The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

by Ai-jen Poo

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The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America by Ai-jen Poo

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620972014
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 896,275
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and codirector of the Caring Across Generations campaign, is the winner of a 2014 MacArthur "genius" grant. In 2000, she cofounded Domestic Workers United. She was chosen for Newsweek's 150 Fearless Women list and Time's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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

Acknowledgments 177

Appendix A Government Programs Related to Aging and Care 179

Appendix B Resources for Families 189

Appendix C Ways to Get Involved 201

Notes 207

Index 217

About the Authors 227

About the Photographers 229

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The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agreed and ps, whos last name is poo anyway
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This guy talks about dignity with his last name being poo ?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this very much. Makes us all aware that some real solutions need to be developed.
Fredric_Alan_Maxwell More than 1 year ago
If you want any perspective about end-of-life issues, read this book. Twice. And then again.