The Big Move

Life Between the Turning Points

by Ruth Ray Karpen, Helen Q. Kivnick and Anne M. Wyatt-Brown

Afterword by Margaret M. Gullette

Published by: Indiana University Press

118 Pages, 5.25 x 8.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780253020642
  • Published: March 2016


  • eBook
  • 9780253020734
  • Published: March 2016


When her husband's ill health forces them to move into an assisted living facility, Anne M. Wyatt-Brown suddenly finds herself surrounded by elderly residents. In this lively and provocative collection, other distinguished gerontologists reflect on Anne's moving account of her transition to becoming a member of a vibrant and sociable community that offers care-giving support, while encouraging her to pursue her own interests, including exercising, reviewing articles for scholarly journals, serving on committees, and singing. By redefining notions of care and community, undoing the stigmas of aging, and valuing the psychological factors involved in accepting assistance, this volume provides a bold new framework for thinking about aging, continuing care, making the big move to a retirement community, and living with vitality in the new environment.