Global Aging: Comparative Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course

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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

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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.

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Publisher
Springer Publishing Company
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Published on
Feb 3, 2014
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Pages
328
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ISBN
9780826105479
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Language
English
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Genres
Social Science / Demography
Social Science / Gerontology
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This content is DRM protected.
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Suzanne R. Kunkel, PhD
"[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
Jean M. Twenge
A highly readable and entertaining first look at how today’s members of iGen—the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later—are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors, and from any other generation, from the renowned psychologist and author of Generation Me.

With generational divides wider than ever, parents, educators, and employers have an urgent need to understand today’s rising generation of teens and young adults. Born in the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s and later, iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person—perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. They socialize in completely new ways, reject once sacred social taboos, and want different things from their lives and careers. More than previous generations, they are obsessed with safety, focused on tolerance, and have no patience for inequality. iGen is also growing up more slowly than previous generations: eighteen-year-olds look and act like fifteen-year-olds used to.

As this new group of young people grows into adulthood, we all need to understand them: Friends and family need to look out for them; businesses must figure out how to recruit them and sell to them; colleges and universities must know how to educate and guide them. And members of iGen also need to understand themselves as they communicate with their elders and explain their views to their older peers. Because where iGen goes, so goes our nation—and the world.
Suzanne R. Kunkel, PhD
"[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
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