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"This book is exemplary in amassing demographic, policy, and sociopsychological data from around the world to refute both premises: that countriesí 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
"[This] book’s unfading preoccupation with social context, social processes, and social structures distinguishes itself and greatly contributes to the discourse in gerontology."

-The Gerontologist

This classic text, now in its fifth edition, is distinguished by its emphasis on social context, social processes, and social structures as part of a broader understanding of the sociology of aging and the life course. Presenting an objective view of the realities of aging, both positive and negative, the book examines aging from micro/macro, personal, community, societal, and global perspectives. This fifth edition describes important changes in the field of social gerontology and the growth in such topics as diversity, global aging, and the life course. It addresses major shifts in public policy, social institutions, and aging-related programming initiatives. There is a strong focus on the changing landscape of aging, particularly in regard to social engagement, employment and lifelong learning, enhanced health and independence, and livable communities for people of all ages. Additionally, the book includes new information on the Affordable Care Act and end-of-life issues.

The text is uniquely organized, featuring theoretical discussions in each chapter and topical essays between chapters. Critical thinking and review questions foster an in-depth understanding of the material. Written in an engaging style, the text is for graduate and upper-level undergraduate students; it is also used effectively in introductory gerontology classes. In addition to an Instructor's Manual, the fifth edition now includes Power- Point slidesNEW TO THE FIFTH EDITION:

Provides updated data on aging and baby boomers in the United States and worldwidePresents expanded focus on baby boomers' impact on the larger societyDiscusses major public policy changes and innovative services and programs affecting older adultsUses detailed examples to illustrate the challenges of sorting out age, period, and cohort effects in research on agingCovers the Affordable Care Act and up-to-date information on MedicareFeatures new information on end-of-life issuesPresents provocative essays on positive and contemporary issues not typically covered, including love, sex, creativity, media representations, LGBT aging, and crimeFocuses on enhanced health and independence and aging-in-place initiativesProvides learning objectives in each chapter and web-based extracurricular activitiesIncludes PowerPoint slides in addition to an Instructor's Manual
Praise for the first edition:

“This book is exemplary in amassing demographic, policy, and sociopsychological data from around the world... The content of the book is rich with current information seldom accumulated into one sourceI recommend this volume to gerontologists, aging studies undergraduate and graduate students... demographers, and global studies scholars.”

Dr. Carol A. Gosselink, PsycCritiques

Written by leading scholars, this esteemed text on global aging is distinguished by its unique perspective on universal similarities and sociocultural differences across nations. Fully revised, updated, and reorganized, the second edition presents comprehensive coverage of major topics in social gerontology and expands its treatment of health behavior, health care, families, caregiving, older workers, and retirement. It delivers new information on living environments, religious beliefs and practices; environmental threats; cross-cultural views of dementia; ageism in advertising; age-friendly communities; global immigration and cultural assimilation, and end-of-life caregiving.

The second edition also offers additional case studies, first-person narratives and focused essays to enhance core material and a greater number of non-Western contributors. The topical essays reflect changing mores and current issues affecting societies and the aging experience. Discussion questions conclude each chapter, and an Instructor’s Manual and PowerPoint slides are available to instructors. Print version of the book includes free, searchable, digital access to entire contents.

New to the Second Edition:Expanded content on health beliefs and health behavior, religious belief and practice, environmental threats, housing and living environments, physical security, consumer control of health care, family life, and moreAdditional topics on global immigration and cultural assimilation, age portrayals in advertising, voluntarism, and the use of social media in caregivingAbundant new and expanded essaysNew case studies and first-person narrativesMany more non-Western contributorsKey Features:Delivers comprehensive coverage of major topics in gerontologyUses a unique comparative, cross-national perspectiveAuthored by world-renowned aging scholarsIncludes case studies/essays/personal narratives to enliven core informationProvides the most comprehensive demographic data on aging around the world
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