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Global Aging: Comparative Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course / Edition 1

Global Aging: Comparative Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course / Edition 1

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This book is exemplary in amassing demographic, policy, and sociopsychological data from around the world to refute both premises: that countries' aging is not occurring in developing nations and that aging of the population presents intractable predicaments. The content of the book is rich with current information seldom accumulated into one source. For a scholar of aging studies, the topics are comprehensive, including demographics, political systems, health and long-term care provision, employment/retirement, and formal and informal support systems. Structurally, the book adds value with the inclusion of Web resources and a robust index. The design is conducive for a classroom setting by incorporating discussion questions and key words at the end of each chapter." — Dr. Carol A. Gosselink, PsycCritiques

Using a comparative, cross-national perspective, Global Aging: Comparative Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course explores the major topics in social gerontology worldwide and the demands that the aging population places on a society.

This comprehensive and timely guide includes contributions from international gerontology scholars and illustrates both universal and socioculturally unique aspects of aging across nations. It is organized thematically for ease of use and includes an abundance of photographs and illustrations to highlight key points.

Key features:

• Discussions on various nations' policies and programs designed to meet the unique needs of an older population
• An essay on pension and income maintenance policies and programs
• An analysis of the role of local and national governments, as well as non-governmental organizations, in serving older adults
• Case studies on specific aspects of aging: family life, caregiving, policies and politics, health and long-term care, and work and retirement
• The most current demographic data on aging around the world

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826105462
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/28/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 1,117,921
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Suzanne R. Kunkel, PhD
is the Director of the Scripps Gerontology Center and Professor in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology at Miami University. She has been principal investigator or co-investigator on local, state, federal, and foundation grants totaling more than $3 million. Kunkel is a Fellow of both the
Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). She received the Hiram Friedsam Mentorship Award from AGHE, and is currently Treasurer of GSA. Kunkel is co-author (with Leslie Morgan) of Aging, Society, and the Life Course, a textbook now in its fourth edition. With Frank Whittington and Erdman Palmore, she co-edited the most recent edition of the International Handbook on Aging, and co-edited with Frank Whittington the Spring 2013 edition of Generations, focusing on global aging. She has published more than 40 articles, books,
and book chapters, and more than 30 research monographs on the aging network, innovations in the delivery of home care, population projections, global aging, and gerontology education.

J. Scott Brown, PhD
is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology and Research Fellow with Scripps Gerontology
Center at Miami University. His research interests are focused on wealth and health inequalities across the life course with particular emphasis on gender and race differences in physical and mental health. He has authored or co-authored over two dozen articles and book chapters across multiple research areas including mortality and disability, mental-health life course trajectories across age, variation in race and ethnic measurement and its social and health implications, and cross-national investigation of the initiation of and changes in welfare state policies. Dr. Brown is currently working on a National
Institutes of Health funded multi-year research project investigating the life course effects of region of residence in early life on a variety of subjective and objective health outcomes. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Frank J. Whittington, PhD
is Professor of Gerontology and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University. His research interests focus on the social dimensions of health and health care of older persons, especially African Americans. His publications include 10
books and over 60 articles and chapters on health behavior, long-term care, and global aging. With 5 colleagues in the Georgia State University Gerontology
Institute and based on research funded by the National Institute on Aging and the AARP Andrus Foundation, he co-authoredCommunities of Care: Assisted Living for African Americans (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005). His most recent project was the International Handbook on Aging (Praeger Publishers, 2009), co-edited with Erdman Palmore of Duke University and Suzanne Kunkel of Miami University. Dr. Whittington has served as President of the Southern Gerontological Society, which selected him to receive the Gordon Streib
Academic Gerontologist Award in 2009. He also received the 2010 Clark Tibbitts Award for outstanding contributions to academic gerontology from the
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Table of Contents

Part I - Overview of Global Aging and the Life Course

Chapter 1 - Introduction: Variations in the Experiences and Contexts of Aging around the World Essay: Aging and the Life Course in India

Chapter 2 - Models for Cross-cultural, Comparative Analyses

Chapter 3 - Data Sources and Measurement Challenges

Part II - Population and Aging

Chapter 4 - Demography of Aging

Chapter 5 - Disability and Active Life Expectancy

Chapter 6 - Aging and Mortality

Part III - Aging Policy and Service Delivery Systems

Chapter 7 - Pensions and Income Maintenance

Chapter 8 - Health and Long-term Care Policy

Chapter 9 - Service Delivery Systems

Part IV - Social Institutions and the Life Course

Chapter 10 - Families and Caregiving

Chapter 11 - Work and Retirement

Chapter 12 - Health Care Systems and Public Health

Part V - The Future of Global Aging

Chapter 13-Aging and the Rise and Fall of the Welfare State

Chapter 14 - The Future of Aging in the Developed World

Chapter 15- The Future of Aging in the Developing World

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