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In this interdisciplinary text, Lewis R Aiken examines the elements that influence people in the later stages of life. Beginning with an historical overview of gerontology, the author discusses both pragmatic and philosophical concerns within the field. Factors impacting the process and results of ageing are carefully outlined and address such areas as biology, psychology, sociology, economics and politics. The interpersonal variability of the older population is stressed throughout the book, recognizing gender, ethnic, racial and cultural differences. Each chapter concludes with: a thorough review of the material covered; a series of questions and activities designed to enhance the learning experience; and a list of sugges

Illness and Health Care
Illness and health care

Chapter Outline

People who are fortunate enough to live long lives do not “die of old age,” as the saying goes. Although aging makes them more susceptible to physical illness, like everyone else they die of some disease or unforeseen accident. The prevalence of physical disorders in older Americans is seen in the fact that people in this age group, who constituted 12.7% of the population of the United States, accounted for 35% of all hospital stays and 45% of all days of hospital care in this ...

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