The Aged in American Society

The Aged in American Society

The Aged in American Society

The Aged in American Society

Excerpt

This book is designed as a college text book for courses in gerontology and geriatrics, as a supplementary textbook for courses on population, social problems, and social legislation, and as an up-to-date survey for all who are concerned with the problems of the aged. As such, an effort has been made to place the material in a sociological framework without making it unintelligible to the student not versed in sociology. An even more rigorous effort was made to select and interpret the data and information in an objective, scientific manner.

The increase in both number and proportion of the population sixty-five years of age and over during the past half century has not been matched by the growth of scientific knowledge of this segment of society. Although some studies pertaining to gerontology were made prior to World War II, most of the scientifically oriented research has been conducted only since that time. And, as in any emergent science, much of this scientific study of the phenomena of old age has been concentrated on limited aspects of the topic. Thus while our knowledge of the subject has been expanded, it has become increasingly difficult to select for study material that provides an adequate coverage of the entire subject. The purpose of this book is to bring together under one cover information and data from many sources on all the pertinent aspects of gerontology.

The book is divided into five major parts. Part I analyzes the sociocultural environment in which the aged in modern America live. This analysis helps to explain some of the current attitudes held by society about older people in terms of our cultural heritage. Part II views the older worker and job seeker in terms of potentialities for continuing employ-

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