Aging: Lifestyles, Work, and Money

Overview

From politics to popular culture, baby boomers exert a profound impact on America. As they enter middle age and retirement, this generation, unprecedented in size, will confront a vast new realm of problems, choices, and decisions. Their needs will make the graying of America the most significant demographic event of our time. As a resource fitted to such an event, Aging: Lifestyles, Work, and Money, provides a definitive, comprehensive source of information about people aged 65 years and older. The information ...

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Overview

From politics to popular culture, baby boomers exert a profound impact on America. As they enter middle age and retirement, this generation, unprecedented in size, will confront a vast new realm of problems, choices, and decisions. Their needs will make the graying of America the most significant demographic event of our time. As a resource fitted to such an event, Aging: Lifestyles, Work, and Money, provides a definitive, comprehensive source of information about people aged 65 years and older. The information is indexed and included under easy-to-follow headings, allowing the reader to locate facts quickly and as needed, or browse and encounter valuable information serendipitously.

Vierck and Hodges not only provide exhaustive coverage of vital statistics (including many previously unpublished features), but also offer analytical support—describing trends, offering insights, and providing a framework for understanding the data.

This volume is ideally suited to the elderly whose concerns it investigates, as well as to medical and nursing libraries, and anyone interested in the manifold issues associated with the elderly. It includes a bibliography, a listing of Web sites, and an appendix listing world records and fascinating facts, providing a record of some extraordinary achievements of the elderly.

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"Written as a companion to Aging: Demographics, Health, and Health Services, by E. Vierck and K. Hodges, this well-organized, easy-to-read statistical analysis of data from 1,500 documents related to Americans 65 and older can also be used independently. Data is divided into two major sections: Lifestyles, and Work and Money. Tables, charts, graphs, and data summaries describe such topics as marital status, living arrangements, and family life; where the elderly live; geographic mobility, transportation, volunteering, and community life; social activities, travel, and leisure; and finances, spending habits, and incomes of both wealthy and poor older Americans at the beginning of the 21st century. Not all the data presented are readily available from government documents; the authors have recalculated statistics from a variety of sources to draw insightful conclusions about the status and future of aged citizens. Also provided are a selected bibliography and list of useful Web sites, an appendix listing government agencies and resources on aging services, gerontology, and geriatrics, and a glossary….Recommended. All levels."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573565486
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/15/2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

ELIZABETH VIERCK is Senior Editor for the Society of Certified Senior Advisors and a well-known independent writer and information specialist in health and aging. She is a widely published author with 12 books and numerous other publications to her credit including Growing Old in America, Health Smart, Factbook on Aging, and Aging America.

KRIS HODGES is an independent market research professional.

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Table of Contents

Introductory essay : the typical older American 1
Ch. 1 Marital status, living arrangements, and family life 7
Ch. 2 Where the elderly live : geographic location and mobility 15
Ch. 3 Transportation and housing 32
Ch. 4 Community life, social activity, and leisure 55
Ch. 5 Crime and the elderly 82
Ch. 6 Citizenship, language, and education 97
Ch. 7 Income and poverty 113
Ch. 8 Finances - assets, savings, debt, and attitudes 133
Ch. 9 Consumer spending 152
Ch. 10 Work and retirement 180
Ch. 11 Social Security and Supplemental Security Income 201
App. A World records and fascinating facts 213
App. B Resources in aging services, gerontology, and geriatrics 221
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