The International Handbook on Aging: Current Research and Developments

The International Handbook on Aging: Current Research and Developments

The International Handbook on Aging: Current Research and Developments

The International Handbook on Aging: Current Research and Developments

Synopsis

The United Nations World Assembly on Aging has made advancing health and well-being into old age a worldwide call for action. And this text at hand shows us what researchers worldwide are doing to answer that call. Here, three of America's most esteemed experts on aging lead a global team of contributors - each an expert in his or her country - to show us what the top challenges of each nation are, and what top research is being done there to meet those.

Excerpt

This third edition of Erdman Palmore’s pioneering handbook of aging around the world is a handy, updated introduction to aging in 46 countries worldwide. Excellent editing has assured very readable accounts of the demography and socioeconomic characteristics of aging populations globally, educational and training programs in gerontology and geriatrics, and the social policy issues designed to deal with identified challenges of older adults.

The initial editions appeared as Developments and Research in Aging: An International Handbook in 1993 and as the International Handbook on Aging: Contemporary Developments and Research in 1980. In this new edition, Suzanne Kunkel, Director of the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University (Ohio), and Frank Whittington, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at George Mason University, join Palmore as co-editors. Also, Samuel Mwangi, a native of Kenya, and Elizabeth Lokon, who are graduate students at Miami University, serve as associate editors.

National and international media document the globalization of commerce, travel, and events, and increasingly call attention to the aging of populations around the world. The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics has provided periodic forums for scholars and scientists studying aging individuals and populations since 1950. In recent decades, the United Nations and the World Health Organization have outlined plans of action to identify and respond to the health and welfare needs of aging populations around the world, to suggest appropriate public . . .

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