Margaret Cruikshank's Learning to Be Old examines what it means to grow old in America today. The book questions social myths and fears about aging, sickness and the other social roles of the elderly, the over-medicalization of many older people, and ageism.
Cultural myths and aging Fear of an aging population Sickness and other social roles of old people Overmedicating old Americans Healthy physical aging The politics of healthy aging Class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender Ageism Countercultural gerontology A feminist's view of gerontology and women's aging.
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