The Other within Us: Feminist Explorations of Women and Aging

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themselves. Not surprisingly, a disproportionate number (74.6 percent) of nursing home patients are very old, white, female, and without spouse (Special Committee on Aging, 1985). The economic implications of an aging population are obvious. If limits are not set, Callahan predicts that health care expenditures for the elderly will exceed $200 billion by the year 2000. By 2040, he predicts that pension and health programs will account for 14.5 percent of the GNP and 60.4 percent of the Federal budget, respectively ( 1987, 228).
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Childress does not make this argument with respect to older women in particular. He makes it with respect to all older persons.
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Furthermore, some social changes designed to benefit women economically have actually worked to their detriment. "No-fault divorce looked like a civilized way for equal adults to deal with marital incompatibility. [Yet] its implementation has cut adrift millions of middle-aged and elderly housewives who had every right to believe they had been guaranteed a comfortable home for life. Well-meaning efforts to reform welfare failed miserably to lead single mothers out of poverty" ( Bergmann, 1986, 300).

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Aging America: Trends and projections. 1983. US Senate Special Committee on Aging (in conjunction with AARP). Washington, DC.

America in transition: An aging society. 1985. US Senate Special Committee on Aging. Washington, DC. 99-B.

A profile of older Americans -- 186. American Association of Retired Persons. Washington, DC.

Bergmann, Barbara. 1986. The economic emergence of women. New York: Basic Books.

Butler, R. N. 1975. Why survive? Being old in America. New York: Harper and Row.

Callahan, Daniel. 1987. Setting limits: Medical goals in an Aging society. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Childress, James E 1984. Ensuring care, respect, and fairness for the elderly. The Hastings Center Report 14(5): 27-31.

Day, Alice T. 1984. Who cares? Demographic trends challenge family care for the elderly. Populations Trends and Public Policy. Washington, DC: Population Reference Bureau, Inc.

Elder abuse reports are growing in SC. 1988. The State. Columbia, SC. June 5. Long term care: A review of the evidence. 1986. University of Minnesota, School of Public Health: Division of Health Services.

May, William. 1982. Who cares for the elderly? The Hastings Center Report 12(6): 31-37. Projections of the population of the US by age, sex and race: 1983-2080. Washington, DC: US Bureau of the Census. Series P-25, 952.

Reskin, Barbara and H. Hartmann, eds. 1986. Women's work, men's work. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Waldo, Daniel and H. Lazenby. 1984. "Demographic characteristics and health care use and expenditures by the aged in the US: 1977-1984". Health Care Financing Review 6(1).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction 1
  • Notes 16
  • Part One - Situating 17
  • 1 - The Double Standard of Aging 19
  • 2 - Portnoy's Mother's Complaints 25
  • 3 - The Plight of Older Black Women 37
  • References 41
  • 4 - The Feminization of Poverty Among the Elderly 43
  • Notes 54
  • 5 - Older Women in the City 57
  • Notes 68
  • Part Two - Problematizing 71
  • 6 Friends or Foes - Gerontological and Feminist Theory 73
  • Notes 91
  • References 91
  • 7 Heresy in the Female Body - The Rhetorics of Menopause 95
  • Notes 110
  • References 110
  • 8 Gender, Race, and Class - Beyond the Feminization of Poverty in Later Life 113
  • Notes 119
  • References 119
  • 9 - The View from Over the Hill 121
  • Notes 134
  • 10 - Adult Daughters and Care for the Elderly 135
  • Notes 146
  • 11 What Setting Limits May Mean - A Feminist Critique of Danielcallahan's Setting Limits 151
  • Notes 158
  • References 159
  • Part Three - Representing 161
  • 12 Sunset Boulevard - Fading Stars 163
  • Notes 175
  • 13 - Remembering Our Foremothers Older Black Women, Politics of Age, Politics of Survival as Embodied in the Novels of Toni Morrison 177
  • Notes 193
  • 14 Visible Difference - Women Artists and Aging 197
  • Notes 214
  • 15 - Time Will Tell 221
  • Part Four - Privileging 227
  • 16 - Toward Another Dimension . . . 229
  • 17 - Indian Summer 233
  • 18 - In the Heat of Shadow 239
  • 19 - Mirror of Strength Portrait of Two Chilean Arpilleristas 243
  • 20 - The Space Crone 249
  • 21 - Serenity and Power 253
  • Notes 273
  • Credits 275
  • About the Book and Editor 277
  • About the Contributors 279
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