Aging thoughtfully Conversations about retirement, romance, wrinkles, and regret
Book - 2017
A philosopher and a lawyer-economist examine the challenges of the last third of life. They write about friendship, sex, retirement communities, inheritance, poverty, and the depiction of aging women in films. These essays, or conversations, will help readers of all ages think about how to age well, or at least thoughtfully, and how to interact with older family members and friends.
- Cover; Half-Title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Learning from King Lear; Aging and Control in King Lear-and the Danger of Generalization; Distributing, Disinheriting, and Paying for Care since Lear; 2. Retirement Policy; Must We Retire?; No End in Sight; 3. Aging with Friends; On Aging, on Friendship: Arguing with Cicero; What Are Friends For?; 4. Aging Bodies; Can Wrinkles Be Glamorous?; Our Bodies, Ourselves: Aging, Stigma, and Disgust; 5. Looking Back; Living the Past Forward: The Present and Future Value of Backward-Looking Emotions; No Regrets, and a Cheer for Retirement Communities6. Romance and Sex beyond Middle Age; Lies of Richard Strauss, Truths of Shakespeare: Aging Women, Sex, and Love; The Adventures of Ben Franklin, Ivana Trump, and Rejected Lovers of All Ages; 7. Inequality and an Aging Population; Inequality and the Elderly Poor; Aging and Human Capabilities; 8. Giving It Away; Paradoxes of Giving (Solutions Included); Aging and Altruism; Index