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Retirement Abroad as Women’s Aging Strategy – Liesl Gambold

Retirement Abroad as Women’s Aging Strategy

Liesl Gambold, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University

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Understanding the culture and lifestyle choices of retirees has never been so crucial. The aging baby boom population bubble means that by 2030 eighteen percent of the U.S. will be 65 or over. The lifestyle decisions of these individuals will have far-reaching implications culturally, politically and economically. Since more women are living their post-retirement lives alone and in economically challenging situations, this paper examines the mobility of older women in the form of international retirement migration as a strategy to ameliorate levels of economic and general well-being. Historically people have retired abroad for various reasons, but current practices suggest that retiring permanently in a foreign country has become an increasingly popular aging strategy. Retiring abroad does not come without serious challenges, however, as the strains of navigating the aging process are interwoven with living in a foreign culture. Based on research done in Mexico, and southern France, this paper highlights the efforts put forth by aging women to avoid the well-trodden path of retirement before them and to forge a new path, choose a new homeland, and perhaps, reinvent themselves a bit along the way.

Key words: gender, aging, retirement, migration

Cite As:

Gambold, Liesl. 2013. Retirement Abroad as Women’s Aging Strategy. Anthropology & Aging Quarterly 34(2): 184-198.

The Familial Dyad between Aged Patients and Filipina Caregivers in Israel

Anthropology & Aging Quarterly Volume 34, issue 3 (September 2013) pp.126-134

The Familial Dyad between Aged Patients and Filipina Caregivers in Israel:
Eldercare, Bodily-based Practices, and the Jewish Family

Keren Mazuz

Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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As the population in the US ages, there is increasing need to study aging In this article I describe a familial dyad between the Filipina caregiver and the Israeli aged patient. I argue that a familial dyad emerges based on bodily forms of care. This familial dyad becomes a mechanism for adaptation to and enduring of the daily and intimate encounter of a foreign caregiver and an aged dying patient. The familial dyad provides insight into the phenomenology of the care experience as a function for re-conceptualizing social relations and intra-family dynamics. This will broaden our understanding of the possible varieties of bodily-based practices and their relational repercussions as interpersonal care engagements. The form of a familial dyad underscores the dynamism and complexity of care practices as intersubjective and corporeal modes through which one body engages the other. These care practices which are based on repetitive physical actions allow immediate first-person access to the other participants’ subjective state. Thus, in an era of globalized care, the familial dyad takes form and shape at the most intimate juncture between the subjects, their corporeal and interpersonal being.

Keywords: Israel, bodily-based practices, eldercare, Filipina caregivers, empathy, family, dyad, work migration, Jewish home, phenomenology of care

AAQ Volume 34 Issue 1, March 2013


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Mobile Midwesterners: The Impact of Migration on Aging, Health, and Community

Matthew Dalstrom, Rockford College


Social Dance for Successful Aging: Models for Health, Happiness, and Social Inclusion amongst Senior Citizens

Jonathan Skinner, Queen’s University, Belfast


Portfolio:  Winter Fires  (large file)

Mik Godley (portaits), François Matarasso (text)


Book reviews

Aging America and Transportation: Personal Choices and Public Policy (J. Coughlin & L D’Ambrosio)

Universal Design as a Rehabilitation Strategy (J. Sanford)

Siobhan Gregory


The Long Baby Boom: An Optimistic Vision for a Graying Generation (J. Goldsmith)

Susan Ward


Surface Tensions: Surgery, Bodily Boundaries, and the Social Self (L. Manderson)

Amy Paul-Ward

Editor’s Note

Over the years, AAQ has consistently published work that brings new insights and questions to the issue of “successful aging,” always with a strong awareness and acknowledgement of cultural diversity and context. Aging, let alone “successful aging,” cannot be understood separately from the dynamic ecology that engages it, and this ecology increasingly stretches across borders and domains of life. Volume 34 continues to contribute to the ethnographic work on successful aging with two articles examining ways older adults combine leisure, health, and sociality, in the process developing a new forms of agency and identity.

Matthew Dalstrom’s study of seasonal migrants shows how older adult RV communities have developed and sustained themselves in the Lower Rio Grande Valley through a combination of social leisure opportunities and health resources, including access to inexpensive Mexican healthcare services and prescription drugs. Dalstrom’s article shows that as these “snowbirds” become more integrated into the community, their identities and health decisions become increasingly intertwined with the landscape and timing of migration.

Jonathan Skinner (pg. 18) also finds “successful aging” to be a matter of social reshaping of time, space, and the body, although the ecologies being examined his case are the dance floors of Blackpool, Belfast, and Sacramento. Like Dalstrom, Skinner also finds leisure to be linked to both health and sociality, but through his keen attention to dance as a form of embodiment, Skinner also makes important observations about the ways dancers experience a comforting sense of reminiscence and nostalgia through their “in-tense” movements.

The first Portfolio (issue 33.4) received an overwhelmingly positive response from our readers, and the featured portfolio for issue 34.1 presents yet another unique and engaging set of works. I first encountered Artist Mik Godley’s portraits of older artists (pg.30) when I came across François Matarasso’s book Winter Fires: Art and Agency in Old AgeIn the accompanying text, Mik and François describe the development of their collaborative project, making it clear that the art is not simply widow-dressing for this book, but part of a cohesive visual ethnography on creativity, meaning, and the life course.

As Editor-in-Chief of AAQ, I would like to again welcome Jonathan Skinner as Associate Editor and Joann Kovacich as the new Book Reviews Editor beginning with issue 2. I am very excited to be working with both of you.

Finally, thank-you to Sherri Briller for her many years of dedication and service as book reviews editor for AAQ. My first AAQ book review (and academic publication) was edited by Sherri, and so from personal experience, I can attest that her impact on this journal and AAGE will not be forgotten!

Jason Danely