The Third Edition of this popular and widely-used text provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of aging, exploring the key behavioral and social science theories, concepts, and methods.
This new edition of Ageing in Society has been extensively rewritten and reflects new trends in European gerontology, incorporating recent developments in theory and research from international and interdisciplinary perspectives. The book is in two sections. In the first, contributors provide an overview of key issues in the study of biological, psychological, and social aging. The second section critically examines interdisciplinary perspectives on health, social protection, work and retirement, social relations, environments, cultural images of aging, cognitive aging, and the management of individual lifestyles.
Ageing in Society was developed by the British Society of Gerontology to fulfill the need for an authoritative introduction to social gerontology. As such, it is an ideal resource for students and lecturers in the social and behavioral sciences throughout the UK and Europe, as well as for students and practitioners in health and social care.
Chapter 13: Self and Life Management: Wholesome Knowledge for the Third Age
Self and Life Management: Wholesome Knowledge for the Third Age
The term ‘wholesome knowledge’ (Assmann, 1994) designates types of knowledge and cognitive activity that are intended to improve or preserve human beings. Our focus here is on knowledge that may be beneficial for older individuals and may help to develop new thought content. To be beneficial, knowledge should help to enhance broad goals like the development and management of the inner self and one's (outer) life. Such development is planned and intentional (Brandtstädter, 1999a), as well as intuitively growth-oriented. In this process, inner and outer resources are used, suitable goals are generated, barriers and difficulties are overcome.
Self-determined action to promote personal growth and life ...