Not So Golden Years: Caregiving, the Frail Elderly, and the Long-Term Care Establishment / Edition 304

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Since the 1990s, the politics and policies of aging and elder care have emerged as one of the more important issues both nationally and worldwide. Because of population aging and the lengthening of the life span itself, the prevalence of chronic disabling diseases is increasing considerably, rendering more people dependent on others to meet their daily needs. The Not So Golden Years: Caregiving, the Frail Elderly and the Long-Term Care Establishment explores the forces shaping long-term care policy in the U.S. and its impact on individuals and public budgets. The book addresses the world of elder care from the vantage points of gender, race, ethnicity, and social class. It systematically describes the experiences of family caregivers, the workers who comprise the caring labor force, and the frail elderly themselves, showing how each of these vulnerable players, mostly women, are affected by long-term care policies and practices.

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Editorial Reviews

Anthropology and Aging Quarterly
A well-researched, comprehensive examination of the state of long-term care in the U.S. Throughout, Olson views the economic, social, ideological, and political processes that relate to long-term care through the lens of gender, class, race/ethnicity, and age. An extremely valuable work for both gerontology and anthropology.
This book presents a powerful, thought-provoking critique of long-term care in the U.S. Olson's analysis of the political, economic, ideological, structural, and sociocultural processes that influence formal and informal long-term care is a must-read for policy makers in this time of fiscal budget cuts. Recommended.
The Senior Times
Laura Katz Olson provides a badly needed critical look at long-term care. . . . This is quite a scholarly book with much valuable data.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742528314
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 304
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Katz Olson is professor of political science at Lehigh University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 I Introduction: Social Location and the Political Economy of Long-Term Care Chapter 2 II Policies and Programs: The Public and Private Costs of Care Chapter 3 III The Domestic Sphere: Family Caregivers Chapter 4 IV The Workplace Environment: The Paid Caregivers Chapter 5 V The Frail Elderly: How They Experience Care Chapter 6 VI Multiculturalism: Race, Ethnicity, and Class Chapter 7 VII Nursing Homes: A System Run Amok Chapter 8 VIII Because That's Where the Money Is Chapter 9 IX Conclusion: Toward a New Vision of Care Work

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