Risking Old Age in America

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One out of every three Americans lives in poverty. There is, however, a growing political perception that the elderly are ``too numerous, too affluent and in regard to their claim on the federal exchequer, too demanding.'' Margolis, under the auspices of Families USA Foundation (formerly the Villers Foundation), examines how social and economic programs created during the New Deal to lessen threats of impoverishment and dependency have been undercut by the recent policies of Reaganomics. His discussions of the weakening of the ``safety net'' for the elderly are reminiscent of those of social reformists like Michael Harrington ( The Other America , Macmillan, 1962), although Margolis's recommendations for change are perhaps less innovative. Interviews and personal accounts add to the book's readability and popular appeal. See also Lifetrends by Jerry Gerber & others, reviewed in this issue, p.148.--Ed. -- Karen McNally Bensing, The Benjamin Rose Inst. Lib., Cleveland
Interweaving interviews with elderly Americans and examinations of federal social welfare policies, Margolis (columnist, The New leader) portrays old age, its attendant hazards, and its changing status in national policy debate. He also proposes specific steps the nation can take to ensure elderly independence. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780813309392
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1989
  • Pages: 202

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