Social Structures: Demographic Changes and the Well-Being of Older Persons

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K. Warner Schaie, PhD, Peter Uhlenberg, PhD
Springer Publishing Company, Mar 23, 2007 - Social Science - 312 pages

Significant demographic changes are altering the structure of the American population. Larger numbers of immigrants are entering the work force, will become part of our aging population, and increasingly, are providing care for the elderly. Family structures and communities are evolving as marriage, childbearing, divorce, and cohabitation trends are changing. The working population that supports the elderly, physically and economically, is also changing and will most likely become smaller and less able to support this growing population.

What does this mean for the well-being of our aging population and our efforts to ensure the quality of life for our elderly now and that we will want to enjoy ourselves as we become part of this older population?

In this volume Drs. Schaie and Uhlenberg and a host of leading scholars look at the current structure of the American population in an effort to determine the impact it will have on the lives of the elderly and those growing older with disabilities and chronic illness. They examine the effects of the aging baby boomers on health care, migration and immigration and how it can support or tax health care networks, cultural issues regarding access to health care, and changing cultural attitudes towards marriage and family that are affecting the relationships between the elderly and their communities.


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1 Older Immigrants
Cultural Issues in Access to Health Care Commentary
Downward Spiral or Virtuous Circle? Commentary
The Impact of Baby Boomer Aging on the Health Care System
5 What Havoc Will the Boomers Wreak? Commentary
6 Demographic Reflections on the Aging of the Baby Boom and Its Implications for Health Care Commentary
7 Perspectives on the Economic Implications of the Aging of Baby Boomers
Described Inscribed and Prescribed
11 Immigration RaceEthnicity and Health Care Commentary
12 The Aging of the Second Demographic Transition
13 The Second Demographic Transition Aging Families and the Aging of the Institutionalized Life Course Commentary
14 Some Thoughts on Aging Marriage and WellBeing in Later Life Commentary
A Comparative Perspective
16 The Future of Intergenerational RelationshipsVariability and Vulnerabilities Commentary
17 Demographic Transitions Age and Culture Commentary
Author Index

9 Immigration Effects on Health Care for Older People
Developing a Global Perspective Commentary

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Peter Uhlenberg, PhD, is Professor of Sociology and Fellow of the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1971. His current research focuses on issues related to age segregation, intergenerational relationships, and population aging. In 2006 he received the Matilda White Riley Distinguished Career Award from the Aging and Life Course Section of the American Sociological Association.

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