In The Age of Dignity, thought leader and activist Ai-jen Poo offers a wake-up call about the demographic reality that will affect us all. “We have more senior citizens in America today than we’ve had at any time in our history,” Poo writes, pointing out that more than 14 percent of our population is now over sixty-five; by 2030 that ratio will be one in five. In fact, our fastest-growing demographic is the eighty -five-plus age group—over 5 million people now, a number that is expected to more than double in the next twenty years. This change presents us with a new challenge: how we care for and support quality of life for the unprecedented numbers of older Americans who will need it.
Despite these daunting numbers, Poo has written a profoundly hopeful book, giving us a glimpse into the stories and often hidden experiences of the people—family caregivers, older people, and home care workers—whose lives will be directly shaped and reshaped in this moment of demographic change. The Age of Dignity outlines a road map for how we can become a more caring nation, providing solutions for fixing our fraying safety net while also increasing opportunities for women, immigrants, and the unemployed in our workforce. As Poo has said, “Care is the strategy and the solution toward a better future for all of us.”
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About the Author
Emily Woo Zeller's multilingual, multicultural framework led to a natural fit as an audiobook narrator. While she specializes in Asian American narratives, Emily's work spans a broad spectrum, including young adult fiction. She won an AudioFile Earphones Award for her narration of Gulp by Mary Roach.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Caring Across Generations 1
Part I A Changing America Needs Care 11
1 The Elder Boom 15
2 The Sandwich Generation 43
3 The Caring Professionals 71
Part II Care at the Crossroads 107
4 Waking the Caring Majority 113
5 A Policy of Caring 141
Afterword: Life in the Care Grid 169
Appendix A Government Programs Related to Aging and Care 179
Appendix B Resources for Families 189
Appendix C Ways to Get Involved 201
About the Authors 227
About the Photographers 229
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Agreed and ps, whos last name is poo anyway
This guy talks about dignity with his last name being poo ?!
Enjoyed this very much. Makes us all aware that some real solutions need to be developed.
If you want any perspective about end-of-life issues, read this book. Twice. And then again.