Bernice Neugarten: An Advocate for the Aging Denise White Oklahoma State University Entered University of Chicago at age 14 Earned her Master’s of Educational Psychology at 21 Became an assistant to a professor at University of Chicago Earned a Ph.D in Human Development Took eight years off to raise children 1951 – joined University of Chicago faculty Asked to teach Maturity and Old Age The rest is history Spent her life researching the impact of aging on human development Wrote many important books and articles on aging including the landmark Personality in Middle and Late Life Appointed Deputy Chairman of the 1981 Conference on Aging Shattered stereotypes of older people Died on July 22, 2001, at the age of 85 She addresses all four factors of adult development: • • • • Biological Psychological Sociocultural Integrative Her work focuses on the sociocultural • A study of “age-appropriate” behaviors • Impact of changing social roles in adult development Adulthood, middle age, and old age have their unique developmental tasks Chronological age in adulthood cannot measure the capacity for economic status, intellect, or physical function Stereotypes of the elderly should be abolished A new generation of older people called the young-old exists. • Differ from middle-aged in retirement • Differ from old-old in health and vitality All people experience a series of life events and all societies have a social expectation of “age-appropriate” behavior. • On-time • Off-time Do you agree that there is a young-old and an old-old? Have you ever been off-time? What were the implications? Leave a voice thread Merriam, Sharan B., Caffarella, Rosemary S., Baumgartner, Lisa M. Learning in Adulthood. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2007. Neugarten, Bernice. The Meaning of Age. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1996. Neugarten, Bernice. Middle Age and Aging. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1968. O’Connor, Anahad. “Dr. Bernice L. Neugarten, 85, Early Authority on the Elderly.” New York Times 30 July 2001. 10 April 2010 <http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/30/us/drbernice-l-neugarten-85-early-authority-on-theelderly.html?pagedwanted=1>.