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Anthropology & Aging
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ISSN (Print) 2374-2267
Published by U of Pittsburgh Homepage  [30 journals]
  • Fiestas, Saints and Spirituality: Collective Rituals as Community
           Eldercare in Andalusia

    • Authors: Chloë Place
      Pages: 1 - 23
      Abstract: In this paper, I explore how spirituality and collective rituals influence eldercare in a small town in Andalusia, Spain. I describe how older people’s interactions with the town’s Virgin Mary statues generate personhood, situating the Virgin saints as spiritually protective kinship care-givers. As ubiquitous religious symbols, the saints can be recognised by some people with dementia, providing reassuring familiarity. Older people nearing end-of-life seem to draw comfort from these saints, who become mediators between everyday and spiritual worlds. During fiestas, the statues are carried as part of celebratory processions, stimulating intergenerational solidarity and spiritual protection, and strengthening residents’ sense of belonging, which can be especially valuable to older people at risk of isolation. In care institutions, activities encourage older people to participate in fiestas, reaffirming their community membership. For people with dementia, the multisensorial nature of fiestas can be therapeutic by inciting embodied long-term memories, whilst their seasonality can be reorientating. This paper brings insights from the anthropology of religion into dialogue with the anthropology of ageing by arguing that religious rituals have the capacity to generate a spiritually and collectively therapeutic role in eldercare; this then reveals the need to approach eldercare as ‘community-centred.’ It further demonstrates the capability of ethnography to reveal the diverse ways that collective cultural practices can influence eldercare.
      PubDate: 2022-11-18
      DOI: 10.5195/aa.2022.384
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2022)
  • Designing Products for Older People’s Social and Emotional Needs: A
           Case Study

    • Authors: P.J. White
      Pages: 24 - 39
      Abstract: The products that we use in our living environment greatly assist us in maintaining health and independence as we age. Much research has been conducted on the physical ergonomic needs in product design for older people, overlooking an understanding of the ‘softer’ functionality that domestic products offer. Through an ethnographic case study of older peoples' cooking and heating product needs (N=40), this paper presents 1) a theoretical framework which supports the need for designers to consider social and emotional connections when designing domestic products for older people and 2) practical implications and requirements for future designers to consider when designing these products. In this paper, I encourage designers to consider the reflective and visceral connections domestic products hold and how products can both inhibit and increase social inclusion.
      PubDate: 2022-11-18
      DOI: 10.5195/aa.2022.364
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2022)
  • Ageing in Space: Remaking Community for Older Adults

    • Authors: Gudmund Ågotnes, Sara Charlesworth, Martha MacDonald
      Pages: 40 - 57
      Abstract: In this paper, we explore the needs of older adults for social interaction by investigating how local and everyday communities are produced by service organisations and experienced by their patrons. We approach the social needs of older adults through the lens of ‘community,’ both as a concept and as a lived experience. Our attention to communities of peers and arenas for everyday interaction is discussed in the context of the dominant policy discourse of ‘ageing in place.’ In this discourse, ‘place’ is predominantly interpreted as physical infrastructure, with little formal recognition of the importance of the arenas of social everyday interaction for older adults outside the home/family.Our exploration draws on the empirical study of three organisations in Toronto, Canada and Bergen, Norway that, in various ways, represent places for everyday interaction. We discuss how belonging is understood from the perspective of different older groups and how it is facilitated by organisations and services, through the creation of shared, informal social spaces. Even though there is considerable difference in size, aesthetics, target population and geographical impact field, all three organisations offered their patrons a space for informal social interaction in which they were allowed to claim the space as their own. Our analysis indicates a pronounced need for a diversity of arenas for older adults to interact socially. Furthermore, we portray how these spaces for everyday interaction are created often in addition to, or even in divergence from, the official mission of these organisations, in a form of co-optation by patrons. 
      PubDate: 2022-11-18
      DOI: 10.5195/aa.2022.391
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2022)
  • The Myth of Average: Active Senior Citizens in the Aomori Prefecture in

    • Authors: Motohide Miyahara
      Pages: 58 - 66
      Abstract: Japan is known for the highest life expectancy in the world, but there are regional variations within the country. Aomori, located at the northern tip of Japan’s mainland, is the prefecture characterized by heavy snow in winter and the lowest average life expectancies for women and men. Their short life expectancies have been attributed to excessive sodium intake and physical inactivity. In this short-term reflexive ethnography, I take the postpositivist stance and set up a strawman claim of “all citizens of Aomori Prefecture are physically inactive” in order to falsify it by providing a counter example. The counter example is a community of very senior citizens over 80 years of age who are physically and socially active in playing indoor golf. My purpose in writing this research report is to share an encounter with a unique community through a contextualized physical activity setting and a reflection on issues related to the community’s survival. The theoretical model of physical literacy has informed my observations, conversations, and reflections that are narrated in the impressionist mode. My narrative demonstrates that there are physically active senior citizens in the Aomori Prefecture. Moreover, my interview with an organizer uncovered that the senior golf players were facing challenges to participate in and sustain the golf program in the future. 
      PubDate: 2022-11-18
      DOI: 10.5195/aa.2022.408
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2022)
  • Reconstructing Social Networks and Connections in Indigenous Tribes: An
           Analysis of Countermeasures to COVID-19 among Rural Tribes in Taiwan

