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“The ideal supplement for your introductory aging or social gerontology courses, Worlds of Difference, Third Edition, is the only book for undergraduates that addresses the diversity of aging experiences in society by race, gender and social class. “The virtue of this book is that it makes a multicultural, systems of inequality approach to the study of aging accessible to students and it does so by letting people from privileged as well as disadvantaged perspectives speak for themselves”…. Robin Moremen, Northern Illinois University.”

Inequalities in Health and Mortality: Gender, Race, and Class
Inequalities in health and mortality: Gender, race, and class

Poor health and disability are among the most feared aspects of old age (Kart, 1997). As we get older, the risk of health problems increases. More than 80% of people 65 years of age and older have one or more chronic conditions (National Center for Health Statistics, 1991). Only about 45% of these people report limitations in their desired activities, however, and only about 2% are confined to bed. As with other resources, health is distributed unevenly across the elderly population. People who are disadvantaged by systems of inequality have more chronic conditions, greater disability, and shorter life expectancy than their more privileged counterparts. As we have seen ...

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