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Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing Of The New Old age
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Social Sciences
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9780307377944
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Susan Jacoby
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Random House
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Susan Jacoby, an unsparing chronicler of unreason in American culture, now offers an impassioned, tough-minded critique of the myth that a radically new old age--unmarred by physical or mental deterioration, financial problems, or intimate loneliness--awaits the huge baby boom generation. Combining historical, social, and economic analysis with personal experiences of love and loss, Jacoby ...

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    Category Type
    Social Sciences
    ISBN
    9780307377944
    Item EAN
    2724546254762
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    Author
    Susan Jacoby
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    Publisher
    Random House
    Category Type
    Social Sciences
    ISBN
    9780307377944
    Item EAN
    2724546254762
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    Author
    Susan Jacoby
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    Publisher
    Random House
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    Description:

    Susan Jacoby, an unsparing chronicler of unreason in American culture, now offers an impassioned, tough-minded critique of the myth that a radically new old age--unmarred by physical or mental deterioration, financial problems, or intimate loneliness--awaits the huge baby boom generation. Combining

    Susan Jacoby, an unsparing chronicler of unreason in American culture, now offers an impassioned, tough-minded critique of the myth that a radically new old age--unmarred by physical or mental deterioration, financial problems, or intimate loneliness--awaits the huge baby boom generation. Combining historical, social, and economic analysis with personal experiences of love and loss, Jacoby turns a caustic eye not only on the modern fiction that old age can be "defied" but also on the sentimental image of a past in which Americans supposedly revered their elders. "Never Say Die" unmasks the fallacies promoted by twenty-first-century hucksters of longevity--including health gurus claiming that boomers can stay "forever young" if they only live right, self-promoting biomedical businessmen predicting that ninety may soon become the new fifty and that a "cure" for the "disease" of aging is just around the corner, and wishful thinkers asserting that older means wiser. The author offers powerful evidence that America has always been a "youth culture" and that the plight of the neglected old dates from the early years of the republic. Today, as the oldest boomers turn sixty-five, it is imperative for them to distinguish between marketing hype and realistic hope about what lies ahead for the more than 70 million Americans who will be beyond the traditional retirement age by 2030. This wide-ranging reappraisal examines the explosion of Alzheimer's cases, the uncertain economic future of aging boomers, the predicament of women who make up an overwhelming majority of the oldest--and poorest--old, and the illusion that we can control the way we age and die. Jacoby raises the fundamental question of whether living longer is a good thing unless it means living better. Her book speaks to Americans, whatever their age, who draw courage and hope from facing reality instead of embracing that oldest of delusions, the fountain of youth.

    • Never Say Die: The Myth And Marketing Of The New Old Age
    • Author: Susan Jacoby
    • Publisher: Random House.
    • Published: 2011
 

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