Aging Thoughtfully

Conversations about Retirement, Romance, Wrinkles, and Regret
by Martha C. Nussbaum
$39.95

Publisher: Oxford University Press USA

Publication Date: November 15, 2017

ISBN: 9780190600235

Binding: Hardback

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We all age differently, but we can learn from shared experiences and insights. The conversations, or paired essays, in Aging Thoughtfully combine a philosopher's approach with a lawyer-economist's.Here are ideas about when to retire, how to refashion social security to help the elderly poor, how to learn from King Lear — who did not retire successfully — and whether to enjoy or criticise anti-ageing cosmetic procedures. Some of the concerns are practical: philanthropic decisions, relations with one's children and grandchildren, the purchase of annuities, and how to provide for care in old age. Other topics are cultural, ranging from the treatment of ageing women in a Strauss opera and various popular films, to a consideration of Donald Trump's (and other men's) marriages to much younger women. These engaging, thoughtful, and often humorous exchanges show how stimulating discussions about our inevitable ageing can be, and offer valuable insight into how we all might age more thoughtfully, and with zest and friendship.