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Life in an Older America by Robert N. Butler

Today, one in eight Americans--32 million people--are aged sixty-five or older. That proportion will rise to one in five by 2020. The number of elderly Americans is growing faster than the U.S. population at large, with those aged eighty-five or older representing the most rapidly increasing segment of all. Because most of the elderly are no longer in the workforce, and because they are especially vulnerable to chronic illness, disability, and social isolation, the projected explosion in their numbers has enormous ramifications for American society and public policy.

This collection of essays, cosponsored by The Century Foundation/ Twentieth Century Fund and the International Longevity Center, explores the wide-ranging economic and social consequences of the aging of America. Compiled under the supervision of Pulitzer Prize-winning author and gerontologist Dr. Robert N. Butler, the volume presents essays by some of the nation's foremost experts on economics, demography, public policy, health care, and the media. The authors include Marilyn Moon of the Urban Institute; Robert H. Binstock, professor of aging, health, and society at Case Western Reserve University; economist James Schulz of Brandeis University; former NBC News president Lawrence K. Grossman; William Gale of the Brookings Institution; and Sara Rix of the American Association of Retired Persons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870784385
Publisher: The Century Foundation
Publication date: 07/01/1999
Pages: 287
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

About the Author

Robert N. Butler is the director of the International Longevity Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and editor-in-chief of the journal Geriatrics. He is the author of The Longevity Revolution and Why Survive? Being Old in America, both published by HarperCollins. Lawrence K. Grossman is the former president of NBC News and PBS. Mia R. Oberlink is the Project Director of the AdvantAge Initiative at the Center for Home Care Policy and Research.

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