Valuing older people

A humanist approach to ageing

Edited by Ricca Edmondson and Hans Joachim von Kondratowitz

Valuing older people

Edited by Ricca Edmondson and Hans Joachim von Kondratowitz

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

312 pages
Cloth $89.95 ISBN: 9781847422927 Published July 2009 For sale in North and South America only
How can we understand older people as real human beings, value their wisdom, and appreciate that their norms and purposes both matter in themselves and are affected by those of others? Using a life-course approach, "Valuing older people" argues that the complexity and potential creativity of later life demand a humanistic vision of older people and ageing. It acknowledges the diversity of experiences of older age and presents a range of contexts and methodologies through which they can be understood. Ageing is a process of creating meaning carried out by older people, and is significant for those around them. This book, therefore, considers the impact of social norms and political and economic structures on older people's capacities to age in creative ways. What real obstacles are there to older people's construction of meaningful lives? What is being achieved when they feel they are ageing well? This collection, aimed at students, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers, offers a lively and constructive response to contemporary challenges involving ageing and how to understand it.
Contents
Introduction - Ricca Edmondson and Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz

Part one
Religious belonging and spiritual questioning: A Western European perspective on ageing and religion - Peter G. Coleman
Spirituality: a means for achieving integration in personal and community spheres in an ageing Singapore - Kalyani K. Mehta
Integrating the sacred in creative ageing - Michele Dillon
Atheist convictions, Christian beliefs or 'keeping things open'? Patterns of worldviews among three generations in East German families - Monika Wohlrab-Sahr
Beyond dialogue: entering the fourth space in old age - Haim Hazan

Part two
The long road to a moralisation of old age - Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz
How to balance generations: solidarity dilemmas in a European perspective - Svein Olav Daatland
Pension systems and the challenge of population ageing: what does the public think? - Dina Frommert, Dirk Hofäcker, Thorsten Heien and Hans-Jürgen Andreß
The ethos of care and environment and its impact on continuity of life for older people in residential care - Adelina Cooney and Kathy Murphy
Engineering substantially prolonged human life-spans: biotechnological enhancement and ethics - Peter Derkx

Part three
Wisdom: a humanist approach to valuing older people - Ricca Edmondson
Social practices, moral frameworks and religious values in the lives of older people - Carmel Gallagher; 'Woo-hoo, what a ride!' Older people, life stories and active ageing - Lorna Warren and Amanda Clarke
Does eldership mean anything in the contemporary West? - James Nichol
Talk about old age, health and morality - Outi Jolanki
Afterword: Exploring positive images of ageing: the production of calenders - Eileen Fairhurst and Sue Baines
Afterword: Gateways to humanistic gerontology - Ron Manheimer
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