Readings Week 3.docx - Readings Week 2 Reading One The Coming of Age by Simeone de Beauvoir “Can I have become a different being while I still remain

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Readings Week 2 Reading One: The Coming of Age by Simeone de Beauvoir “Can I have become a different being while I still remain myself?” - Discuss the tension identified in this quote between staying the same and changing as we grow older. Age brings technical mastery and freedom while at the same time it also brings a questioning, challenging state of mind. Freedom and clarity of mind are not significant if society does not perceive grown people as useful as they were when they were younger (full of life). The solution for old age is to go and pursue things that provide personal meaning. Find, preserve passions. Reading Two: Vital Involvement in Old Age by Erikson et al. - What assumptions do the authors seem to be making about current and future older adults? What might be some of the characteristics of “vital involvement”? Vital involvement. Older people, are by nature, conservationists and they are crucial for the maintenance of our natural world. We need those memories and those voices. More tolerance to gender roles. They acknowledge that violence breeds hatred and destroys the interconnectedness of life and societies. Ideally, societies should be able to tolerate and appreciate elders as part of the community and not as foreigners. Widespread participation of the arts could be a good mechanism to achieve involvement Reading Three: Successful Aging by Rowe and Kahn - What do Rowe and Kahn mean by “successful aging”? What are your thoughts about this optimistic construction of old age? How realistic do you think it is? Are there other alternatives that are still positive? Successful aging means just what is says: aging well, which is very different from not aging at all. There are three components of successful aging: avoiding disease and disability, maintaining mental and physical function, and continuing engagement with life. Reading Four: The Measure of My Days by Scott-Maxwell - The author writes about old age as both “a time of heroic helplessness” and “a place of fierce energy.” What do you think she’s trying to express about aging and being an old person? Can you think of any examples that illustrate this seeming contradiction? According to her, age only defines our own boundaries. For her, her faults have become stronger than she is. Aging is a place of fierce energy/ passion. Unfortunately, vivid life cannot be used. Sometimes she feels that she is barely here, there is no room for her at all. For her, ageing is a new place of which people know nothing about. One’s interest in it by- passed; further go on, go further on, one finds that one has arrived at a larger place still, the place of release. Part of which is outside age has been created by age, so there is gain as well as loss. “If at the end of your life you have only yourself, it is much. Look, you will find.” Activity or Reflection?
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- The question of whether old age has meaning comes back to two alternatives: 1. Continuation of midlife values into old age 2. Discovering some new or special challenge that belongs to the last stage of life
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