Aging Our Way: Lessons for Living from 85 and Beyond by Meika Loe

By Meika Loe

In 1998, Hallmark unveiled their new "One-Hundredth-Birthday" playing cards, and by way of 2007 annual revenues have been at 85,000. the US is speedily graying: among now and 2030, the variety of humans within the U.S. over the age of eighty is anticipated to just about triple. yet how lengthy humans stay increases the query of the way good they live.

Aging Our Way follows the typical lives of 30 elders (ages 85-102) residing at domestic and typically on my own to appreciate how they convey and keep significant lives for themselves. Drawing at the most recent interdisciplinary scholarship on getting older and 3 years of interviews with the elders, Meika Loe explores how elders navigate the sensible demanding situations of residing as independently as attainable whereas staying fit, hooked up, and comfy. whereas such a lot books at the topic deal with outdated age as a social challenge and elders as easily lowered models in their former selves, Aging Our Way perspectives them as they are surely: vigorous, complex, enticing humans discovering inventive how you can make their getting older as significant and possible as attainable. of their personal voices, elders describe how they deal with every thing from grocery buying, physician appointments, and incapacity, to making networks of pals and protecting their autonomy. in lots of methods, those elders can function position types. the teachings they've got discovered approximately residing moderately, taking time for themselves, inquiring for support, holding a feeling of humor, taking good care of others, and getting ready for loss of life supply a useful resource of knowledge for a person hoping to stay a protracted and pleasing lifestyles. via their tales, Loe is helping us to consider getting older, healthiness, and the price of human relationships in new ways.

Written with awesome heat and intensity of figuring out, Aging Our Way bargains a bright examine a gaggle of people that too frequently stay invisible--those who've lived the longest--and all they need to educate us.

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