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Aging Social Policies

Aging Social Policies
An International Perspective

  • Robbyn R. Wacker - St. Cloud State University, USA, University of Northern Colorado, USA
  • Karen A Roberto - Institute for Society, Culture and Environment, Virginia Tech University, USA

December 2010 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Our population is aging. What will we do about it?

Due to population explosion and a global increase in average life expectancies, an unprecedentedly high percentage of the world's population is aging. By the middle of this century there will be up to 2 billion individuals over the age of 65, a demographic shift never before experienced in our human history. In addition, declining birth rates in industrialized countries means a decrease in the number of adults under 64. In Aging Social Policies: An International Perspective the authors consider how policy – domestic and international – affects and will continue to affect the lives of our aging population.

1. Our Aging Societies - The Setting for Aging Social Policy
2. The Aging Social Policy Process
3. Retirement Income
4. Employment
5. Housing
6. Health Care
7. Mental Health Care
8. Community Resources
9. Family Care
10. Aging Social Policy Challenges
About the Author

this book was not available until class started, we plan to use it next fall

Ms Dorothy O'Neil
career programs, Moraine Valley Cmty College
December 2, 2014

The book did not cover the scope of issues facing families in the context of the course requirement.

Dr Sharon McKenzie
Psychology Dept, Kean University
June 20, 2013

Inclusion of the international perspective helps students better understand U.S. aging policy. Otherwise, they are sucked into the misperception that the U.S. way is the only way.

Dr Janet Hahn
Center for Gerontology, Western Michigan University
January 1, 2013

It is working well for my gerontology graduate students. It is good for them to be exposed to different kinds of structures in the ways that support is provided to older adults. The models showing the different structures are especially helpful for my online class.

Susan Collins
Gerontology Program, University of Northern Colorado
September 25, 2012

Level too high for first undergraduate course in policy. May be considered for upper level course.

Dr Shannon Mathews
Behavioral Sciences and Social Work, Winston - Salem State University
May 18, 2012
Key features

Key Features

  • Two approaches—international comparisons on aging and the relationship between macro social policy and real people's lives—provide the foundation for understanding aging social policy.
  • The connection between macro and micro is reinforced through descriptions of the varied ways in which different countries construct social policies and their direct effect on an older adult's quality of life.
  • Chapter-opening quotes—from a politician or leader in related fields and from an older adult—demonstrate the policy-person link.
  • Each chapter concludes with an interview with an older adult, adding a depth of understanding and insight to the human concerns behind the social policies.

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