Learning to Be Old: Gender, Culture, and Aging by Margaret Cruikshank University of Maine Women's Studies

By Margaret Cruikshank University of Maine Women's Studies (retired)

Within the moment variation of studying to Be outdated, Margaret Cruikshank examines the social development of getting older, specifically women's getting older, from a couple of various angles: clinical, fiscal, cultural, and political. that includes new learn and research, extended sections on gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender getting older and significant gerontology, and an up to date bankruptcy on feminist gerontology, the second one version much more completely than the 1st seems on the number of varied forces affecting the growth of getting older. via all of it, we research a greater option to inhabit our age no matter what it's.

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In fact, older Americans will contribute to economic growth by continuing to work after age sixty-five (a choice many are forced to make), spending their IRAs, and buying goods and services. They contribute a great deal to their families and friends both in material and non-material terms. Their contributions are often invisible in economic calculations—taking care of a spouse, for example, helping a neighbor, teaching or guiding grandchildren, volunteering, simply being available to talk. An old woman or man who is currently not able to give to others should be seen as someone who has contributed in the past.

Conservative politicians’ hostility to AARP extends far beyond partisanship, and exaggerating AARP influence is a favorite ploy to discredit it. ” Women and men over sixty-five are resented for having a voice, even as muted a voice as AARP, which alienated many of its members by its support of the Medicare prescription drug bill. On the other hand, in 2005, it successfully opposed Republican efforts to privatize Social Security and sponsored “Diversity and Aging in the 21st Century,” a conference at which NAACP and AARP pledged to work together (June 19–21, 2007, Los Angeles).

3 - Sickness and Other Social Roles of Old People Wherever meaningful social and religious roles exist for elders, physical health is only one dimension of aging. In a materialistic culture having no designated role for elders, on the other hand, the state of the body is all important. “Our society views aging through the prism of illness” (Hazan, 20). In other societies, the old may be peacemakers or mediators. They may be keepers of traditions or repositories of special knowledge. In some African tribes, old women have the power of naming the newborn.

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