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“The ideal supplement for your introductory aging or social gerontology courses, Worlds of Difference, Third Edition, is the only book for undergraduates that addresses the diversity of aging experiences in society by race, gender and social class. “The virtue of this book is that it makes a multicultural, systems of inequality approach to the study of aging accessible to students and it does so by letting people from privileged as well as disadvantaged perspectives speak for themselves”…. Robin Moremen, Northern Illinois University.”

Cultural Images of Old Age
Cultural images of old age

Old age is accompanied by physical changes. Our immune systems are less able to fight off disease, and our capacity to mobilize physical energy declines. Our hearing and vision become less acute. Changes in appearance, such as gray hair and wrinkled skin, become more prevalent. In the absence of disease, these changes seldom interfere with the ability to pursue desired activities or fulfill social obligations (Atchley, 1997). Age-related physical changes, however, occur within a cultural context that assigns meanings to physical characteristics, and often the symbolic rather than the functional consequences of age-related changes have the most negative impact on older people. Here, we will explore the impact of cultural images about old age and the ...

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