This fully revised Second Edition of Other Cultures, Elder Years is not only the textbook on the anthropology of aging, but also the most comprehensive, comparative study available on worldwide patterns of ageing. `Provides an excellent summary of secondary sources, avoiding extensive review of primary research, complicated theory, and methodological issues' - Clinical Gerontologist

The Future of Aging in America

The future of aging in America

The graying of America is a phrase used by gerontologists to refer to changes in the age composition that have already begun and will continue well into the future. As noted earlier in Chapter 2, the elderly population of the United States is expanding at an alarming rate; 12 1/2% of the population is 65 years old or older and by 2030 that figure will reach 20%. Then senior citizens will outnumber teenagers by a factor of two to one (Doka, 1992). This development is primarily a matter of internal change brought about by triumphs in medical technology (lengthening the life span) and by concomitant ideas about proper standards of living, which have resulted ...

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