By Susan McFadden PhD, Robert Atchley PhD

As we confront our personal mortality, we would ask, ''What has my lengthy lifestyles intended and the way have the years formed me?'' or ''How lengthy needs to I suffer?'' Such questions replicate time-consciousness, the focal point of this vintage volume.

The authors, from assorted disciplines in gerontology, act as courses within the exploration of the nation-states of time in later lifestyles and their meanings. As they learn how the examine of time may give new meanings to getting older, in addition they reflect on the spiritual and religious questions raised whilst humans reflect on the temporal limitations of life.

This quantity honors Melvin Kimble's contributions to gerontology and represents a brand new course within the research of faith, spirituality, and aging.

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1995, p. 3) From Age-ing to Sage-ing is inclusive: it acknowledges and incorporates faith traditions from around the world and taps into psychological paradigms that are themselves nontheistic, even a-religious. Schachter-Shalomi is concerned with individuals cultivating their spiritual development in personal terms: his Spiritual Eldering Institute offers lectures and workshops on forgiveness, spiritual exercises, and meditations. At the same time the rabbi urges a communal movement: his program stresses service-leadership and mentoring, "to heal a fractured world in need of elder wisdom" (Leder, 2000, p.

There was no such thing as linear progress, merely a turning of a wheel. Social conventions represented that model, and all kinds of ideological beliefs were formulated to accompany them. The many ceremonial occasions embedded in a culture serve as deft chronological symbols, creating epochal intervals and synchronizing various social and individual times either by design or circumstance. The millennial year provided an excellent case in point. It stands as a marker for the end of an era, the beginning of an era, and will stand as a momentous occasion for anyone who retains It's About Time 31 memory of participating in its occurrence.

I am not talking about what is written in history books or geological deposits but about the remembrance of personal experience, those things that have shaped how people think of themselves. It is not an overstatement to say a person's past is a mental construct, subject to the same ambient conditions that affect all other constructs. Because of the purpose they serve, it is not surprising that memory and recollections are seldom "exact" or indelibly "photographic" reproductions. Instead, they are reconstructions.

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