1st Edition

Faces of Women and Aging

ISBN 9781560230427
Published July 26, 1993 by Routledge
214 Pages

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Book Description

Discover the diverse ways aging women attempt to deal with the universal challenges of loss, sickness, and death along with the problems of being old women in a society that values women mainly as sexual partners or producers of children. Old women are often seen as poor, powerless, and pitiful in our sexist and youth-oriented society. The truth is that women age much more successfully than do men and they are increasingly in the majority as our population ages. These truths and others are presented in Faces of Women and Aging--a collection written by women, a number of whom are themselves older women who bring their unique life experiences and personalities to the topic.

This uplifting book emphasizes that middle and old age are merely stages of growth and development, not just seasons of loss and decline as the end approaches. A wealth of topics are covered in Faces of Women and Aging that broaden the reader’s awareness of the problems of women and aging including:

  • how to maintain self-esteem in the face of sexism, ageism, and severe illness
  • the problems of being single or divorced in the later years
  • the problems of maintaining a good body image for older women in a society which values the young and the beautiful
  • the additional difficulties of minority women, specifically lesbians and native American women
  • increased dependency brought on by illness and loss of partners

    Faces of Women and Aging combines personal narratives that serve as reminders of the human beings behind statistics and case studies with theoretical observations which help therapists assist older women cope with the daily hardships as well as the more catastrophic problems of aging.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface

  • Late Mid-Life Astonishment: Disruptions to Identity and Self-Esteem
  • When Mary Stopped Talking
  • Aging Lesbians: Bearing the Burden of Triple Shame
  • Three Native American Women Speak About the Significance of Ceremony
  • Confronting Ageism: A MUST for Mental Health
  • The Myth of the Golden Years: One Older Woman’s Perspective
  • Body Image Issues of Older Women
  • Where are the Archetypes? Searching for Symbols of Women’s Midlife Passage
  • From Edith Bunker to the 6:00 News: How and What Midlife Women Learn About Menopause
  • Women at Midlife: Current Theoretical Perspectives and Research
  • The Significance of the 50th Birthday for Women’s Individuation
  • Older Never Married Women: A Cross-Cultural Investigation
  • Older Women Coping With Divorce: Peer Support Groups
  • Real Versus Reel World: Older Women and the Academy Awards
  • Between Midlife and Old Age: Never Too Old to Learn
  • The Empowerment of Women Residents in the Nursing Home
  •  Reference Notes Included

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