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Looks at prevailing attitudes toward aging as well as the economic and medical needs of elderly citizens.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060908720
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1975
  • Pages: 512

Meet the Author

Robert N. Butler, M.D., is president and chief executive officer of the International Longevity Center—USA and professor of geriatrics at the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. From 1975 to 1982 he was the founding director of the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. In 1982 he founded the first department of geriatrics in a U.S. medical school. In 1976 Butler won the Pulitzer Prize for his book Why Survive?: Being Old in America. He is co-author (with Dr. Myrna I. Lewis) of the books Aging and Mental Health and Love and Sex After 60. He is presently working on a book, The Longevity Revolution.

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Table of Contents

A Personal Note
Preface
Ch. 1 The Tragedy of Old Age in America 1
Ch. 2 How to Grow Old and Poor in an Affluent Society 22
Ch. 3 What About My Pension? 37
Ch. 4 The Right to Work 64
Ch. 5 No Place to Live 103
Ch. 6 No Time to Wait 139
Ch. 7 The Unfulfilled Prescription 174
Ch. 8 "They Are Only Senile" 225
Ch. 9 Houses of Death Are a Lively Business 260
Ch. 10 Victimization of the Elderly 300
Ch. 11 Pacification and the Politics of Aging 321
Ch. 12 The Gift of Life 356
Ch. 13 Loosening Up Life 384
Ch. 14 Growing Old Absurd 402
App. A Sources of Gerontological and Geriatric Literature 423
App. B Organizations Pertaining to the Elderly 425
App. C Government Programs for the Elderly 428
App. D Government Agencies for the Elderly 430
App. E Other National Organizations with Programs in the Field of Aging 435
Acknowledgments 445
Notes 447
Bibliography 471
Index 483
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