New Directions in Old-Age Policies

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Janie S. Steckenrider, Tonya M. Parrott
SUNY Press, 1998 - Political Science - 285 pages
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This book explores the changed political environment in the United States and what it means for the policies and programs benefiting the elderly and their families. It includes chapters written by distinguished contributors, such as Fernando Torres-Gil, Assistant Secretary for Aging, Clinton Administration, and discusses specific, realistic policy options for the future. New Directions in Old-Age Policies suggests that old-age policy in the changed political environment is a paradox of competing agendas: individual versus fiscal responsibility in policy choices, doing more for the elderly and their families with fewer public resources, and prioritizing the status quo or change in policy decisions for the elderly.
 

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Contents

The Political Environment
1
Health Care Policies and Older Americans
13
Strengthening Social Security
37
Crossroads in the 1990s
75
The Changing Political Activism Patterns
111
by Grass Roots Party Activists
121
Competing Problems Budget Constraints
151
Changing Family Demographics Caregiving
185
Aging Policy and the Experience of Older
211
The Plight
235
The Paradox of OldAge Policy in
261
Contributors
273
Subject Index
283
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About the author (1998)

Janie S. Steckenrider is Associate Professor of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

Tonya M. Parrott is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Gerontology at Quinnipiac College, Connecticut.

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