Handbook on Women and Aging

Handbook on Women and Aging

Handbook on Women and Aging

Handbook on Women and Aging

Synopsis

Statistics show that women live longer than men, and that they constitute a substantial majority of the North American population over age 50. But lack of empirical data on aging women has helped to perpetuate numerous myths and stereotypes. This reference provides a comprehensive overview of current research on women and aging. Chapters are written by expert contributors and are grouped in sections devoted to historical and theoretical views, economic concerns, health and lifestyle issues, demographic information, and relationships. Chapters reflect research on women from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, the particular needs of the rural elderly, the problem of sexism and ageism, and the impact of significant life events, such as retirement and widowhood. Chapters cite current research, and the volume closes with a selected bibliography of major studies.

Excerpt

This reference book is designed to provide an extensive discussion of diverse topics with regard to midlife and older women. The intent in each chapter is to discuss the state of knowledge and the most current research on that topic. A wide variety of subjects reflecting many areas of the lives of midlife and older women has been selected for this volume. The major subjects covered herein include the old-old, work, rural older women, images in art, sexism and ageism, friendship, health, sex-role stereotypes, the social construction of older women, reminiscence, retirement, spirituality, voluntarism, models of lifespan psychological change, American Indians, Asian Americans, black Americans, Chicanas, suicide, economics, caregiving daughters, family relationships, historical images, singlehood, life satisfaction, widowhood, living arrangements, and fathers, daughters, and caregiving.

Many topics significant to midlife and older women are included in this volume, and there are others that might have been, or that might be included in a succeeding publication. The attempt in this book was to present an extremely varied collection of chapters focusing on issues most affecting midlife and older women. Some topics are more theoretical, while others emphasize more pragmatic concerns. Together, these chapters offer the reader an eclectic collection of information on women's issues.

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