Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447319061 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781447319054 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only

Personhood, Identity and Care in Advanced Old Age

Paul Higgs and Chris Gilleard

Personhood, Identity and Care in Advanced Old Age

Paul Higgs and Chris Gilleard

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

208 pages | 16 line drawings | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447319061 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781447319054 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only
As humans live longer, the elderly population increases, and the challenges we face in addressing their needs continue to evolve. This book explores the theoretical and practical issues raised by advanced aging in the contemporary world. Developing new sociological theory, Paul Higgs and Chris Gilleard suggest that mental and physical frailty forms a central theme in narratives about deep old age and that discussions of personhood are needed to address this concept. After examining key terms like personhood, the fourth age, frailty, and abjection, Higgs and Gilleard consider the broader implications of these concepts for issues of care—both its meanings and its management. As the care needs of the elderly and options for meeting these needs grow more complex, it is important to examine our collective hopes and fears concerning the end of life, including questions about personhood and expectations for the quality and content of end-of-life care.
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Kevin McKee, Dalarna University, Sweden
"Offers a critical reflection on the central scientific, practitioner and policy perspectives on the oldest old, and as such addresses one of the key social issues of our time."
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