Summary: This groundbreaking text is the first to take a life course perspective, examining the relationship between the quality of one's life in old age and one's experiences, earlier choices, opportunities, and constraints. The text gives students a broad background for understanding current policy debates through a distinctive chapter entitled "Old Age and the Welfare State" (Chapter 11) and through boxed essays in every chapter called "An Issue for Public P...show moreolicy." In addition, coverage of race, class, gender, and culture is integrated throughout.
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More cross-cultural material as well as increased coverage of geographic, racial, and ethnic diversity includes new boxed features on infant and maternal mortality in Afghanistan (Chapter 4), life expectancy among the Japanese elderly (Chapter 13), elderly Filipino immigrants (Chapter 14), and Social Security systems in Eastern and Central Europe (Chapter 15).
Updates sharpen the focus on key policy issues; new policy issues covered include a discussion of the Enron debacle and its effect on retirement savings (Chapter 15), employment problems in the long term care industry (Chapter 10), an update on voting patterns by age in the 2000 election, and a discussion of gender differences in 401(K)s (Chapter 17).
An expanded "Life Course Transitions" chapter, now presented earlier in the text, includes new coverage of the effect of childhood obesity on adult health, the effect of parental loss on social networks in later life, and methodological issues in life course research.
Provides a contemporary approach to the study of aging, emphasizing the life course perspective, particularly in Chapter 3, "Life Course Transitions".
Gives students a broad background for understanding current policy debates through a distinctive chapter entitled "Old Age and the Welfare State" (Chapter 11) and boxed essays found in every chapter titled "An Issue for Public Policy".
Includes a distinctive chapter, "Caring for the Frail Elderly" (Chapter 10), which examines family and institutional care options.
Incorporates "In Their Own Words" essays in each chapter, adding human interest through vivid first-person accounts of various aspects of the aging experience.
Includes boxed essays in each chapter that provide students with a broad perspective on how aging processes vary by race, ethnicity, gender, and region.
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