Aging: Culture, Health, and Social Change / Edition 1

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Demographic studies foreshadow a dramatic increase in the proportion o f "older" members of our global population. The task of allocating pub lic and private resources to accommodate present and future generation s is a daunting challenge for all nations. Not surprisingly, planning for the health of an aging society raises profound issues in law, ethi cs, and public policy. Culture, Health, and Social Change is the first of three volumes on Aging conceived for the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine. Leading scholars from a range of di sciplines contest some of the predominant paradigms on aging, and crit ically assess modern trends in social health policy. How we approach a nd understand "aging" will have indelible effects on existing and futu re elder citizens. Acknowledging the cultural variances that exist in the human experience of aging is therefore of vital importance in orde r to respond to individual needs in a manner that is not paternalistic , discriminatory, or exclusionary.

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Preface. Acknowledgments. Contributors. Paradigms. Changing paradigms of aging and being older: An historical perspective; P.M. Thane. Implications of aging paradigms for bioethics; G.J. Agich. Health in the "grey" millennium: Romanticism versus complexity? J. McCallum. Social Responses. Protecting aged citizenship: Rethinking the "mutuality" of state and civil society? T. Carney. Discrimination against the elderly within a consequentialist approach to health care resource allocation; D.W. Brock. Therapeutic jurisprudence and American elder law; M.B. Kapp. Finding the elder voice in social legislation; L.S. Whitton. European social policy for the elderly; N. Delpérée. Aging in developing countries: A public health and human rights issue; M. Peláez, A. Kalache. Cultural Dimensions. Aging and dying in cross-cultural perspective: An introduction to a critical cross-cultural understanding of death and dying; P.H. Stephenson. Old age, cultural complexity, and narrative interpretation: Building bridges in a 21st century world of diversity; A.L. Blaakilde. Foodways of disadvantaged men growing old in the inner city: Policy issues from ethnographic research; C. Russell, D. Touchard, H. Kendig, S. Quine. Reflections. The affective alienation of the elderly: A humane and ethical issue; G.B. Palermo. Reflection on aging: A time to live and to share; R. Pegoraro. Index.

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