Valuing the Aged: Studies in Ageing Enrichment
This chapter explores Judaic conceptions of ageing. While often the way ageing affects us is beyond our control, the Rabbis claim that those whose latter years are filled with meaning and purpose experience ageing in a qualitatively different way. Research on ageing has increasingly recognised the concept of “ageing well,” but this chapter seeks to extend the discourse by introducing the notion of “ageing enrichment.” It reports on three innovative initiatives devised to mitigate the sense of marginalisation that often accompanies old age and capitalise on the capabilities of older people through intergenerational activities that could enrich their lives while benefiting others. The bulk of the chapter involves an in-depth study into a mentoring project aiming to connect the experience of seniors to provide direction and support to younger people.
KeywordsAgeing Ageing enrichment Mentoring Jewish values Older people
- Charmaz, K. (2008). Grounded theory as an emergent method. In S. N. Hesse-Biber & P. Leavy. (Eds.), The handbook of emergent methods (pp. 155–170). New York: Guilford.Google Scholar
- Cohen, L., Manion, L., & Morrison, K. (2003). Research methods in education. London: Routledge Falmer.Google Scholar
- Cohen, S. Y. (2014). Old age in Judaism. http://18.104.22.168/articles/ASSIA/ASSIA6/R0061079.asp. Accessed 31 March 2014.
- Country Comparison. Life expectancy at birth. US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). (2012). Public Information Sheet. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2102rank.html. Accessed 17 Sept 2012.
- Dick, B. (2002). Action research: Action and research. www.sc.edu.au/schools/gcm/ar/arp/aandr.html. Accessed 16 Dec 2008.
- Dulin, P., Hill, R. D., Anderson, J., & Rasmussen, D. (2001). Altruism as a predictor of life satisfaction in a sample of low-income older adult service providers. Journal of Mental Health and Aging.Google Scholar
- Eden, C., & Huxham, C. (1996). Action research for the study of organisation. In S. Clegg, C. Hardy, & W. Nord (Eds.), The handbook of organisation studies (pp. 526–542). Thousand Oaks: Sage.Google Scholar
- Krueger, R. A., & Casey, M. A. (2000). Focus groups: A practical guide for applied research (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks: Sage.Google Scholar
- O’Riordan, S. (2011). Looking forward to retirement. In S. Palmer & S. Panchal (Eds.), Developmental coaching: Life transitions and generational perspectives (pp. 137–158). Hove: Routledge.Google Scholar
- Palmer, S., & McDowall, A. (2010). The coaching relationship: Putting people first. Hove: Routledge.Google Scholar
- Robson, C. (2003). Real world research. Oxford: Blackwell.Google Scholar
- Strauss, A., & Corbin, J. (1990). Basics of qualitative research: Grounded theory procedures and techniques. London: Sage.Google Scholar
- Wong, P. (2000). Meaning of life and meaning of death in successful ageing. In A. Tomer (Ed.), Death attitudes and the older adult: Theories, concepts, and applications (pp. 23–36). New York: Brunner Mazel.Google Scholar