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Embracing Age: How Catholic Nuns Became Models of Aging Well
by Anna I Corwin
Rutgers University Press, 2021
eISBN: 978-1-9788-2231-3 | Cloth: 978-1-9788-2228-3 | Paper: 978-1-9788-2227-6
Library of Congress Classification BV4580.C585 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 271.97

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Embracing Age: How Catholic Nuns Became Models of Aging Well examines a community of individuals whose aging trajectories contrast mainstream American experiences. In mainstream American society, aging is presented as a “problem,” a state to be avoided as long as possible, a state that threatens one’s ability to maintain independence, autonomy, control over one’s surroundings. Aging “well” (or avoiding aging) has become a 21st century American preoccupation. Embracing Age provides a window into the everyday lives of American Catholic nuns who experience longevity and remarkable health and well-being at the end of life. Catholic nuns aren’t only healthier in older age, they are healthier because they practice a culture of acceptance and grace around aging. Embracing Age demonstrates how aging in the convent becomes understood by the nuns to be a natural part of the life course, not one to be feared or avoided. Anna I. Corwin shows readers how Catholic nuns create a cultural community that provides a model for how to grow old, decline, and die that is both embedded in American culture and quite distinct from other American models.
 

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