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By Lawrence R. Samuel

Aging is a preoccupation shared through attractiveness bloggers, critical reporters, scientists, medical professionals, celebrities—arguably all of grownup the USA, given the pervasiveness of the campaign opposed to it in pop culture and the media. We take our youth-oriented tradition as a given yet, as Lawrence R. Samuel argues, this was once now not consistently the case. outdated age used to be respected in early the United States, partially since it was once so infrequent. certainly, it used to be no longer until eventually the Nineteen Sixties, in accordance with Samuel, that the tale of getting older in the USA grew to become the only we're so much acquainted with this day: getting older is a affliction that technology will someday remedy, and meanwhile, symptoms of getting older will be avoided, masked, and handled as a resource of shame.

By tracing the tale of getting older within the usa over the process the final part century, Samuel vividly demonstrates the ways that aging tangibly contradicts the present social values and attitudes of our youth-obsessed tradition. for that reason, thousands and thousands of adults impending their sixties and seventies during this decade have no idea the best way to age, as they have been by no means ready to do so.

Despite fresh developments that recommend a extra optimistic outlook, getting older continues to be considered when it comes to actual and cognitive decline, leading to discrimination within the office and marginalization in social existence. Samuels concludes Aging in America through exhorting his fellow child boomers to take advantage of their monetary clout and sheer numbers to alter the narrative of getting older in America.

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