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Global Aging

SKU# 9780826105462

Comparative Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course

Author: Suzanne R. Kunkel PhD, Frank J. Whittington PhD, J. Scott Brown PhD

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This book is exemplary in amassing demographic, policy, and sociopsychological data from around the world to refute both premises: that countries' aging is not occurring in developing nations and that aging of the population presents intractable predicaments. The content of the book is rich with current information seldom accumulated into one source. For a scholar of aging studies, the topics are comprehensive, including demographics, political systems, health and long-term care provision, employment/retirement, and formal and informal support systems. Structurally, the book adds value with the inclusion of Web resources and a robust index. The design is conducive for a classroom setting by incorporating discussion questions and key words at the end of each chapter." -- Dr. Carol A. Gosselink, PsycCritiques

Using a comparative, cross-national perspective, Global Aging: Comparative Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course explores the major topics in social gerontology worldwide and the demands that the aging population places on a society.

This comprehensive and timely guide includes contributions from international gerontology scholars and illustrates both universal and socioculturally unique aspects of aging across nations. It is organized thematically for ease of use and includes an abundance of photographs and illustrations to highlight key points.

Key features:

  • Discussions on various nations' policies and programs designed to meet the unique needs of an older population
  • An essay on pension and income maintenance policies and programs
  • An analysis of the role of local and national governments, as well as non-governmental organizations, in serving older adults
  • Case studies on specific aspects of aging: family life, caregiving, policies and politics, health and long-term care, and work and retirement
  • The most current demographic data on aging around the world

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 03, 2014
  • Page Count 328
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826105462
  • EISBN 9780826105479

Table of Contents 

Part I - Overview of Global Aging and the Life Course Chapter 1 - Introduction: Variations in the Experiences and Contexts of Aging around the World Essay: Aging and the Life Course in India
Chapter 2 - Models for Cross-cultural, Comparative Analyses
Chapter 3 - Data Sources and Measurement Challenges
Part II - Population and Aging
Chapter 4 - Demography of Aging
Chapter 5 - Disability and Active Life Expectancy
Chapter 6 - Aging and Mortality
Part III - Aging Policy and Service Delivery Systems
Chapter 7 - Pensions and Income Maintenance
Chapter 8 - Health and Long-term Care Policy
Chapter 9 - Service Delivery Systems
Part IV - Social Institutions and the Life Course
Chapter 10 - Families and Caregiving
Chapter 11 - Work and Retirement
Chapter 12 - Health Care Systems and Public Health
Part V - The Future of Global Aging
Chapter 13-Aging and the Rise and Fall of the Welfare State
Chapter 14 - The Future of Aging in the Developed World
Chapter 15- The Future of Aging in the Developing World

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