Older Americans, Vital Communities: A Bold Vision for Societal Aging

Older Americans, Vital Communities: A Bold Vision for Societal Aging

by W. Andrew Achenbaum
     
 

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,

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801887680
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/19/2007
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction : a new demographic revolution demands novel structural responses
1The new faces of individual aging1
2The new age of production and consumption25
3(Re)creating networks for lifelong learning and sharing talents49
4Reforming the U.S. health care system to care for an aging population76
5Renewing religious experiences and spiritual practices for a new age103
6Extending the civic engagement of senior citizens129
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