Women Coming of Age

Women and Aging surveys the evolving sociopolitical landscape in an era still struggling with gender and age discrimination. This insightful volume recasts familiar concepts such as social roles, appearance, health, sexuality and transition through the related lenses of empowerment/restraint and quality of life/well-being for a deeper understanding of the disparities that exist both with men and within their own gender. Two especially relevant questions emerge from this framework: how women over 60 are contributing to the current climate of societal change and how these positive developments can improve the lives of older women as a whole. Featured topics analyze the wider implications of older women’s experiences as family members, sensual and sexual beings, drivers of economies and members of a diverse population worldwide:
Older women, power and the body.
Older women, economic power and consumerism.
The impact of multiple roles on older women: Strain or enrichment?
Older women, leadership and encore careers.
Sexuality in older women: Desirability and desire.
Lesbians over 60: Newer every day.
Clinical interventions to empower older women.