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Challenges of the Third Age Meaning and Purpose in Later Life

ISBN-10: 0195150252

ISBN-13: 9780195150254

Edition: 2002

Authors: Robert S. Weiss, Scott A. Bass

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The newly retired are entering a time of life that is virtually uncharted, a time in which they are free from social expectations and, to a large extent, from obligations to others. Life's meanings are no longer provided by work and family. Instead, men and women have the freedom, and the need, to find new activities that they can imbue with meaning. The term, "Third Age" has been given to this time of life during which for most there is relatively good health, financial stability, and reduced family obligations. The problems and possibilities of this "Third Age" serve as the material for this book. How do older people decide how to deploy their continued vitality, now that they are free from the demands of work and children? How do they find meaning in daily life? In this book, scholars from several disciplines consider the way in which meaning can be found in this important stage of later life. They discuss sociological, psychological, and religious determinants of responses to the challenges of finding meaningful activity after retirement.
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/8/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 7.99" wide x 5.31" long x 0.51" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Contributors
Bass: Introduction
Holding onto Meaning through the Life Cycle
Social Sources of Meaning in Later Life
The Third Age
Social Sources of Meaning in Later Life
Aging, Place, and Meaning in the Face of Changing Circumstances
Bringers of Allah: The Druse Elders
Aging, Intimate Relationships, and Life Story among Gay Men
Looking for Meaning in a Life's Experience
The Search for Meaning in Later Years: the Views of a Seventy-Four-Year Old Gerontological Social Worker
Bass: Epilogue: Concluding Note on Meaning and the Possibility of Productive Aging
Index