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Front-Wave Boomers

Growing (Very) Old, Staying Connected, and Reimagining Aging
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
UBC Press
 | 
April, 2022
ISBN:
9780774890502
Quantity: 
2
$22.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Boomers are heading into (very) old age following a pandemic, a time of overt ageism and deficient eldercare. The front wave, now entering their seventies, are on the brink of life changes that will challenge everyone—family, friends, and the health care system too. Recognizing the dire need to meet these challenges, Vancouver-based Gillian Ranson investigates what they are doing to prepare for old age. Regardless of their situation—well off or struggling, partnered or on their own—front-wave boomers share one thing: the need for intimate, caring social ties. Many of them are making these connections with creativity and resilience. Their stories hold lessons for us all.

Whether an elder orphan living in subsidized housing, a busy grandparent doing daycare pickups, a small business owner phasing into retirement, or a wife learning to cope with a husband's dementia, they all share one thing: they need intimate, caring social ties to other people. Just as the baby boomer generation transformed life for teenagers and youth in the 1960s, they now have a chance to create a better way to grow old. Their stories—deftly woven throughout this book—hold lessons for us all.

There is now widespread recognition, and the promise of federal funds, to support aging in place—hopefully in all-age-friendly communities... This takes us back to all the public spaces, and the homes, where people of all ages gather and get to know one another. Hopefully, in the course of all this gathering, and the intergenerational connections we establish, ageist stereotypes will diminish, and we will all come to recognize that very old age is part of the cycle of life, that, with luck, we'll all experience. We'll recognize that care is something that older people are owed, because they have right as citizens and because we as a society have a moral duty to care.

This book is essential reading for baby boomers and their adult children, professionals and scholars who work with those in their golden years, and anyone who's simply curious about what the future could look like for them.

 

Publisher’s Description: 

Boomers are heading into (very) old age following a pandemic, a time of overt ageism and deficient eldercare. The front wave, now entering their seventies, are on the brink of life changes that will challenge everyone family, friends, and the health care system too. Recognizing the dire need to meet these challenges, Gillian Ranson investigates what they are doing to prepare for old age. Regardless of their situation well off or struggling, partnered or on their own front-wave boomers share one thing: the need for intimate, caring social ties. Many of them are making these connections with creativity and resilience. Their stories hold lessons for us all.

Boomers are heading into (very) old age following a pandemic, a time of overt ageism and shamefully deficient eldercare. The front wave, now entering their seventies, are on the brink of life changes that will be challenging for everyone family, friends, and for the health care system too.

Recognizing the dire need to tackle these changes, journalist and sociologist Gillian Ranson, a front-wave boomer herself, investigates what they are doing to prepare for old age.

Whether an elder orphan living in subsidized housing, a busy grandparent doing daycare pickups, a small business owner phasing into retirement, or a wife learning to cope with a husbands dementia, they all share one thing they need intimate, caring social ties to other people.

Just as the baby boomer generation transformed life for teenagers and youth in the 1960s, they now have a chance to create a better way to grow old. Their stories hold lessons for us all.

This book is essential reading for baby boomers and their adult children, professionals and scholars who work with those in their golden years, and anyone whos simply curious about what the future could look like for them.

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