Aging and Old Age

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University of Chicago Press, Apr 1, 1997 - Family & Relationships - 375 pages
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Are the elderly posing a threat to America's political system with their enormous clout? Are they stretching resources to the breaking point with their growing demands for care? Distinguished economist and legal scholar Richard A. Posner explodes the myth that the United States could be on the brink of gerontological disaster.

Aging and Old Age offers fresh insight into a wide range of social and political issues relating to the elderly, such as health care, crime, social security, and discrimination. From the dread of death to the inordinate law-abidingness of the old, from their loquacity to their penny-pinching, Posner paints a surprisingly rich, revealing, and unsentimental portrait of the millions of elderly people in the United States. He explores issues such as age discrimination in employment, creativity and leadership as functions of age, and the changing social status of the elderly. Why are old people, presumably with less to lose, more unwilling to take risks than young people? Why don't the elderly in the United States command the respect and affection they once did and still do in other countries? How does aging affect driving and criminal records? And how does aging relate to creativity across different careers?
 

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To some, the graying of American society is viewed as a threat to the country's social, political, and economic stability. Yet this book asserts that the cost of an aging society has been exaggerated ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
PART
9
What Is Aging and Why?
17
Old Age Past Present and Future
31
A HumanCapital Model of Aging
51
An Economic Model of Aging with Change
66
The Economic Psychology of the
99
and mental decline as factors in the psychology
115
Differences in peak age between and within fields
166
Changes with age in the character of creative
174
Adjudication and Old Age
180
How productive are older judges? Causes of
199
Primitive and agrarian societies Modernity
227
Euthanasia and Geronticide
235
Social Security and Health
262
A Sampler
298

Behavioral Correlates of Age
122
victims and as offenders Suicide Pennypinching
143
Age Creativity and Output
156
Age Discrimination by Employers and the Issue of
319
Index
365
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