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About Lifelong: How Older Americans Deal with Aging Problems
December 8, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
One event on December 8, 2021 at 1:30 pm
AT LIFELONG ($20)
While aging is a biological eventuality, culture also plays a vital role in shaping it. Hence, Americans’ negative attitudes toward old age both shocked and puzzled me when I moved here from Japan where growing old is viewed as part of a normal life course. I later found that behind American view of old age is a wide gap between the cultural ideal (independence, health, and productivity) and the reality of aging (needing assistance, illness, and retirement). This course will explore how older Americans negotiate this wide gap between the ideal and the real based on my long-term research at Lifelong. Drawing on my book, “Through Japanese Eyes: Thirty Years of Studying Aging in America,” I will discuss two major strategies used by American elders —support networks and postretirement housing— to prolong their autonomy in the face of declining self-sufficiency.
Presenter: Yohko Tsuji (Author)