JAY SOKOLOVSKY is Professor and Director of Anthropology at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. Sokolovsky specializes in cross-cultural, comparative gerontology and has written several books, as well as more than 30 articles and book chapters, dealing with this subject. In his research he has studied aging in a Mexican peasant village, New York's inner-city, Tampa, Florida, the new town of Columbia, Maryland, and in urban neighborhoods in Croatia and England. He has edited Growing Old in Different Societies and is coauthor of Old Men of the Bowery. Sokolovsky is cofounder and former President of the Association of Anthropology and Gerontology, former President of the Association of Anthropology and Gerontology, and Founder of the International Commission on Aging of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences.
A new feature of the book includes an integrated set of web book articles listed in the table of contents and available on the book's web site: (www.stpt.usf.edu/jsokolov/webbook). This is in addition to the largest web support of its kind providing literature updates, educational activities and even access to power points, graphics and video supplementing the text.
In this one of a kind edited text, readers will encounter the laughing clubs of India, the centenarian diet plan of Okinawa, the waltzing elders of urban China, aging in a true woman-centered society, the elderscapes of Florida, the challenge of "Conscious Aging," Japan's robotic granny minders, Denmark's "Flexsecurity" long-term care system; the Midwest's elder-friendly communities, "Eldertopia" and the "Green House" model for dementia care. Welcome to your future!
After a chance encounter with an extraordinary ninety-year-old woman, renowned gerontologist Karl Pillemer began to wonder what older people know about life that the rest of us don't.
His quest led him to interview more than one thousand Americans over the age of sixty-five to seek their counsel on all the big issues: children, marriage, money, career, aging. Their moving stories and uncompromisingly honest answers often surprised him. And he found that he consistently heard advice that pointed to these thirty lessons for living. Here he weaves their personal recollections of difficulties overcome and lives well lived into a timeless book filled with the hard-won advice these older Americans wish someone had given them when they were young.
Like This I Believe, StoryCorps's Listening Is an Act of Love, and Tuesdays with Morrie, 30 Lessons for Living is a book to keep and to give. Offering clear advice toward a more fulfilling life, it is as useful as it is inspiring.