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Educational GerontologyResearchers, scholars, and graduate students will find that Achenbaum has written a useful, current overview of the literature and history for the field of aging.
— Naomi Eden
This thought-provoking work grapples with the vast range of issues associated with the aging population and challenges people of all ages to think more boldly and more creatively about the relationship between older Americans and their communities. W. Andrew Achenbaum explores how the demographics of our aging society affect employment and markets, education, health care, religion, and political action. Drawing on history, literature, and philosophy, Achenbaum focuses on the way health care and increases in life expectancy have transformed late life from a phase characterized by illness, frailty, and debility to one of vitality, productivity, and spirituality.
Johns Hopkins University Press
— Naomi Eden
Achenbaum brings a historian’s sensibility to his analysis... [His] treatment of religion, spirituality, and aging is one of the most informed and sophisticated that I have read.
A well-referenced and clearly, engagingly written account.
Achenbaum's book makes a useful contribution to knowledge. His long experience in the field of aging allows him to provide important policy insights.
A well-researched historical overview of trends in societal aging over the past century.
If the six main chapters alone were not enough to recommend this book, the 30-page reference list that wraps up the volume certainly would be. As textbook or professional reference, Older Americans, Vital Communities would be a worthy investment.
Achenbaum's study provides a powerful and superbly written starting point for what will be a key area of research within gerontology over the next decade.
Researchers, scholars, and graduate students will find that Achenbaum has written a useful, current overview of the literature and history for the field of aging.
— Larry Polivka, Ph.D.
— Marshall B. Kapp, JD, MPH
— Sarah Ruiz
— Allison Kabel
— Christina Butler
— Chris Phillipson