The Evening of Life

The Evening of Life

The Challenges of Aging and Dying Well


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The Evening of Life examines the contemporary challenges of old age and death by combining insights from social science, philosophy, medical practice, and ethics.

• Although philosophy, religion, and civic cultures used to help people prepare for aging and dying well, this is no longer the case.

• The Evening of Life demonstrates how the problems of contemporary aging are rooted in broader cultural and societal trends that have made growing old and decreasing independence a taboo.

• This book offers solutions encouraging the acceptance of aging and ensuring that the elderly can thrive and find support and friendship, instead of isolation and dependence.

• For all readers who wish to fully examine their mortality, as well as for theologians, anthropologists, sociologists, and those who work with the elderly and aging.