Getting Wise about Getting Old
288 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Nov 2020

Getting Wise about Getting Old

Debunking Myths about Aging

UBC Press, Purich Books

A grey tsunami is sweeping the land, wreaking social and financial havoc. Sound familiar? This myth about aging, along with twenty-eight others, is the focus of Getting Wise about Getting Old, which paints a far more accurate and nuanced portrait of old age. In it, experts debunk persistent stereotypes about aging on a broad array of social issues – from retirement (seniors are wealthy) to housing (most older adults live in long-term care accommodation), and violence (senior women are not victims of sexual assault) to political participation (seniors are conservative and resistant to change) – deconstructing and countering them with the latest findings. The work of two leading research groups in Quebec, the short and accessible chapters in this vitally important book contribute to a better understanding of the social challenges, as well as the advantages, of an aging society.

This book will be of interest to a wide audience, including seniors and readers interested in aging; students, teachers, and researchers; public policy makers; and politicians.

Véronique Billette is the coordinator of the VIES research team (Vieillissements, exclusions sociales, et solidarités [aging, social exclusion, and solidarity]), a group of researchers working on social issues of aging. Patrik Marier is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University, the scientific director of the Centre for Research and Expertise in Social Gerontology (CREGÉS), and the lead researcher of the VIES research team. Anne-Marie Séguin is a professor at the Centre Urbanisation Culture Société of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique.

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