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

Community Studies

Community studies

During the 1960s a burning gerontological issue was whether old people should be segregated in age-homogeneous retirement residences or whether they should remain integrated in society and participate in activities without reference to age. Some elders are extremely happy sharing life with people of their own age, but one survey (TIAA Cref, 1974) revealed that just as many volunteer such advice as “Don't hole up in a senior citizen enclave or retirement home until you must. Stay where you can get mad at the school kids cutting across your lawn” (p. 2).

Of course, the question of what kind of community is best for the elderly is important, because such matters are often vital government policy concerns or involve private-sector capital investment. When ...

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