Aging in America: A Cultural History by Lawrence R. Samuel

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By Lawrence R. Samuel

Aging is a preoccupation shared by way of good looks bloggers, severe newshounds, scientists, medical professionals, celebrities—arguably all of grownup the USA, given the pervasiveness of the campaign opposed to it in pop culture and the media. We take our youth-oriented tradition as a given yet, as Lawrence R. Samuel argues, this used to be now not continuously the case. outdated age was once respected in early the US, partly since it was once so infrequent. certainly, it was once now not till the Nineteen Sixties, in keeping with Samuel, that the tale of getting older in the United States grew to become the single we're such a lot accustomed to at the present time: getting older is a sickness that technological know-how will someday medication, and meanwhile, symptoms of getting older could be avoided, masked, and taken care of as a resource of shame.

By tracing the tale of getting older within the usa over the process the final part century, Samuel vividly demonstrates the ways that aging tangibly contradicts the present social values and attitudes of our youth-obsessed tradition. hence, thousands and thousands of adults drawing close their sixties and seventies during this decade don't know the best way to age, as they have been by no means ready to do so.

Despite fresh tendencies that recommend a extra confident outlook, aging continues to be considered by way of actual and cognitive decline, leading to discrimination within the place of work and marginalization in social lifestyles. Samuels concludes Aging in America via exhorting his fellow child boomers to take advantage of their fiscal clout and sheer numbers to alter the narrative of getting older in America.

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