Aging and the Meaning of Time: A Multidisciplinary by Susan McFadden PhD, Robert Atchley PhD

By Susan McFadden PhD, Robert Atchley PhD

As we confront our personal mortality, we would ask, ''What has my lengthy lifestyles intended and the way have the years formed me?'' or ''How lengthy needs to I suffer?'' Such questions replicate time-consciousness, the focal point of this vintage volume.

The authors, from various disciplines in gerontology, act as publications within the exploration of the nation-states of time in later lifestyles and their meanings. As they research how the examine of time can provide new meanings to getting older, additionally they reflect on the spiritual and non secular questions raised while people think about the temporal limitations of life.

This quantity honors Melvin Kimble's contributions to gerontology and represents a brand new course within the research of faith, spirituality, and aging.

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1973). Walt Whitman: A study in the evolution of personality. Detroit: Wayne State University. (Original work published 1894) Tornstam, L. (2000). Transcendence in late life. Generations, 23(4), 10-14. This page intentionally left blank CHAPTER 2 It's About Time Jon Hendricks WHAT TIME IS IT? Those who travel outside their homeland quickly realize time and its marking are beset with ambiguity. What seemed unquestionably natural meets a curious time, peculiarly stippled and seemingly distorted.

Scientists have barely begun to attend to the possible influences from the earth's magnetism, gravity, barometric pressure, or atmospheric radiation (Orme, 1969). TIME IN MIND Regardless of constitutive elements, awareness of time is above all else a social construction. Perhaps more than any other definition, our interpretation of time is what gives it reality. Apart from our experience all else is abstraction. Having said that does not mean those personal concepts of time, what we generally refer to as one's temporal sense, are so ephemeral as to be unrecognizable.

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