It's taking me awhile to read this one. I have to go back and reread paragraphs and chew on them for awhile before I can go on.
Here's a quote from the jacket cover: "In this empowering and original work, James Hillman resurrects the ancient, widespread, and socially effective idea of the old person as "ancestor", a model for the young, the bearer of a society's cultural memory and traditions. America disregards old people who aren't young-acting and young-looking. We don't realize that "oldness" is an archetypal state of being that can add value and luster to things we treasure, places we revere, and people's character."