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Part I. Culture, Aging, and Context
NEWS FLASH: Washington State Joins Oregon in Allowing Assisted Suicide. In March 2009 Assisted Suicdie become legal in Washington State. Their new law is similar to the one in Oregon: it allows terminally ill patients who are 18 or older, and who have been found mentally competent, to self-administer lethal drugs under the prescription of a doctor. An opt-out provision for hospitals was included, partly for the sake of health care providers affiliated with religious groups like the Roman Catholic Church.
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THE POOR ALSO GET ACCESS TO "DEATH WITH DIGNITY"
NEWS FLASH: Even before the fall of the Soviet Union male life expectancy in Russia was plummeting and it has only gotten worse. Find out the details in "Russia's Demographic "Crisis": How Real Is It?," by Julie DaVanzo and David Adamson: http://www.rand.org/publications/IP/IP162/
A follow-up to this report is found in a December 3, 2000, New York Times article by Michael Wines, "An Ailing Russia Lives a Tough Life That's Getting Shorter."
NEWS FLASH: "Population Implosion Worries a Graying Europe," Michael Specter New York Times July 10, 1998.
NEWS FLASH: "Once Widowed in India, Twice Scorned," John F. Burns, New York Times March 29, 1998.
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National Policy and Resource Center on Women and Aging. This new center at Brandies University seeks to focus national attention on the special problems of women as they age, to develop solutions and strategies for dealing with these problems, and to reach out to women and organizations across the country, promoting the changes necessary to improve older women's lives. Check it out at: www.heller.brandeis.edu/national/ind.html
RESEARCH TO FOLLOW:The work of Maria Cattell in chapter 4 provides an ethnographic window into the, day-to-day, life of older widows in rural Kenya. For a brief look at ongoing work among the Akan people of Ghanaclick on "Elderly people in Ghana: ongoing anthropological research," by Sjaak van der Geest. http://acs.tamu.edu/~yarak/GSC97Geest.html
BAD IS IT? "Population
ageing in developing societies: How urgent are the issues?" An April
2001 United Nations Report lays out the implications of population change
over the next fifty years.
NEW OLDER WOMEN AND CULTURAL CONTEXT IN INDIA. In this article by Leela Gulati, "Population Ageing and Women in Kerala State, India," the author shows how the situation in one of India's most prosperous regions alters the often negative context of older females in other parts of that nation. This is from: Asia-Pacific Population Journal Vol. 8 No. 1 (1993, pp. 53-63).
GENDER AND AGING. The International section of the US Census Bureau is a crucial resource for learning about the global dimension of population aging. Their web site now allows you to download and read many of their reports on particular countries at: http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/publist.html see publications under International Briefs, Populations Trends and Aging Trends. A good follow-up to Chapter 1 by Kevin Kinsella in the Cultural Context of Aging text is the online, "International Brief: Gender and Aging," by Yvonne Gist and Victoria Velkoff, 1997.
GLOBAL IMAGE OF OLDER WOMEN. A classic article
on older women in two Mediterranean societies can be read by
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http://www.census.gov/ftp/pub/ipc/www/idbpyr.html BUILD A PYRAMID. This page from the census bureau actually allows you to obtain population pyramids (graphs that show the distribution of population by age and sex) for most countries of the world. For example select Mexico and you can get projected pyramids graphs for 1997, 2025, 2050.
http://pr.aoa.dhhs.gov/aoa/stats/profile/ A PROFILE OF OLDER AMERICANS: 2000. An excellent resource for students providing the most up-to-date data and charts on such things as living arrangements, marital status and ethnic composition and many other variables.
http://www.popin.org/pop1998/8.htm The United Nations Population Division has an informal short article about global aging trends from 1999-2050.
http://pr.aoa.dhhs.gov/aoa/stats/aging21/ AGING INTO THE 21ST CENTURY. This special report was prepared by noted demographer Jacob Siegel. It provides the latest projections on the future elderly population. Includes population, marital status, and household information as well as information about labor force participation, income, education, living arrangements, and life expectancy. Twenty statistical tables are included using a variety of the latest sources. This report was developed by AOA's National Aging Information Center.
www.trinity.edu/~mkearl/death-su.html INTERNATIONAL DATA ON SUICIDE OVER LIFE SPAN.
