Fountain of Age

Betty Friedan

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Fountain of Age

Fountain of Age Struggling to hold on to the illusion of youth Friedan wrote we have denied the reality and evaded the new triumphs of growing older We have seen age only as decline In this powerful and very person

  • Title: Fountain of Age
  • Author: Betty Friedan
  • ISBN: 9780743299879
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Paperback
  • Struggling to hold on to the illusion of youth, Friedan wrote, we have denied the reality and evaded the new triumphs of growing older We have seen age only as decline In this powerful and very personal book, Betty Friedan charted her own voyage of discovery, and that of others, into a different kind of aging Friedan found ordinary men and women, moving into their fiftStruggling to hold on to the illusion of youth, Friedan wrote, we have denied the reality and evaded the new triumphs of growing older We have seen age only as decline In this powerful and very personal book, Betty Friedan charted her own voyage of discovery, and that of others, into a different kind of aging Friedan found ordinary men and women, moving into their fifties, sixties, seventies, discovering extraordinary new possibilities of intimacy and purpose In their surprising experiences, Friedan first glimpsed, then embraced, the idea that one can grow and evolve throughout life in a style that dramatically mitigates the expectation of decline and opens the way to a further dimension of personhood The Fountain of Age suggests new possibilities for every one of us, all founded on a solid body of startling but little known scientific evidence It demolishes those myths that have constrained us for too long and offers compelling alternatives for living one s age as a unique, exuberant time of life, on its own authentic terms.

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    1. Mary on said:

      Friedan was always ahead of the curve. Her discussion of how difficult it was to find research on aging that did not involve the 'problems.' She included interesting stories from people actually trying to negotiate aging in a society that values youth.

    2. Suzanne on said:

      This is a book which, intrigued by the title, I picked up some years ago but didn't read beyond the preface. Now, facing mandatory retirement, I picked it up again and found it inspirational. While carefully researched with many interactions with gerontologists and other "professionals" of age, the book is essentially a personal odyssey, an exploration of dealing with aging and the opening up of a whole new range of possibilities through generativity. The latter term is not a familiar one but es [...]

    3. Ellyn Lem on said:

      When I read Atul Gawande's On Being Mortal and What Matters in the End, I thought it was a life-changing book in that he gave so much insight into how our growing older population should be treated and valued as they make decisions about the remaining part of their lives. Little did I know at the time that Betty Friedan (of legendary Feminine Mystique status) twenty year BEFORE Gawande and brought up some of the very same ideas and more. This book should be required reading for anyone post-fifty [...]

    4. Anne Borrowdale on said:

      An inspiring book in the true sense of the word. It got me feeling really positive about growing older. Friedan covers a lot of ground, and while it's 20 years since The Fountain of Age was first published, much of it is extremely relevant. Overlong? Yes. It's full of stories from older people living vital lives, all of which are interesting, but they're not all needed to illustrate the main points. A chapter describing Friedan's experience of an adventure holiday again feels too long for its pl [...]

    5. Fran Linhart on said:

      thought provoking; now that I'm turning 60, I should read it again.

    6. Amy Hearth on said:

      I was disappointed by this book. It was intended to be groundbreaking but it wasn't. Also, same old elitist point of view from Friedan. (See my review of Feminine Mystique.)

    7. Karen on said:

      Friedan takes on a worthy project: dispelling the myth that aging means decline, detachment and decay. She's right to challenge the ageism pervasive in our society. We too often objectify older adults, even when we seek to take good care of them. We end up infantalizing them, robbing them of their personhood.The aim of her book is a 5/5 star rating. The execution is 3/5. She is plagued by three problems: 1) She's long winded (636 pages!). She gives an avalanche of evidence for each major claim, [...]

    8. Drew on said:

      Feminist Betty Friedan debunks many myths about old age as she shifts then rejuvenates our perspective about what "the third age of life" might mean if we approached it with curiosity, engagement and a sense of utility. Contrary to the constant rhetoric and the general consensus, most of us will not get Alzheimer's or end up in nursing homes so what are we to do with our final years? Though published in 1993, this tome (600+ pages) has much wisdom to impart that doesn't show the wear and tear of [...]

    9. Frank on said:

      Listened to this one on tape.Nice look at what to do about our weird obsession with not dying. I particularly liked her call for elder care physicians to approach dying less like a disease to be cured or postponed, and more like an eventually to be managed. Pointed out the cost issue, and the dangers of controlling costs through care, but also the necessity of this. Would like to read more on this particular part of the problem.

    10. Ellen on said:

      I like this path of thought. Just say no to medicare drugs. You are only as old as you feel and don't let anyone tell you what you are suppose to feel. It's your life, make the most of it. Age is nothing but mind over matter, if you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

    11. Karen Kortsch on said:

      Very interesting look at the evolving mind of Betty Friedan. Very long book. Took forever to finish. Lots of interesting ideas on aging to contemplate.

    12. Elizabeth Alford on said:

      Amazing book. A must read for those interested in thoughtful discussion on our youth-obsessed culture

    13. Janet on said:

      This is a must-read for anyone over 50. It's long and academic, but it is one of the most useful on aging and the good or bad choices that need to be made.

    14. Rie Charles on said:

      A little dated and from the point of view of a wealthy white woman, but otherwise interesting.

    15. Diane on said:

      Friedan does not disappoint in this intriguing perspective on aging.

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