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Growing in Age - eBooks.

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Growing in Age: Aging in today’s society

By Anne Millar

You are buying a zipped file containing eBook editions of this 154 page book in ePub and Mobi formats. (Print 2001, eBooks 2013) ISBNs: ePub 9781927260036, Mobi 9780958268264.


In this comprehensive book, Anne Millar shares the expertise she has gained from years of working with older people in nursing, counselling and pastoral care. Anne emphasises positive aging and challenges negative stereotypes.

The book has practical advice for people caring for older relatives and those working professionally with older people in social work and pastoral settings, in hospitals and residential care. Older people will also find material to inspire and inform them on their own journeys of ageing.

It covers many aspects of ageing:

  • Society and it’s attitudes
  • The personal journey of ageing
  • How relationships change: on retirement, when a spouse dies and when older people divorce and remarry
  • Changes and challenges of loss and grief, depression, dementia and dying
  • Caring for older people in their homes, in family and in residential care settings
  • The contributions older people make in their community and their legacy for future generations.

Trained as a nurse, Anne and physiotherapist husband Jim were involved in medical work in India with the Salvation Army. She then worked as a marriage guidance counsellor and nurse in Dunedin and Gisborne.

Moving to Christchurch in 1986, Anne was employed by Presbyterian Support, initially as manager of a residential home and then in establishing services for older people in the community. She then went on to work for them as a counsellor and group facilitator.

A mother and grandmother, Anne has two theological qualifications and is an ordained Methodist minister.

Praise for Growing in Age

“Anne Millar is widely valued for her thoughtful approach to older people and those who care for them. This book gathers insights from her long experience and reflects on them in ways easy to consider. I warmly commend it as absorbing reading. As one ‘growing in age’ I learnt a lot. “

Dame Phyllis Guthardt, Chancellor University of Canterbury, NZ

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction

1 — Our Ageing Society

  • Ageism
  • The Ageing Population
  • Myths and Realities
  • Chronology
  • Ill Health
  • Mental Deterioration
  • Inflexible Personality
  • Withdrawal and Disengagement
  • Asexuality
  • The Effects of Social Policy
  • The Feminisation of Ageing

2 — The Journey of Ageing

  • Developmental Tasks
  • Reminiscence and Life Review
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Health and Well-being
  • Spirituality

3 — Relationships

  • Retirement
  • Expectations and Implications
  • Relationships in Retirement
  • Retirement Villages
  • Marriage
  • Illness and Caring for a Partner
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Remarriage
  • Alternative Arrangements
  • Immigrants
  • Single Women
  • Single Men
  • Gay and Lesbian Relationships
  • Sexuality
  • Grandparenting

4 — Changes and Challenges

  • Loss and Grief
  • Complicated Grieving
  • Death of a Loved One
  • Living Alone
  • Men and Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Multi-Infarct or Vascular Dementia
  • Other Dementias
  • The Person and Their Caregivers
  • Spiritual Needs
  • The Last Days of Living
  • Rights and Choices
  • Responses to Dying
  • Family Involvement

5 — Careful Caring

  • Caring in the Family
  • Supporting Parents in Their Home
  • Sharing Living Arrangements
  • Residential/Hospital Care
  • Carer Stress
  • Spirituality in the Caregiving Role
  • Residential Care
  • Quality of Life
  • Elder Abuse
  • The Family Context
  • Institutional Abuse

6 — A Legacy for Future Generations

  • Role Models and Mentors
  • Story Tellers
  • A Global Contribution



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