Lessons on Aging from Three Nations: The Art of Aging Well

Lessons on Aging from Three Nations: The Art of Aging Well

by Sara Carmel
     
 

The "demographic revolution"—the aging of societies—has become a worldwide phenomenon, affecting governments, economies, social trends, relationships among nations, and, most of all, the elderly themselves and their families. The pace of aging differs among nations, however, as do the solutions for the new social needs and the rate of addressing them.… See more details below

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The "demographic revolution"—the aging of societies—has become a worldwide phenomenon, affecting governments, economies, social trends, relationships among nations, and, most of all, the elderly themselves and their families. The pace of aging differs among nations, however, as do the solutions for the new social needs and the rate of addressing them. Although no two nations are alike, one way for dealing effectively with new social demands is to learn from the creativity, achievements, and failures of other societies.This volume examines the issues confronting global aging through the prism of three multicultural nations; the United States, Israel, and Australia. All three countries face the challenges of coping with continued immigration, dramatic social and demographic change, and the growing nexus of social diversity, along with aging, but have established different infrastructures of programs, services, and public benefits for their older citizens. While highlighting their societies' experiences, the scholars contributing to this book discuss international achievements in meeting the ultimate challenge of aging well, as well as limitations and unmet needs, focusing on the art of coping with growing old, adapting to health challenges, and making a place for older persons in society. The authors not only identify the insights, indicators, and trends that may affect both developed and developing worlds, but also offer practical solutions for enhancing personal and societal well-being, thus making the most of this demographic revolution.

Intended Audience: Students of gerontology and geriatrics; those working in nongovernmental organizations—private, for-profit, and nonprofit agencies, including voluntary, charitable, and religious groups; those working in national, regional, and local governments; all general readers intrigued with the aging of societies and longevity.

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Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This multiauthored monograph focuses on aging themes in three different countries — the U.S., Australia, and Israel.
Purpose: Its purpose is to put forth themes of global aging using these three countries as examples. This is the future, and the authors provide an interesting grouping of themes.
Audience: The audience will be mostly gerontologists, policymakers, and planners. The authors are all experts in the field.
Features: Three themes stand out. The first is emphasizing the family as the unit of treatment and how those change from place to place. The second theme is immigration — how older persons adapt to being immigrants and how they draw upon both the old home and the new. The third theme is the importance of the physical environment in supporting an aging population, which applies to domicile, facilities for caring for older persons, and transportation networks.
Assessment: This book links two important themes: globalization and aging. I would like to add that this book looks at cultural competence in terms of understanding older persons —themselves, their countries of origin, and the world around them, both the physical and the persons in that space. Yet it is also we who have the same domains and qualities. This is a stimulating book, the first in a series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780895033697
Publisher:
Baywood Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/02/2007
Series:
Society and Aging Ser.
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are saying about this

Jennie Chin Hansen
This series provides a vital dialogue in gerontology that helps us gain a perspective on how three developed societies address aging, as aging becomes a more prominent topic in the United States and elsewhere. Aging becomes both the lens and the engine, with a crucial impact on the social and economic infrastructures of our societies and on their vitality and vulnerabilities, both now and in the foreseeable future. (Jennie Chin Hansen, Senior Fellow, University of California, San Francisco Center for the Health Professions)
E. Percil Standford
The authors challenge us to take a careful look at how three societies have evolved as their populations have aged. As this work makes clear, global aging is a stronger reality than ever. The authors artfully show that the size and age of a population have relevance but are not necessarily the most critical ingredients for successful aging. It is the will of the population to creatively address the critical elements of life that makes the difference. A careful look at the paths of coping with the need for change in the selected nations helps inform policymakers, scholars, and others. The authors are masterful in making sure we understand the full weight of diversity and all of its implications for each nation as demographics change. (E. Percil Standford, Ph.D., Chief Officer for Diversity and Inclusion, AARP)

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