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Jacquelyn Boone James, Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Jennifer Kane Coplon & Betty Eckhaus Cohen

In: The SAGE Handbook of Aging, Work and Society

Chapter 27: Optimizing the Long Future of Aging: Beyond Involvement to Engagement

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Optimizing the Long Future of Aging: Beyond Involvement to Engagement
Optimizing the long future of aging: Beyond involvement to engagement
JacquelynBooneJames, MarciePitt-Catsouphes, JenniferKaneCoplon, and BettyEckhausCohen

It is widely recognized that the experience of aging is not what it used to be both in the US and abroad. Although new expectations for active and healthy aging have begun to emerge, many older adults feel that they are not sure what it means to be older in the 21st century. Not that long ago, disengagement was considered both normative and adaptive (Cumming, 2000; Cumming et al., 1960), and later life was characterized as a time of ‘rolelessness’ (Burgess, 1960). Today there are questions about what roles older adults should assume. Asset paradigms for aging suggest that older adults can ...

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