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Someone To Lend A Helping Hand: Women Growing Old In Rural America Dena Shenk

Someone To Lend A Helping Hand: Women Growing Old In Rural America

Dena Shenk

Published November 1st 1998
ISBN : 9789057005343
Hardcover
252 pages
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 About the Book 

By providing descriptions of the experiences of thirty rural Minnesota women, often in their own words, this timely and topical book examines the expectations, beliefs and values of the women as they grow old in rural America. A lifecourseMoreBy providing descriptions of the experiences of thirty rural Minnesota women, often in their own words, this timely and topical book examines the expectations, beliefs and values of the women as they grow old in rural America. A lifecourse perspective fosters a better understanding of the aging process in terms of an individuals life experiences within the context of a cultural environment. To show how various elements shaped the womens lives in later years, and to give the fullest possible descriptions, the study combines both qualitative and quantitative research of the rural elderly in Minnesota. Through their stories, the women stress the cultural, familial and personal issues that continue to be important to them as they age. They explore the elements of continuity, as well as those of change, as a part of the lifecourse. Also detailed are their insights and experiences concerning interactions with different formal and informal support networks, as well as the more general topics.