Book: Aging in an Aging Society
Chapter: 3. Aging and the Loss of Social Presence
“Aging and the Loss of Social Presence” by Christine Overall aims at exposing the worrying tendency of enforced loss of social presence of old(er) persons. To the suggestion touted by some philosophers that there are benefits for the individual from withdrawing from professional and social life in old age, Overall counter-proposes a re-examination of the way the individual herself values her own aging and dying process.