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Social Science Gerontology

Getting Wise about Getting Old

Debunking Myths about Aging

edited by Véronique Billette, Patrik Marier & Anne-Marie Séguin

UBC Press, Laval University Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2020
Gerontology, General
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A grey tsunami is sweeping the land, wreaking social and financial havoc in its wake. Sound familiar? This myth about aging, along with twenty-eight others, is the focus of Getting Wise about Getting Old, which paints a far more accurate and nuanced portrait of old age. In it, experts debunk myths and persistent stereotypes about aging on a broad array of social issues – from retirement (seniors are low-performance workers) to housing (most older adults live in long-term care accommodation), and violence (senior women are not victims of sexual assault) to political participation (seniors are conservative and resistant to change) – deconstructing and countering them with the latest findings. The work of two leading research groups in Quebec, the short and accessible chapters of this vitally important book contribute to a better understanding of the social challenges, as well as the advantages, of an aging society.

About the authors

Véronique Billette's profile page

Patrik Marier is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University.

Patrik Marier's profile page

Anne-Marie Séguin's profile page

Other titles by Patrik Marier