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Old man country : my search for meaning among the elders / Thomas R. Cole Professor and Director of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

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Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library 305.26 COL (Text) 37268003060951 AHMFL Adult Non-Fiction Checked Out 05/27/2020

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  • ISBN: 9780190689988 (hardback)
  • Physical Description: xi, 178 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2020.

Content descriptions

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Machine generated contents note: -- Chapter One: What My Fathers Couldn't Find -- Chapter Two: Setting Out on Life's Journey -- PART ONE: AM I STILL A MAN? -- Chapter Three: George Vaillant and American Manhood -- Chapter Four: Red Duke, the Cowboy Surgeon -- Chapter Five: Sherwin Nuland: The Old Man Who Was Young and Strong -- PART TWO: DO I STILL MATTER? -- Chapter Six: The Moral World of Paul Volcker -- Chapter Seven: Denton Cooley and the Legacy of 100,000 Hearts -- Chapter Eight: John Harper Gets by with a little Help from his Friends -- PART THREE: WHAT IS THE MEANING OF MY LIFE? -- Chapter Nine: Hugh Downs: TV Broadcaster as Modern Day Cicero -- Chapter Ten: Sam Karff and the Power of Stories -- Chapter Eleven: James Forbes: Old Man by the Riverside -- PART FOUR: AM I LOVED? -- Chapter Twelve: Dan Callahan: Love in the Old Age of Ethics -- Chapter Thirteen: Walter Wink: Nonviolent Resistance and Dementia -- Chapter Fourteen: Ram Dass and Me -- INTERLUDE: WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? -- Chapter Fifteen: Gleanings for the Path Ahead -- References.
Summary, etc.:
" We aspire to live in a country where old men are celebrated as vital elders but not demeaned if they become ill and dependent. We aspire to maintain health as well as maintain dignity and fulfillment in frailty. Old Man Country helps readers see and imagine these possibilities for themselves. The book follows the journey of a writer in search of wisdom, as he encounters twelve distinguished American men over 80 -- including Paul Volcker, the former head of the Federal Reserve, and Denton Cooley, the world's most famous heart surgeon. In these and other intimate conversations, the book explores and honors the particular way that each man faces four challenges of living a good old age: Am I still a man? Do I still matter? What is the meaning of my life? Am I loved? Readers will come to see how each man -- even the most famous -- faces universal challenges. Personal stories about work, love, sexuality, and hope mingle with stories about illness, loss and death. This book will strengthen each of us as we and our loved ones anticipate and navigate our way through the passages of old age. "-- Provided by publisher.
"We live in a time of change, an era where old men can maintain health but find dignity in frailty. Old Man Country helps readers see and imagine this change for themselves. The book follows the journey of a writer in search of wisdom, as he narrates encounters with twelve distinguished American men over 80 -- including Paul Volcker, the former head of the Federal Reserve, and Denton Cooley, the world's most famous heart surgeon. In these and other intimate conversations, the book explores and honors the particular way that each man faces the challenges of living a good old age"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Older men > United States.
Old age > United States.
Aging > Social aspects > United States.

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