Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

2014

Publication Source

Journal of Women & Aging

Abstract

How We Die Now: Intimacy and the Work of Dying takes the reader on an engaging journey through the terrain of aging in America, with an emphasis on how our ideas about aging itself have changed the way we view death in the United States and even the way we actually die. This book has an authenticity to it, as Erickson admits that her own experience with aging and death compelled her to enter this world and study from the perspective of insiders, those who care for older adults and the actual elders themselves. Based on hundreds of hours of participant observation and in-depth interviews with eldercare workers and older adults themselves, Erickson critiques our societal response to what she calls the "longevity dividend." Although life expectancy has clearly increased, she suggests that we have not made good use of the extra time. The experience of living longer has many consequences for caregiving, quality of life, long-term care, and at the end, how we approach death.

Inclusive pages

371-372

ISBN/ISSN

0895-2841

Document Version

Postprint

Comments

This document is the author's accepted manuscript, and is provided for download in compliance with the publisher's policy on self-archiving. The version of record may contain minor differences that have come about in the copy editing and layout processes.

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Volume

26

Issue

4

Peer Reviewed

yes