Based on qualitative research study of men and women, sixty years and older, this volume explores older adults' personal engagement with religion, the role of socialization in retaining faith in late life, and the extent to which older adults participate in religious behavior and find religious beliefs relevant to their present life.
Susan A. Eisenhandler, PhD, is a professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut. Her qualitative research on age and identity has focused on understanding the meaning and value of interaction and social engagement among community-dwelling older adults. She and the late Gene Thomas, a UCONN colleague, collaborated on research and writing projects, including two books, Aging and the Religious Dimension and Religion, Belief, and Spirituality in Late Life (Springer Publishing Company, 1999). In addition, Dr. Eisenhandler has published scholarly articles that explore the definitions of self and situation that older adults invoke in everyday experiences. Dr. Eisenhandler is an active member of several community and professional organizations and has received grants to create and to facilitate community-based literature programs for older adults.