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Overview

The book covers the fundamentals of global aging and health and provides real-world models from countries and regions that offer the best practices in current approaches. Global Health and Global Aging presents information about leadership and governance challenges as well as insights about aging in different cultures and countries in all regions of the world.

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Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a multiauthored book about the health of the world's aging population and how our understanding of the nature of aging should influence policies and priorities around the world.
Purpose: Its purpose is to review the state of knowledge of aging populations around the world and to consider how knowledge of aging impacts decisions about future developments. These are all worthy objectives and well fulfilled all around.
Audience: The audience is very broad — researchers, practitioners, planners, and governmental and nongovernmental organizations with an interest in the aging population of the world. The authors are leading experts from throughout the world.
Features: The first of the book's five parts surveys world organizations' views on the health of older persons. The second part reviews countries with the highest longevities, while the third part is a discussion of countries whose increase in older persons is projected to be rapid. A summary of the research and innovation in caring for older persons makes up the fourth part. The last part is a look towards the future.
Assessment: This book, commissioned by the AARP Foundation, is part of a series on global health. There is a truly international contribution of thought. This is a genuine and sincere attempt to bring current knowledge of aging and aging populations to bear on broad policies throughout the world. In a world where competition is the watchword, the efforts at collaboration evidenced by this book are remarkable and it is worth reading by a large audience.
From the Publisher
Recommended. This edited volume brings together a high-powered list of public policy experts to explain the impact of aging on regional development and global economies. (CHOICE, 05/2008)

“This is much less of an introductory overview and is more candid in suggesting reforms to the US health care system. A brief survey of the 31 chapters suggests the breadth and quality of this work.”
— Journal of the American Medical Association

From The Critics
Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD(University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a multiauthored book about the health of the world's aging population and how our understanding of the nature of aging should influence policies and priorities around the world.
Purpose: Its purpose is to review the state of knowledge of aging populations around the world and to consider how knowledge of aging impacts decisions about future developments. These are all worthy objectives and well fulfilled all around.
Audience: The audience is very broad — researchers, practitioners, planners, and governmental and nongovernmental organizations with an interest in the aging population of the world. The authors are leading experts from throughout the world.
Features: The first of the book's five parts surveys world organizations' views on the health of older persons. The second part reviews countries with the highest longevities, while the third part is a discussion of countries whose increase in older persons is projected to be rapid. A summary of the research and innovation in caring for older persons makes up the fourth part. The last part is a look towards the future.
Assessment: This book, commissioned by the AARP Foundation, is part of a series on global health. There is a truly international contribution of thought. This is a genuine and sincere attempt to bring current knowledge of aging and aging populations to bear on broad policies throughout the world. In a world where competition is the watchword, the efforts at collaboration evidenced by this book are remarkable and it is worth reading by a large audience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787988104
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/2/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 9.39 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Robinson is president of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative. She previously served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and was president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997.

William Novelli is chief executive officer of AARP, a membership organization of 38 million people age 50 and older. Previously, he was president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and executive vice president of CARE.

Clarence Pearson is a global health leadership and management consultant and former senior advisor to World Health Organization at the United Nations. He conceived the series of global health books for Jossey-Bass and serves as the series' executive editor.

Laurie Norris is an international communications consultant and author of a history of the China Medical Board, a pioneer in Western-style medical education in China and Asia. She serves as managing editor for the global health series published by Jossey-Bass.

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Table of Contents

About the AARP Foundation.

Foreword by Robert N. Butler.

Preface by Mary Robinson.

Part One: The World and Its Aging Population.

1. World Policies on Aging and the United Nations by Alexandre Siderenko.

2. Population Aging: A Global Overview by Mary Beth Weinberger.

3. The World Health Organization and Global Aging by Alex Kalache.

4. Leadership and Governance Challenges for Global Health and Aging by Derek Yach.

5. Perception of Aging in Different Cultures by Frank Eyetsemitan.

Part Two: Countries with High Rates of Longevity.

6. Australia: Aging in Australia: The Australian Government’s Agenda on Population Aging by Santo Santoro.

7. Denmark: Healthy Aging in Denmark by Bjarne Hastrup.

8. France: Challenges of Longevity: The International Longevity Centre-France Perspective by Françoise Forette and Marie-Anne Brieu.

9. Finland: Healthy Aging in Finland by Pekka Puska.

10. Germany: Healthy Aging in Germany by Ulla Schmidt.

11. Germany: Healthy Aging from 70 to 100+ in Germany: Lessons from the Berlin Aging Study by Jacqui Smith and Paul Baltes.

12. Japan: Challenges of Productive Aging in Japan by Shigeo Morioka.

13. Netherlands: Healthy Aging in the Netherlands by C.I.J.M. Ross-van Dorp.

14. Spain: Aging in Spain: Working Toward Creating New Rights in the Welfare State by José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

15. Sweden: Health and Aging in Sweden by Barbro Westerholm.

16. United Kingdom: United Kingdom by Sally Greengross

17. United States: Healthy Aging in the United States by Jeanette Takamura.

Part Three: Countries Facing Rapid Population Aging in the Next 20–30 Years.

18. Africa: Health and Aging in Africa by Nana Apt.

19. China: Aging of Populations: Is China’s Pattern Unique? by Lincoln Chen and Lingling Zhang.

20. India: Health and Aging in India By Sharad D. Gokhale.

21. Eastern Mediterranean: Eastern Mediterrean Region: Rapid Aging Population in 20–30 Years by Mohamed H. El-Banouby.

22. Russia: Health and Aging in Russia Vladimir Kh. Khavinson and Olga N. Mikhailova.

23. Latin America and the Caribbean: Health and Aging in Latin America and the Caribbean by Enrique Vega García.

Part Four: Leaders in Research and Innovative Programs.

24. The Biology of Aging: Current Research and Expected Future Gains by George Martin and Joshua Lederberg.

25. Exceptional Longevity by Thomas Perls and Dellara Terry.

26. Cities, Sociodiversity, and Strategy by Jaime Lerner.

27. Creating a Healthy Environment for Aging Populations by Gloria Gutman.

28. How Government, Business, and Social Sector Partnerships Can Finance Programs for the Aging by A. James Forbes, Jr.

29. Policies and Practices Affecting Health and Longevity of People with Disabilities: Lessons from the United Kingdom by Hector Medora and Angela Hassiotis.

30. Keeping People Active: Continuing Education Programs That Work by Julia Preece and Brian Findsen.

31. Longevity’s Impact on Retirement Security by C. Robert Henrikson.

32. Improving Health Care in America: Lessons Learned from the Global Village by William Novelli.

Part Five: Epilogue: The Road Ahead.

33. Epilogue: The Road Ahead by Erik Olsen

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