Annual Review of Gerontology & Geriatrics

Annual Review of Gerontology & Geriatrics is a magazine focusing on Medicine

Articles from Vol. 26, 2006

A Coconstructionist View of the Third Age: The Case of Cognition1
In this chapter, we propose a coconstructionist model for the study of development within the Third Age using cognition as the sample case. In the first part of the chapter, we focus on the predecessors of cognitive development during the Third Age that...
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Change and Stability during the Third Age: Longitudinal Investigations of Self-Rated Health and Religiousness with the Terman Sample1
One can conceptualize the Third Age variously as a distinct age range (nominally, ages 65-79 years), a discrete developmental stage (i.e., the temporal nexus of a variety of interesting developmental challenges and opportunities), or the years following...
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Conclusion: Is the Third Age the Crown of Life?
In this concluding chapter we first draw together the findings from the chapters in this volume, integrating and highlighting themes. We then evaluate the status of the Third Age and consider whether or not it refers to a new life stage. We end with...
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Everyday Life in the Third Age
Psychology has a long tradition of pathologizing life transitions. Middle age has been portrayed as a time of personal crisis (Levinson, Darrow, Kline, Levinson, & McKee, 1978), menopause as shattering of a woman's sense of femininity (Deutsch, 1945),...
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Functioning and Well-Being in the Third Age: 1986-2001
A belief exists that those in the Third Age, defined as the age range from 65-79 years, now have more choices: their health is better, their finances are better, and their ability to maintain their own home or work in the job market is better than it...
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Gay Lives in the Third Age: Possibilities and Paradoxes
The present generation of elders is the first in which gay men have become visible members. As a consequence of social and historical changes over the past three decades, an ever larger number of men self-identifying as gay have become interested in...
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Late Middle Age: Transition to the Third Age
"The crown of life, ... the time of personal self-realization and fulfillment, comes after our children have left us and after we have given up our jobs so as to enter what is now to be called the Third Age" writes Peter Laslett (1991, p. vii), a pioneer...
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Pathways toward the Third Age: Studying a Cohort from the "Golden Age"1
During the last half of the twentieth century, a Third Age of life has become a real possibility for Americans of many social strata, instead of just a few privileged people, as Sorenson (this volume) demonstrates. This unprecedented demographic development...
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Personality and Involvement in Leisure Activities during the Third Age: Findings from the Ohio Longitudinal Study1
Increases in active life expectancy (Crimmins & Hayward, 1997; Laslett, 1991), changes in the work force (Kim & Moen, 2001; Moen & Altobelli, this volume), and changes in the family life course (Moen, 1996) have given rise to a new period...
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Preface
This book is the product of a collaborative program of research on the meaning and experience of the Third Age in American life. The added years of longevity and health being lavished on today's Third Age adults are unprecedented and, as such, represent...
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Retirement Community Life: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities1
The U.S. Bureau of the Census (1994) estimates that approximately 5% of individuals 65 years and older move within a given year. For many retirees, the move is to an age-specific community, such as a retirement community. Although residents of retirement...
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Satisfaction with Retirement in Men's Lives
Only in the twentieth century have a majority of Americans lived past 65. Only in the last half of the twentieth century have a majority of American's been able to afford retirement. The Third Age is still relatively uncharted territory. In our study...
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Social Relations in the Third Age: Assessing Strengths and Challenges Using the Convoy Model
In many ways, the Third Age, that period between approximately 65 and 79 years of age, represents a very positive development. People are living longer; they are healthier and more functionally able for much longer periods of their lives. In fact, the...
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Strategic Selection as a Retirement Project: Will Americans Develop Hybrid Arrangements?
Historically, retirement was an "event," a one-time, one-way exit from the world of work to the golden years of full-time leisure. This definition is increasingly problematic, because many older workers retire from one job only to take on another, often...
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The Demography of the Third Age
With the publication of A Fresh Map of Life, Peter Laslett (1996) introduced the concept of the Third Age to a wide audience consisting of academics as well as lay people. With it, he pointed to an important change in modern societies brought on by the...
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The Impact of Work on the Psychological Health and Well-Being of Older Americans1
Even though Laslett (1991) maintained that the Third Age arrived at the juncture of relinquishing work commitments and diminishing parental demands, he defined it as a time for personal fulfillment. He saw it as the era of self-realization, when the...
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The Third Age: A Rationale for Research
As the Baby Boom generation approaches age 65 (the conventional age for retirement), a new division of the life course appears to be evolving. Referred to as the "Third Age," it has been the topic of conversation and research for over a decade in Britain...
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The Work and Retirement Experiences of Aging Black Americans
This chapter focuses on the life-course work experiences of Black Americans, and how these experiences influence well-being in later, normative periods and during processes of retirement (Jackson & Gibson, 1985). The focus on Black adults as they...
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