The Prime of Life?

middle age coverMiddle Age
The Prime of Life?
Fiske
1979

I like how the title is phrased as a question.

Fiske was an academic and published several articles and books on aging. This book is geared to a non academic audience. If I remember correctly, age discussion was a topic of mainstream popular psychology. Gail Sheehy’s Passages was a 1976 publication that was  a wildly popular that also talked about adult life changes.  I actually remember reading Sheehy’s book back in college.

When I picked up this book, I immediately thought this was a less interesting version of Sheehy’s book. Fiske had some serious research credentials and unfortunately her book suffered from poor book design and some less than awesome photos/illustrations. Please take a look at the last 2 pictures on the page. Now I am wondering what will happen if I get too stressed.

Considering I read Passages in the late 1970s and I am now a qualified senior citizen, I really need to go back and reread Passages. Now that I think about it, Sheehy’s book might be a good idea for a book club discussion for those of us of a certain age.

Now get off my lawn, I need to go shop for a tacky blue jogging suit.

Mary

back cover

how old is middle age

elder care

stress

inner and outer resources

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8 comments

  1. Wow. So, the last two pictures…as I get older, will I either feel compelled to strip in public or to dress outlandishly? Is there no in-between? I despair.

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    1. Fear not, Christina — I’m over 55 and have yet to either walk around trouserless or in green polyester and a giant brass instrument. (I’d be more embarrassed about the latter, frankly!)

      But things were different in the 70s. (I also didn’t do either back then.)

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      1. Trying to read the caption I came up with “Trying to play the *euphemism* may give a lifetime’s pleasure—but the freedom to play the buffoon can be a specific reward of middle age”.

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  2. The first two page spreads remind me of my college developmental psych textbook… The last two, not so much. LOL.

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  3. As someone who’s been involved in re-enactor groups, I didn’t bat an eyelash at the last one. I get weirder things than him free with my breakfast cereal.

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