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Aging and the Meaning of Time

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Aging and the Meaning of Time

SKU# 9780826102652

A Multidisciplinary Exploration


  • Susan McFadden PhD
  • Robert Atchley PhD

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As we confront our own mortality, we might ask, "What has my long life meant and how have the years shaped me?" or "How long must I suffer?" Such questions reflect time-consciousness, the focus of this classic volume.

The authors, from diverse disciplines in gerontology, act as guides in the exploration of the realms of time in later life and their meanings. As they examine how the study of time can give new meanings to aging, they also consider the religious and spiritual questions raised when human beings consider the temporal boundaries of life.

This volume honors Melvin Kimble's contributions to gerontology and represents a new direction in the study of religion, spirituality, and aging.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 03, 2006
  • Page Count 280
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826102652
  • EISBN 9780826103826

Table of Contents 

    Foreword by James E. Birren
    Part I: Understanding Time and Aging
  1. The Flow of Spiritual Time Amid the Tides of Life, W. Andrew Achenbaum
  2. It's About Time, Jon Hendricks
  3. Aging, Time Estimation, and Emotion, Quinn Kennedy, Helene H. Fung, and Laura L Carstensen
  4. Meaning and the Tenses of Time: A Whiteheadian Perspective, Paul R. Sponheim

  5. Part II: Experiencing Time and Aging
  6. Learning, Aging, and Other Predicaments, Armin Grams
  7. Voyage in Time, Carter Catlett Williams
  8. "It's 1924 and Somewhere in Texas, Two Nuns Are Driving a Backwards Volkswagen": Storytelling With People With Dementia, Anne Davis Basting
  9. A Personal Journey of Aging: The Spiritual Dimension, Melvin A. Kimble

  10. Part III: Effects of Religious Beliefs and Spiritual Practices on Meanings of Time and Aging
  11. The Influence of Spiritual Beliefs and Practices on the Relation Between Time and Aging, Robert C. Atchley
  12. Discovering the Spirit in the Rhythm of Time, Marita Grudzen and James P. Oberle
  13. The Contemplative Context of Time, Elizabeth Oates Schuster
  14. The Job Hypothesis: Gerotranscendence and Life Satisfaction Among Elderly Turkish Muslims, L. Eugene Thomas
  15. Chronos to Kairos: Christian Perspectives on Time and Aging, Susan H. McFadden and Jane M. Thibault