    • Authors: Li-Chuan Liu
      Pages: 67 - 78
      Abstract: Since the first outbreak of COVID-19 in December 2019, numerous countries have experienced waves of outbreaks that have had severe social, economic, and political effects. Many medical and anthropological studies have suggested that tribes and elders in rural and indigenous villages became isolated from the outside world due to a lack of resources and because of cultural constraints. On January 22, 2020, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Taiwan was discovered. As of October 23, 2022, 7,476,478 confirmed cases have been reported; of these, only 64,298 were in Taitung County, making it the region with the fewest cases in Taiwan. In this ethnographic study, I visited indigenous tribes in Taiwan that were less affected during the pandemic, conducted in-depth interviews with tribal-care providers, and collected secondary data from reports and social media regarding pandemic prevention on tribes in Taitung County. I also explored the difficulties created by the suspension of tribal-care services due to pandemic-related social distancing and isolation measures, and how care providers overcame these challenges. COVID-19 is not the first and nor will it be the last virus to threaten humans. Thus, it is important to gain insight into how care networks and connections were rebuilt through innovative measures that enabled tribal elders to receive culturally sensitive care and maintain their health during the pandemic.
      PubDate: 2022-11-18
      DOI: 10.5195/aa.2022.410
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2022)
  • PORTFOLIO: Way(s) We Remember: Mexican Kinships, Intersubjective
           Storytelling, and Thinking and Feeling Through Comics

    • Authors: José Sherwood González
      Pages: 79 - 101
      Abstract: n/a
      PubDate: 2022-11-18
      DOI: 10.5195/aa.2022.386
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2022)
  • Book Review: Ways of Home Making in Care for Later Life

    • Authors: Francisca Yuenki Lai
      Pages: 102 - 104
      Abstract: n/a
      PubDate: 2022-11-18
      DOI: 10.5195/aa.2022.430
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2022)
  • Book Review: Welcome to Wherever We Are: A Memoir of Family, Caregiving,
           and Redemption

    • Authors: Christina Barmon
      Pages: 105 - 107
      Abstract: n/a
      PubDate: 2022-11-18
      DOI: 10.5195/aa.2022.429
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2022)
  • Book Review: Age as Disease: Anti-Aging Technologies, Sites and Practices

    • Authors: Ashwin Tripathi
      Pages: 108 - 110
      Abstract: n/a
      PubDate: 2022-11-18
      DOI: 10.5195/aa.2022.431
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2022)
  • Book Review: Aging Masculinities in Contemporary U.S. Fiction

    • Authors: Arthur Ivan Bravo
      Pages: 111 - 113
      Abstract: n/a
      PubDate: 2022-11-18
      DOI: 10.5195/aa.2022.432
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2022)
  • Book Review: Disability and Ageing: Towards a Critical Perspective

    • Authors: Yvonne Wallace
      Pages: 114 - 115
      Abstract: n/a
      PubDate: 2022-11-18
      DOI: 10.5195/aa.2022.433
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2022)
  • Book Review: Making Meaningful Lives: Tales from an Aging Japan

    • Authors: Theresa Southam
      Pages: 116 - 118
      Abstract: n/a
      PubDate: 2022-11-18
      DOI: 10.5195/aa.2022.434
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2022)
  • Book Review: Time and Migration: How Long-Term Taiwanese Migrants
           Negotiate Later Life

    • Authors: Jeanne L. Shea
      Pages: 119 - 121
      Abstract: n/a
      PubDate: 2022-11-18
      DOI: 10.5195/aa.2022.436
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2022)
  • Book Review: Communication for Successful Aging: Empowering Individuals
           Across the Lifespan

    • Authors: Aaron Seaman
      Pages: 122 - 125
      Abstract: n/a
      PubDate: 2022-11-18
      DOI: 10.5195/aa.2022.437
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2022)
  • Book Review: The Global Smartphone: Beyond a Youth Technology

    • Authors: Paro Mishra
      Pages: 126 - 129
      Abstract: n/a
      PubDate: 2022-11-18
      DOI: 10.5195/aa.2022.438
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2022)
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