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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

Employment and Retirement
Employment and retirement

Chapter Outline

Sooner or later the decision whether to retire or to keep working at one's occupation faces those who have a choice. Some people look forward to retirement and the opportunity it offers to pursue secondary interests and goals. Others, especially those who enjoy their work and perceive it as more than simply a way of making a living, prefer to continue working even after they are eligible for retirement. ...

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