Challenges of the Third Age: Meaning and Purpose in Later Life

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SCOTT A. BASS is Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Research at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where he also holds academic appointments of Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Policy Sciences. Dr. Bass is an expert in the field of gerontology and has published over fifty book chapters and thirty monographs or research reports on aging and aging policy.

BERTRAM J. COHLER is William Rainey Harper Professor, The College, the Committee on Human Development, and the Department of Psychology, University of Chicago. Together with Robert Galatzer-Levy, he is author of The Course of Lesbian and Gay Lives: Psychoanalytic and Social Perspectives.

ROSE DOBROF is Brookdale Professor of Gerontology at Hunter College. She was the founding Director of the Hunter/ Brookdale Center on Aging and was a member of the faculty at the Hunter College School of Social Work from 1964 until 1975.

DAVID GUTMANN, as an academic psychologist, studies the normal development of the aging personality in this and other cultures. As a clinical psychologist, he studies the abnormal psychology of aging—particularly those conditions that result

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents v
  • Contributors vii
  • Challenges of the Third Age *
  • Introduction 3
  • One - Holding onto Meaning through the Life Cycle 13
  • References *
  • Two - The Third Age 29
  • References *
  • Three - The Changing Meaning of Aging 41
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  • Four - Social Sources of Meaning in Later Life 55
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  • Five - Aging, Place, and Meaning in the Face of Changing Circumstances 81
  • Reference 107
  • Six - Bringers of Allah: The Druse Elders 115
  • References 136
  • Seven - Aging, Intimate Relationships, and Life Story among Gay Men 137
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  • Eight - Looking for Meaning in a Life's Experience 161
  • Nine - The Search for Meaning in the Later Years: The Views of a Seventy-Four-Year-Old Gerontological Social Worker 173
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  • Epilogue - Concluding Note on Meaning and the Possibility of Productive Aging 189
  • References *
  • Index 199
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