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Prologue: 30-60-90: A Short Meditation on Age and Perspective ; Introduction: Living at Home and Making it Work ; Lesson 1: Continue to Do What You Did ; Lesson 2: (Re) Design Your Living Space ; Lesson 3: Live in Moderation ; Lesson 4: Take Time for Self ; Lesson 5: Ask for Help; Mobilize Resources ; Lesson 6: Connect with Peers ; Lesson 7: Resort to Tomfoolery ; Lesson 8: Care for Others ; Lesson 9: Reach out to Family ; Lesson 10: Get Intergenerational; Redefine Family ; Lesson 11: Insist on Hugs ; Lesson 12: Be Adaptable ; Lesson 13: Accept and Prepare for Death ; Conclusion: New Perspectives on the Oldest Old ; Postscript: On Doing Ninety (by Ann, research participant) ; Epilogue: Updates on Study Participants ; Appendix: Best Practices in Supporting Aging in Place
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.
In this delightfully written book, Meika Loe illustrates how we continue to develop and become more diverse as we age. Aging Our Way is an engagingly written introduction to this new understanding of aging and will serve its readers well. * Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, co-author of The 36-Hour Day * A lively, engaging, and moving read. Loe shows how the personal resources needed to cope with aging are closely tied to structural factors like race, class, gender, birth cohort, and socioeconomic status. Nearly any reader will find Aging Our Way relevant to their own life or the lives of their aging parents or relatives. * Deborah Carr, Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University * Useful for its thoroughness, examples of resiliency, and attention to this growing phenomenon. * CHOICE * Loe's writing is clear, jargon-free, and warm-she clearly likes and often admires her subjects. She has done an excellent job in organizing her book topically and lets her subjects speak for themselves, then distills their most important points. While there are few startling revelations, there is a great deal of wisdom. * Publisher's Weekly * Americans are living longer lives today than ever before. But are these quality years? How are we experiencing 'these additional years' in our 80s, 90s, and even 100s? In Meika Loe's Aging Our Way, men and women tell how they are making the best of their time, even with personal limitations. These 'ways of aging' are summed up as lessons for reflection and action. I urge you to read and share this inspiring book with others for it enriches understanding of life paths that many will follow. * Glen H. Elder, Jr., Howard W. Odum Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill *