By Lawrence R. Samuel

ISBN-10: 081224883X

ISBN-13: 9780812248838

Aging is a preoccupation shared via attractiveness bloggers, severe reporters, scientists, medical professionals, celebrities—arguably all of grownup the United States, given the pervasiveness of the campaign opposed to it in pop culture and the media. We take our youth-oriented tradition as a given yet, as Lawrence R. Samuel argues, this was once now not continuously the case. outdated age used to be respected in early the United States, partially since it used to be so infrequent. certainly, it used to be no longer till the Sixties, in line with Samuel, that the tale of getting older in the US turned the only we're such a lot accustomed to at the present time: getting older is a affliction that technological know-how will in the future therapy, and meanwhile, indicators of getting older could be avoided, masked, and handled as a resource of shame.

By tracing the tale of getting older within the usa over the process the final part century, Samuel vividly demonstrates the ways that aging tangibly contradicts the existing social values and attitudes of our youth-obsessed tradition. therefore, millions of adults imminent their sixties and seventies during this decade don't know how one can age, as they have been by no means ready to do so.

Despite contemporary traits that recommend a extra confident outlook, getting older continues to be considered by way of actual and cognitive decline, leading to discrimination within the office and marginalization in social existence. Samuels concludes Aging in America by way of exhorting his fellow child boomers to exploit their fiscal clout and sheer numbers to alter the narrative of getting older in America.

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