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

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895033697
  • Publisher: Baywood Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/2/2007
  • Series: Society and Aging Ser.
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue
Acknowledgements

Section 1: The Art of Coping with Growing Older

Introduction Terence Seedsman
Personal Creativity and Creative Aging Jacob Lomranz
Health and Well-Being Through Occupation in Later Life Linsey Howie
Psychological Contributions to an Understanding of Age-Related Cognitive Ability and Dysfunction Nancy Pachana
The Art of Aging as Widowed Older Women in Australia Julie Byles, Susan Feldman and Annette Dobson
"Making the Most of It": Living to Age 100 Years or More in Australia John McCormack

Section 2: The Art of Adapting to Health Challenges with Age

Introduction Susan Feldman and JoAnn Damron-Rodriguez
Family and Community Health Care for Older Persons JoAnn Damron-Rodriguez and James E. Lubben
Diversity and Aging: Implications for Aging Policy Valentine M. Villa and Steven P. Wallace
Help Seeking for Health-Related Problems Among Aging Immigrants Varda Soskolne and Gail K. Auslander

Section 3: The Art of Making a Place for Older Persons in Society

Introduction JoAnn Damron-Rodriguez and Susan Feldman
Developing Intergenerational Solidarity: A Global Imperative Terence Seedsman
Structural Contexts and Life-Course Processes in the Social Networks of Older Mexican Immigrants in the United State Dana Miller-Martinez and Steven P. Wallace
Migration and Aging: Australian Perspectives and Research Trang Thomas
The Interpersonal Milieu of Older People Howard Litwin
Aging in Place Jon Pynoos and Christy M. Nishita

Epilogue
Glossary
Coeditors and Contributors
Index
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