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The elderly have traditionally been a segment of the population treated with respect and veneration. Numerous societal changes, however, have raised practical concerns about how to best care for an aging population without overburdening younger and future generations. Necessities that many take for granted-employment, medical care, and housing-are often difficult for the elderly to obtain. Government programs such as Social Security and Medicare are constantly threatened by privatization. As baby boomers continue to retire, questions surrounding the rights of the elderly become more and more pronounced. Rights of the Elderly provides an overview of the history of this timely topic and opinions surrounding it, ranging from the Social Security Act of 1935 to the current activism of groups such as AARP and the Gray Panthers. Examining contemporary case studies such as Kathi Cooper, et al. v. IBM Personal Pension Plan and IBM Corporation and documents such as The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, this new volume provides multiple perspectives and decisions surrounding thisincreasingly important issue while also projecting a course for the future of the rights of the elderly.
About the Author:
Fred C. Pampel holds a B.A., an M.A., and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is currently a professor of sociology and a research associate of the Institute of Behavior Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder