Aging Nation (häftad)
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Aging Nation (häftad)

Aging Nation

The Economics and Politics of Growing Older in America

Häftad Engelska, 2008-05-01
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With the impending retirement of some 76 million baby boomers in a period of huge government deficits, public anxiety about the social and economic health of an aging nation is widespread. The policy debates are contentious-from deciding who should receive limited subsidized housing and medical services to the ongoing battle over "saving" Social Security and other entitlement programs. Some policy makers and pundits forecast disaster: elderly people will be put out to pasture with inadequate health care and financial resources, and a crumbling social welfare infrastructure will implode under the strain of intergenerational conflict. In Aging Nation, renowned experts James H. Schulz and Robert H. Binstock agree that there is considerable cause for concern but insist that a demographic tsunami is not inevitable. Drawing from the most current data, the authors provide an in-depth analysis of the nation's evolving private and public policies on retirement, faltering employer pensions, health care, workplace conditions, and entitlement programs. They consider such timely issues as poverty among older people, rejoining the workforce after retirement, Social Security and health care reform, as well as the rise of elderly people as a powerful political force. Dispelling popular myths and misconceptions perpetrated by politicians and pundits, Schulz and Binstock consider the economic, political, and social challenges arising from the aging U.S. population, and present a balanced-and reassuring-assessment of the future.
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James Schulz and Robert Binstock unquestionably take places of honor among the elders of the gerontological tribe. Decades of study, teaching, civic engagement, writing, and speaking to peers, lawmakers, and informed citizens have secured their reputations as knowledgeable, judicious, respected experts on the economics and politics of aging, respectively. -- W. Andrew Achenbaum, PhD * Journal of Aging and Social Policy * This is a useful primer for any person who wants a sneak preview of the difficult days ahead. -- Steve Goddard * History Wire - Where the Past Comes Alive * This timely book offers a worthwhile read for anyone interested in learning about the history of pension plans in the United States, their administration, and their economic impact on retirees. -- Marvin Pelaez * Monthly Labor Review * Highly recommended. * Midwest Book Review *

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James H. Schulz is a professor emeritus of economics at Brandeis University and the former president of the Gerontological Society of America. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Kleemier Award for outstanding research in the field of aging. Robert H. Binstock is a professor of aging, health, and society at Case Western Reserve University. He has served as director of a White House Task Force on older Americans and is the coeditor of Dementia and Aging: Ethics, Values, and Policy Choices, The Future of Long-Term Care: Social and Policy Issues, and The Lost Art of Caring: A Challenge to Health Professionals, Families, Communities, and Society, all published by Johns Hopkins.


Preface to the Paperback Edition1. Baby Boomers and the Merchants of Doom2. The Phony Threat of Population Aging3. The Search for Security with Dignity4. Dealing with Risk5. The Company Pension: Altruism or Self-Interest?6. The Pension Lottery: Personal Pension Accounts7. To Work or Not to Work: That Is the Question8. Health and Longevity: What Lies Ahead?9. A Gerontocracy? The Politics of Aging10. Framing the Issues for an Aging NationNotesIndex