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Societies 2017, 7(2), 9;

Looking Backward While Gazing Ahead: An Historian of Aging Reflects on Time’s Borders

Institute for Spirituality and Health, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204, USA
Academic Editor: Gregor Wolbring
Received: 23 March 2017 / Accepted: 6 April 2017 / Published: 20 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Perspectives on Aging Futures)
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Looking backward for a usable past has long been an instructive way to gaze into the vagaries of an uncertain future. I learned the merits of this approach training to be an historian. And as an historian interested in gerontology, I grew to appreciate the value of studying continuities and changes in human development set into motion before late life. This essay begins in the present with my imminent retirement. It then looks retrospectively at my academic career with the hope that emerging scholars can profit from the journey. View Full-Text
Keywords: past; present context; future uncertainties; individual development past; present context; future uncertainties; individual development
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Achenbaum, W.A. Looking Backward While Gazing Ahead: An Historian of Aging Reflects on Time’s Borders. Societies 2017, 7, 9.

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