Summary: Since its initial publication in 1994, Moody's text has been hailed as a creative innovation in the teaching or college-level aging courses within the United States and Canada. This is the only text that can be used for: - Introduction to social gerontology courses - Introduction to aging courses - Courses in aging policies This is not simply a boring condensation of research literature. Instead, this text presents current research in an innovative and unique format, which interests
students and encourages them to become involved and take an informed stand on the major aging issues that we as a society face. Leading author and active leader in gerontology, Rick Moody, provides both thorough explanation of the issues in the Concepts sections, as well as current research in the Controversy sections. The book shows the close link between concepts and controversies in the broad areas of aging: health care, socioeconomic trends, and the life course. Focus on Practice and Focus on the Future inserts engage student interest and help them to apply their knowledge.
Summary: Since its initial publication in 1994, Moody's text has been hailed as a creative innovation in the teaching or college-level aging courses within the United States and Canada. This is the only text that can be used for: - Introduction to social gerontology courses - Introduction to aging courses - Courses in aging policies This is not simply a boring condensation of research literature. Instead, this text presents current research in an innovative and unique format, which interests students and encourages them to become involved and take an informed stand on the major aging issues that we as a society face. Leading author and active leader in gerontology, Rick Moody, provides both thorough explanation of the issues in the Concepts sections, as well as current research in the Controversy sections. The book shows the close link between concepts and controversies in the broad areas of aging: health care, socioeconomic trends, and the life course. Focus on Practice and Focus on the Future inserts engage student interest and help them to apply their knowledge. ...show less
Harry R. Moody is a graduate of Yale University and received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University. He has taught philosophy at Columbia University, Hunter College, New York University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. For the past 18 years he has been at the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College in the City University of New York, where he is Executive Director. Earlier, at the National Council on Aging in Washington, DC, he served as Co-Director of its National Policy Center. He is the author of over 75 articles and three books: Abundance of Life: Human Development Policies for an Aging Society (1988), Ethics in an Aging Society (1992), and most recently he published The Five Stages of the Soul (1997), a study of spiritual growth in the second half of life. He is known for his work in older adult education and served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Elderhostel. He has also been active in the field of biomedical ethics and is an Adjunct Associate of the Hastings Center, Briarcliff, New York. Dr. Moody is currently the Director of Academic Affairs for AARP in Washington, DC. He also serves as Senior Associate with the International Longevity Center-USA and Senior Fellow of Civic Ventures.
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Prologue: America as an Aging Society
AGING HEALTH CARE AND SOCIETY
Controversy 1. Should We Ration Health Care for Older People?
Contravery 2. Should Families Provide for Their Own?
Contraversy 3. Should Older People Be Protected From Bad Choices?
Contraversy 4. Should People Have the Choice to End Their Lives?
BASIC CONCEPT II. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC OUTLOOK FOR AN AGING SOCIETY
Controversy 5. Should Age or Need Be the Basic for Entitlement?
6. What Is the Future for Social Security?
Controversy 7. Is Retirement Obsolete?
BASIC CONCEPTS III. A LIFE COURSE PERSPECTIVE ON AGING
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