Stuff in the ‘longevity’ Category

25 August, 2016

THE AGE OF LONGEVITY, Rosalind C. Barnett & Caryl Rivers

Long, productive lives are the destiny of most of us, not just the privilege of our great-grandchildren. The story of aging is not one of steady decline and decay; we need a new narrative based on solid research, not scare stories. Today Americans enjoy a new, healthy stage of life, between roughly 65 and 79, during which we are sta9781442255272longevityying engaged in the workplace, starting new relationships and careers, remaining creative and becoming entrepreneurs and job creators.

We are in the midst of a major paradigm shift in the way we live. Our major milestones are shifting. The definition of “normal” behavior is changing. Today, we marry later or not at all; cohabitation is not just a stepping stone to marriage, but a long-term arrangement for many. Women often have their first child in their 40s, and increasingly before they marry. People enjoy active sex lives well into their 6th, 7th or even 8th decades. None of our institutions will remain the same.

People are working longer, and given the declining birth rate, older workers will be in great demand. Four generations are increasingly working side by side, learning from each other. But we must ensure that the benefits of long life are not limited to a wealthy few.

The Age of Longevity shows how we as a society can embrace the life-altering changes that are either coming in the near future or are already underway. The authors give readers a panoramic view of how they, the institutions that affect them, and the country as a whole will need to adapt to what’s ahead. They offer strategies, based on cutting-edge research, that will enable individuals, institutions, companies, and governments to make the most of our lengthening life spans. Using real life examples throughout, the authors paint a picture of what our new longer lives will look like, and the changes that need to be made so we can all make those years both more productive and more enjoyable.

“One can’t read this book without concluding that age is only a mindset. If you’re over fifty, you may find yourself cheering out loud. If you’re under fifty, you ‘ll certainly find your stereotypes about aging challenged. No matter how old you are, you will gain renewed respect for the abilities that come with age.”

–Ellen J. Langer, professor of Psychology, Harvard University; author of Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Psychology of Possibility, Mindfulness, and The Power of Mindful Learning

“Barnett and Rivers enlighten us with everything you need to know about living longer. Prepare to be captivated by the exciting possibilities and new realities that the future holds for us all.”

–Margie E. Lachman, Phd, Minnie and Harold Fierman Professor of Psychology and Director of Lifespan Initiative on Healthy Aging and Lifespan Lab, Brandeis University; Editor of the Handbook of Midlife Development

“Rosalind Barnett and Caryl Rivers make a clarion call for reframing what aging and longevity are all about. They demand that we move beyond “what everyone knows” about aging and that we reject the “still syndrome”: Are you still working, are you still thinking, are you still alive? Through data and first-hand accounts, they document the creativity, productivity, happiness, and contributions of older adults and of older old adults.” –Robert B. Hudson, professor of Social Policy, Boston University

About the Authors:
Rosalind C. Barnett, Ph.D, has donepioneering research on workplace issues and family life in America, sponsored by major federal grants. She is senior scientist at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. Rosalind is a 2013 recipient of the Families and Work Institutes’ Work Life Legacy Award. She is the recipient of several national awards including the Radcliffe College Graduate Society’s Distinguished Achievement Medal, the Harvard University Graduate School’s Ann Rowe award for outstanding contribution to women’s education, the American Personnel and Guidance Association’s Annual Award for Outstanding Research, and the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government’s 1999 Goldsmith Research Award. Alone and with others, she has published over 115 articles, 37 chapters, and ten books. She has directed major research projects for the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and others.

Caryl Rivers is a nationally known author and journalist. She was awarded the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 from the Society of Professional Journalists for distinguished achievement in Journalism. She is a professor of Journalism at Boston University. Professor Rivers received the Gannett Freedom Forum Journalism Grant for research on media, the Goldsmith Research Grant, from the Shorenstein Center at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University, for research on gender and media issues, and the Massachusetts Foundation For The Humanities Media Studies Grant to research the ways in which gender, race and class affect news coverage.