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Ageing in an Ageing Society

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This book emerges from a multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary conference entitled “Building Hospitable Communities for Aging: Challenge and Opportunities” held at Saint Paul University in September 2016. Academics, practitioners and researchers came together to discuss the impact of the current changing demographics on communities. While the exchanges were fruitful, we realized that we wanted to continue reflecting on ageing and to broaden the scope of the discussion. It is our belief that while the financial impact of ageing appears to be receiving increased attention, the more personal, familial and communal consequences of ageing must also be examined. This collection emerges from this wish to delve further into the topic of ageing as both personal and social phenomenon. The perspectives the papers engage with range from theoretical to applied. This is done on purpose in order to demonstrate how those perspectives can and must engage with each other. From the invisibility of ageing persons, to the manner in which discourses of ageing-well rely on normative assumptions, to the ways in which we engage with persons with dementia, to the responsibility of providing care locally and across borders, this collection endeavours to advance ageing as a positive challenge that can enrich us all.

Published: Oct 1, 2019

Book Contributors

Section Chapter Authors
Introduction Iva Apostolova, Monique Lanoix
Part One: Hospitality and the Embodied Self
1. The Ethics of Hospitality: How to Welcome our Ageing Sophie Cloutier
2. Spirituality and Ageing Patricia Marsden-Dole
3. The Other within Us: Reframing, with Spinoza, the Self’s Relationship with Ageing and Disability Iva Apostolova, Elaina Gauthier-Mamaril
Part Two: Ageing, Dementia and the Loss of Presence
4. Ageing and the Loss of Social Presence Christine Overall
5. Decline or Depersonalization? Thinking Dementia with Beauvoir an Malabou Matthew McLennan
6. LGBT, Ageing and Dementia Tim Johnston
Part Three: Dependence and Independence in the Context of Care and Ageing
7. Facing the End of Independence? Implications for Direct Practice for Older Adults Simone Powell
8. Dependence and Vulnerability in the 21st Century: The Swedish Case Hildur Kalman
9. Fostering Community Care: Supporting a Shared Experience of Ageing in Co-Housing Magdalena Goemans
Part Four: Ageing within and Across Borders
10. Caring Across Borders: Lessons from Transnational Families Marta Rodríguez-Galán
11. The Missing Voices in Ageing Well Frameworks: A Postcolonial Critique Lauren Brooks-Cleator
Part Five: Ageing and Care Ethics
12. Care Work, Dirt and Dignity: Towards a Dialogue between Ageing Studies and Care Ethics Sophie Bourgault
13. The Ethics of Ageing and Aesthetic Responsibility Elizabeth Lanphier-Barone