From the Inside Looking Out: Competing Ideas About Growing Old

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Perspectives from the elderly on the aging experience beyond what gerontology covers are collected in this study of the subjective experiences of older persons. Focus groups and questionnaires are among the research methods used to gather information from diverse Canadian cultural groups, including individuals in the black and Mi' Maq communities. The particular social challenges that elderly people must face are discussed in detail, including living arrangements, income, transportation, sexuality, leisure, education, religion, healthcare, suicide, culture, and ageism. Personal stories illustrate the contrast between the medical conceptions of aging and what is really experienced.

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Jeanette A. Auger is an associate professor of sociology at Acadia University. She is the author of Passing Through and Social Perspectives on Death and Dying. Diane Tedford-Litle is a women's rights activist and palliative-care volunteer with the Victorian Order of Nurses. She is a former volunteer for the Seniors Network, Hospice Consultation Committee, and Gerontology Association of Nova Scotia.

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