By Lars Tornstam PhD

Given the 2006 GREAT GERONTOLOGY AWARD for striking contribution to gerontological study through the Swedish Gerontological Society

Received a VALUE flooring AWARD from the magazine Aldreomsorg (Old Age Care)

Expanding upon his previous writings, Dr. Tornstam's newest ebook explores the necessity for brand new theories in gerontology and units the level for the advance of his concept of gerotranscendence. This concept used to be built to deal with what the writer sees as a perpetual mismatch among current theories in social gerontology and latest empirical data.

The improvement in the direction of gerotranscendence can contain a few missed developmental alterations which are with regards to elevated lifestyles delight, as self-described via participants. The gerotranscendent person usually studies a redefinition of the Self and of relationships to others and a brand new realizing of basic existential questions:

  • The person turns into much less self-occupied and whilst extra selective within the collection of social and different activities.
  • There is an elevated feeling of affinity with prior generations and a reduced curiosity in superfluous social interaction.
  • The person may additionally event a reduce in curiosity in fabric issues and a better want for solitary "meditation.î optimistic solitude turns into extra important.
  • There can also be usually a sense of cosmic communion with the spirit of the universe, and a redefinition of time, area, existence and death.

Gerotranscendence doesn't suggest any kingdom of withdrawal or disengagement, as occasionally erroneously believed. it isn't the previous disengagement idea in new cover. fairly, it's a idea that describes a developmental development past the previous dualism of job and disengagement.

The writer helps his conception with insightful qualitative in-depth interviews with older folks and quantitative reviews. moreover, Tornstam illustrates the sensible implications of the idea of gerotranscendence for pros operating with older adults in care settings. an invaluable Appendix comprises feedback of the way to facilitate own improvement towards gerotranscendence.

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