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Overview

Presenting current research in an innovative format, Harry Moody and Jennifer Sasser’s Aging: Concepts and Controversies encourages students to become involved and take an informed stand on the major aging issues that we face as a society. Using their extensive expertise, the authors provide a thorough explanation of the issues in the Concepts sections and current research in the Controversy sections, demonstrating the close links between concepts and controversies in these broad areas of aging: health care, socioeconomic trends, and the life course.

Explores controversies such as rationing health care; "right do die"; entitlements; & more.

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Editorial Reviews

Cynthia Lange
"Moody always presents excellent information and data that leads to lively class discussion. This book prepares future generations for their own aging."
ACTIVITIES, ADAPTATION & AGING - Margaret Bull
"The book is clearly written and encourages students to engage in critical thinking about salient issues in gerontology."
Carol A. Gosselink
"Some might like to read the volume to be informed about their own or their parents' aging and the ramifications of the massive demographic shift in the coming decades."
Christine Caffrey
"Aging: Concepts and Controversies is powerful. It challenges instructors and students to approach learning in a different way."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412969666
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 3.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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. He recently retired as Vice President and Director of Academic Affairs for AARP in Washington, DC. He is currently Visiting Professor at Tohoku University in Japan, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Fielding Graduate University. Dr. Moody previously served as Executive Director of the Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College and Chairman of the Board of Elderhostel (now Road Scholar). Moody is the author of over 100 scholarly articles, as well as a number of books including: Abundance of Life: Human Development Policies for an Aging Society (Columbia University Press, 1988) and Ethics in an Aging Society (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992). His most recent book, The Five Stages of the Soul, was published by Doubleday Anchor Books and has been translated into seven languages worldwide. He is the editor of a newsletter, "Human Values in Aging," reaching 10,000 subscribers each month. In 2011 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society on Aging and in 2008 he was named by Utne Reader Magazine as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”

Jennifer R. Sasser is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Human Sciences at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon, where she coordinates the gerontology program. She joined the Marylhurst faculty in 1997 and since that time has been involved in the design and implementation of many on-campus and Web-based courses and programs for adult learners, including the graduate and undergraduate certificate programs in gerontology. While conducting her doctoral work at Oregon State University, she was a graduate teaching and research fellow, as well as the first recipient of the AARP/Andrus Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Gerontology. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Sasser has studied and written about creativity in later life; older women’s embodiment; critical gerontological theory; and transformational adult learning practices. She served on the Oregon Gerontological Association Board of Directors starting in 2005 and was President of the Board for three years. In 2012, she received a Distinguished Teacher award from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Prologue: America as an Aging Society

BASIC CONCEPTS

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

Controversy 8. Why do We Grow Old?

Controversy 9. Does Creativity Decline with Age?

Controversy 10. Does Old Age Have Meaning?

Resources for Papers in Gerontology

Internet Resources on Aging

References

Glossary

Index

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