Author: Margaret Morganroth Gullette
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226310736
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Let’s face it: almost everyone fears growing older. We worry about losing our looks, our health, our jobs, our self-esteem—and being supplanted in work and love by younger people. It feels like the natural, inevitable consequence of the passing years, But what if it’s not? What if nearly everything that we think of as the “natural” process of aging is anything but? In Agewise, renowned cultural critic Margaret Morganroth Gullette reveals that much of what we dread about aging is actually the result of ageism—which we can, and should, battle as strongly as we do racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry. Drawing on provocative and under-reported evidence from biomedicine, literature, economics, and personal stories, Gullette probes the ageism thatdrives discontent with our bodies, our selves, and our accomplishments—and makes us easy prey for marketers who want to sell us an illusory vision of youthful perfection. Even worse, rampant ageism causes society to discount, and at times completely discard, the wisdom and experience acquired by people over the course of adulthood. The costs—both collective and personal—of this culture of decline are almost incalculable, diminishing our workforce, robbing younger people of hope for a decent later life, and eroding the satisfactions and sense of productivity that should animate our later years. Once we open our eyes to the pervasiveness of ageism, however, we can begin to fight it—and Gullette lays out ambitious plans for the whole life course, from teaching children anti-ageism to fortifying the social safety nets, and thus finally making possible the real pleasures and opportunities promised by the new longevity. A bracing, controversial call to arms, Agewise will surprise, enlighten, and, perhaps most important, bring hope to readers of all ages.

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Author: Dinesh Maidasani
Publisher: Firewall Media
ISBN: 9788131802694
Size: 72.58 MB
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Ending Ageism Or How Not To Shoot Old People

Author: Margaret Morganroth Gullette
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813589312
Size: 72.42 MB
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When the term “ageism” was coined in 1969, many problems of exclusion seemed resolved by government programs like Social Security and Medicare. As people live longer lives, today’s great demotions of older people cut deeper into their self-worth and human relations, beyond the reach of law or public policy. In Ending Ageism, or How Not to Shoot Old People, award-winning writer and cultural critic Margaret Morganroth Gullette confronts the offenders: the ways people aging past midlife are portrayed in the media, by adult offspring; the esthetics and politics of representation in photography, film, and theater; and the incitement to commit suicide for those with early signs of “dementia.” In this original and important book, Gullette presents evidence of pervasive age-related assaults in contemporary societies and their chronic affects. The sudden onset of age-related shaming can occur anywhere—the shove in the street, the cold shoulder at the party, the deaf ear at the meeting, the shut-out by the personnel office or the obtuseness of a government. Turning intimate suffering into public grievances, Ending Ageism, Or How Not to Shoot Old People effectively and beautifully argues that overcoming ageism is the next imperative social movement of our time. About the cover image: This elegant, dignified figure--Leda Machado, a Cuban old enough to have seen the Revolution--once the center of a vast photo mural, is now a fragment on a ruined wall. Ageism tears down the structures that all humans need to age well; to end it, a symbol of resilience offers us all brisk blue-sky energy. “Leda Antonia Machado” from “Wrinkles of the City, 2012.” Piotr Trybalski / Courtesy of the artist. Related website: (

Large Print Crossword Puzzles For Memory Enhancement

Author: Anne Hart
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 059535663X
Size: 26.82 MB
Format: PDF
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Word or number games and puzzles, reading, writing creatively and analytically, or conversation may be the best methods for keeping the mind sharp. Use it or lose it applies to memory. And crossword puzzle design or solving is one excellent way to begin to sharpen and focus as well as stay creative and analytical. Solve these puzzles to enhance your memory at any age. Or design your own puzzles based on your interest in a specific subject area or using general knowledge. Try your hand at humorous puzzles or puzzles on one subject such as medical terminology, anthropology, genetics, people and places, foods, cities of the world, cultures, folklore, or your special interest area. However you design and/or solve numerous crossword puzzles, you'll learn one more way to enhance memory and creative expression. The puzzles are in both standard newspaper style in freeform word fashion. Build puzzles from your own word list or from a variety of affordable puzzle-generating software with built-in word lists, searches, and dictionaries. Solving or designing word puzzles enhances your memory, helps to stimulate your brain to build new neurons and other connections, and helps you to exercise your verbal skills.

Declining To Decline

Author: Margaret Morganroth Gullette
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Size: 40.75 MB
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The image of midlife aging as decline is a destructive viewpoint constructed by our youth-loving culture. So says author Margaret Morganroth Gullette, who adds that our culture pressures us to shed youthful attributes and optimism about the future--constituting the "midlife crisis" of our time. Gullette proposes instead the concept of "age identity", a complex and satisfying way of telling our narratives of being and becoming over the entire life course.


Author: Jammu and Kashmir (India). Directorate of Evaluation and Statistics
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