The Big Move

The Big Move

Life Between the Turning Points
Karpen, Ruth Ray; Kivnick, Helen Q.; Wyatt-Brown, Anne M.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/07/2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-02064-2
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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.

Author Bio

Anne M. Wyatt-Brown is Emeritus Associate Professor in the Program in Linguistics, University of Florida.

Ruth Ray Karpen is Professor Emeritus in the College of Liberal Arts at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Helen Q. Kivnick, Ph.D., L.P. is Professor of Social Work at the University of Minnesota.

Margaret Morganroth Gullette is an internationally known age critic, nonfiction writer, and essayist.


This collection is an important contribution to scholarship. It is unique in taking a first-hand account of the experience of moving into a continuing-care community, and then offering commentaries on that account from several critical perspectives.Readers will be drawn to this book for its clarity and candidness. It will appeal to people of all ages, but especially to the large cohort of readers aging into later life and facing important choices about their own care and that of their partners.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Home Places / Ruth Ray Karpen
1. A Wife’s Life, A Humanist’s Journey, 2010-2012 / Anne Wyatt-Brown
2. Coming to Care / Ruth Ray Karpen
3. Lifelong Strengths Ground Later-Life Wisdom / Helen Q. Kivnick
Afterword: Making Oneself at Home / Margaret Morganroth Gullette
Epilogue: Still on the Journey, 2012-2015 / Anne Wyatt-Brown
Annotated Bibliography
Fiction / Margaret M. Gullette
Mostly Non-Fiction / Helen Q. Kivnick, Ruth Ray Karpen, Anne Wyatt-Brown

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