Growing (Very) Old, Staying Connected, and Reimagining Aging
Boomers are heading into (very) old age following a pandemic, a time of overt ageism and deficient eldercare. The front wave, now in their seventies, are on the brink of life changes that will challenge everyone - family, friends, and the health care system too. Recognizing the dire need to meet these challenges, Gillian Ranson investigates what they are doing to prepare for old age. Regardless of their situation - well off or struggling, partnered or on their own - front-wave boomers share one thing: the need for intimate, caring social ties. Many of them are making these connections with creativity and resilience. Their stories hold lessons for us all.
About this Author
Gillian Ranson is a former journalist and professor of sociology. She has written three books on various aspects of family life, inspired by her personal experience as a working mother. Now, as a front-wave boomer, and a grandmother, she's exploring aging, and the future she and her peers are likely to find in Canada in the years ahead. She lives in Vancouver.
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