60 on Up The Truth about Aging in the Twenty-First Century

ISBN-10: 0807029297
ISBN-13: 9780807029299
Edition: 2008
Authors: Lillian B. Rubin
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Description: A penetrating look at the profound changes that come with the new longevity, for those living it now and the boomers behind them The "golden years" can be anything but. With refreshing candor, best-selling author Dr. Lillian Rubin digs down under  More...

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List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

A penetrating look at the profound changes that come with the new longevity, for those living it now and the boomers behind them The "golden years" can be anything but. With refreshing candor, best-selling author Dr. Lillian Rubin digs down under the statistics about our graying population and offers a provocative and unflinching examination of all the burning issues that mark aging today. Tackling the subject over a broad swath of the population, cutting across race, class, gender, and physical and cognitive ability, Rubin delivers a powerful and long-overdue reminder that everyone will be touched by the problems arising from our new longevity. "A sharp, brazenly honest expose for the 78 million baby boomers who will grow old over the next two decades and can reasonably expect to survive into their 90s." -Cathleen Medwick, O Magazine "Once upon a time we had rites of passage to ease our way from adulthood into old age. Now we have Lillian Rubin. 60 on Up is everything most books on aging are not . . . A wonderful book, filled with the poignant beauty of all transient life." -Sam Keen, author of Fire in the Belly "What does it mean that Americans now want to retire early, but typically live into their 90s? Psychotherapist Lillian B. Rubin, whose best-selling book about marriage was Intimate Strangers, . . . [is] a very good writer [who] explores the good news/bad news about greater longevity of today's Americans." -David Mehegan, Boston Globe "With honesty, compassion and a large measure of wit and wisdom . . . Rubin describes in full the world of the elderly in America . . . Revealing and thought-provoking, this book makes a fine, thorough primer for middle-aged adults preparing for 'this business of getting old.'" -Publishers Weekly "For anyone in their fifties, sixties, or beyond, a new way to think about the rest of your life." -Alix Kates Shulman

Lillian B. Rubin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 13, 1924. She graduated from high school at the age of 15, was able to obtain a secretarial job, and was married at the age of 19. She had a daughter and worked at various jobs for over 20 years before enrolling in college in 1963. She received a B.A. in 1967 and a Ph.D. in sociology in 1971 from the University of California, Berkeley. After receiving postgraduate training as a psychotherapist, she began a dual career as a sociological researcher and a private therapist. She became a senior research associate at the Institute for the Study of Social Change at Berkeley, where she worked for many years while writing books. She wrote a series of popular books about the crippling effects of gender and class norms on human potential. Her books include Worlds of Pain: Life in the Working-Class Family, Women of a Certain Age: The Midlife Search for Self, Intimate Strangers: Men and Women Together, Just Friends: The Role of Friendship in Our Lives, Families on the Fault Line: America's Working Class Speaks about the Family, the Economy, Race, and Ethnicity, and The Transcendent Child: Tales of Triumph over the Past. She died on June 17, 2014 at the age of 90.

Through the Looking Glass
Out of the Closet
Staying Younger While Getting Older
Does Age Count Anymore?
The Marriage of Self and Society
The Golden Years? They've Gotta Be Kidding!
... And Now About Sex
The Shrinking Ties That Bind
Hey Folks, You're Spending My Inheritance
Taking Care of Mom and Dad
Oh My God, We're Old!
It's Better Than the Alternative, Isn't It?
One Last Word
Acknowledgments
Notes

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