and know that the time of our lives is bounded. As we age we become increasingly aware of finality and increasingly engaged by the bewildering problem of making sense of a moment we know to be fleeting.

To live life forward, at any age, means to be poised on a knife edge of uncertainty. This is the reason why T. S. ” In place of any retrospective meaning, Kierkegaard would find more solace in Jung’s thoroughly Socratic concluding lines: “The older I have become, the less I have understood or had insight into or known about myself ” (, p. ). This Socratic or existential turn brings us closer to the predicament faced by gerontology as we labor to find positive affirmations about old age, a temptation that is almost an occupational disease of gerontology.

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