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Aguilar, M. 1999. "Female gerontocrats and headmistresses of tradition: pastoral disruption and cultural continuity in a pastoral town," in D.L. Hodgson (ed.), Rethinking Pastoralism: Gender, Culture and the Myth of the Patriarchal Pastoralist. London: James Currey.
Aitken, L and G. Griffin, 1996. Gender Issues in Elder Abuse. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Armstrong, M. Jocelyn. 1996. More of living: New Zealand women's perspectives on aging and old age. New Zealand Studies 6(2): 16-20.
Ashton, V. 1996. "A study of mutual support between black and white grandmothers and their adult grandchildren." Journal of Gerontological Social Work 26(1/2): 87-100.
Baltes, M. and L.L. Carstensen. 1996. "The Process of Successful Aging." Ageing & Society 16(4): 397-422.
Baltes, P. and M. Baltes, eds. 1994. Successful Aging: Perspectives from the Behavioral Sciences (European Network on Longitudinal Studies on Individual Development, Vol 4) Cambridge, ENG: Cambridge University Press.
Buckley, C.J. 1996. "Gender, age and the marriage market: evidence on marriage in late adulthood in Russia." Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 11(3):255-67.
Dworkin, G., R Frey and S. Bok. 1998. Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide. New York: Cambridge University Press. Two noted philosophers and a famous ethicist debate the pros and cons of legalizing physician assisted suicide.
Paoletti, I. 1998. Being an older woman: a study in the social production of identity. Mahwah NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Practicing Anthropology 20(2). 1998. Theme: "Anthropology and Applied Gerontology." M.B. Rodin & Madelyn Iris, eds.
Scott, P.A. 1997. Growing old in the early republic: spiritual, social, and economic issues, 1790-1830. NY: Garland.
Seale, C. 1998. Constructing Death: The Sociology of Dying and Bereavement. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Settersten, R.A. 1997. The salience of age in the lifecourse. Human Development 5: 1-23.
Webb, M. 1997. The good death: the new American search to reshape the end of life. NY: Bantam.
Ernick, M. and B. Hayslip Jr. 1996. "Custodial grandparenting: new roles for middle-aged and older adults." International Journal of Aging and Human Development 43(2): 135-5-4.
Dickerson-Putman, J. 1997. "Women, Age and Power Among the Bena Bena of the Eastern Highlands," Special Issue, Pacific Studies, Women, Age and Power, Summer.
Dodge, H.H. 1996. Poverty transitions among elderly widows. NY: Garland.
Furman, F. 1997. Facing the Mirror: Older Women and Beauty Shop Culture. New York: Routledge.
Huntington, G. 1996. "Age, Gender and Influence in Hutterite Colonies." Communities 90:24-27.
Komesaroff, P. Rothfield, J. Daly and P. Komersaroff. 1997. Reinterpreting Menopause: Cultural and Philosophical Issues. Routledge New York: Routledge.
Owen, M. 1996. A World of Widows. St. Martin Press.
Payne, K. 1995. Older Women in Development, London: HelpAge International. A study of older women in developing countries and their contribution to the process of development. Available free of charge from , 67 - 74 Saffron Hill, London EC1N 8QX, UK.
Siegenthaler, J. 1996. "Poverty Among Single Elderly Women Under Different Systems of Old-Age Security: A Comparative Review" Social Security Bulletin 59:3:31-43.
Simon, B. 1998. "Never Married Older Women and Disability: A Majority Experience." In M. Fine and A. Asch, eds. Women with Disability. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Spiro, T., et al., eds. 1996. Facing Death: Where Culture, Religion, and Medicine et. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Starr Sered, S. 1992. Women as Ritual Experts: The Religious Lives of Elderly Jewish Women in Jerusalem. New York: Oxford University Press.
Wolf, R.S. 1996. "Elder Abuse and Family Violence: Testimony Presented before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging." Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect 8(1): 81-96.
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