Academic journal article Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare

Terry Tirrito, Aging in the New Millennium: A Global View

Academic journal article Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare

Terry Tirrito, Aging in the New Millennium: A Global View

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Terry Tirrito, Aging in the New Millennium: A Global View. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2003. $ 18.95 papercover.

Global aging is all-encompassing and will affect every man, woman and child anywhere in the world. It will affect everything from individual life plans to international security. The steady increase in the number of older people will have a direct bearing on family relationships and solidarity, generational equity and lifestyles. It will generate important opportunities while at the same time it will create unprecedented challenges. Increases in old age in many countries can be attributed to advances in science, medicine, and technology that have lead to reductions in infant and maternal mortality, infectious disease, and occupational hazards, as well as improvements in nutrition and education. Decreases in fertility combined with increases in aging may shrink the numbers of workers and consumers, creating unprecedented challenges to national and global economies. At the same time, with the advances in health and medicine, current populations will live longer and remain healthier than previous generations. As a result, traditional concepts of retirement and the contributions of older adults will need to be reconsidered.

In her book Aging in the New Millennium: A Global View, Terry Tirrito weaves together the complicated tapestry of aging around the world, covering topics such as life expectancy, and the varying social and economic impacts of aging throughout the world. Chapter topics range from demographic trends, theories and perspectives on aging to the experiences of older adults, programs and services for older adults, and attitudes about aging. …

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