Pedro Paulo Monteiro
is Master in Gerontology and Physiotherapist specialised in Neurology.
As a professor, he has given lectures and taught courses on the New Paradigm of Ageing.
Aging: Histories and Transformations
In this book, Pedro Paulo Monteiro shows that to the contrary one than thinks, ageing is not reserved barely to the elder’s one, is not end. From the conception to the death we are aging. Therefore, ageing is continuous process of transformation of the human as an original being as to be only in its lived time. We are apprentices pilgrims that travel through to temporality in search of comprehension and acceptance, in order to maintain the relationship’s loops and, consequently, to own life. Simply we are passing through and, in that path, we find out meanings to understand better who we are and why we are here. This innate curiosity acts like a propellant force in the search of knowledge that is not exhausted. While we will live we will be learning, because we live by knowledge. In this book the author wants to show that the stability does not agree with the life. Like this, living is to pass for continuous instabilities that enables achieve us always a new forms of being. In each change, the vivid organism aging and specializes itself and evolved. We are flowing in the life’s river; being driven continuously to the experiences that are renewed to each pulsates of our cells.
The time is totality, is existence, and is the possibility of move the route of our history, as we will want.
Inside that conception, the author shows that the elderly is not, in no way, a static fact. By that, the urgent need of we will understand that we are social beings that seek spaces to live together. A space where do we be able to build our identity with liberty; that is substantiated in the cooperation, solidarity and in the mutual respect; that allow each of one be the agent from the reinvention of the own history.
Through the touch, way that allows the materialization of solidarity, we can bring for nearby the distant elders to communicate the necessary affection to them, in order to fill the body image (spiritual body) and to possibility to find the autonomy of their bodies, becoming more independent and less isolated, segregated and lamented.
This book relates the encounter that the author, gerontologist, established with three old women who, through their physical deficiencies,had faced the paradox of the life, discovering new ways for its days,discovering the value of their bodies, has many years anesthetized for the life,because a learning of oppression and limitation. During two years, the author and these women had tried situations and challenges that had become marked the process of aging of them.