Baby Boomers: Can My Eighties Be Like My Fifties?

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M. Joanna Mellor, DSW, Helen Rehr, DSW, D.Sc.(Hon)
Springer Publishing Company, May 17, 2005 - Medical - 208 pages
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Is the United States prepared for the Baby Boomers to grow old? This book seeks to answer these questions. It also suggests strategies to make sure that the answer to these questions becomes YES.

Much has been written about the Baby Boom generation but this is the first book to address current issues they face while simultaneously projecting ahead to challenges and benefits that are likely to characterize this next generation of older persons. It is based on keynote presentations by noted leaders in the field of aging, who discuss their expectations of their old age. Thus, it is both an introductory primer to aging today as well as a book that raises questions, suggests solutions, and indicates avenues of planning for the future.

The book takes a close look at the state of readiness of health and social service providers for the large numbers of older persons in society's future. A careful look is taken at what is and what might be in the areas of income security, health security and health care, long-term care, and housing and living arrangements. The importance of this book lies in the fact that it addresses the lack of planning by both the Baby Boomers and services providers, and identifies steps to be taken, with particular emphasis given to needed changes in the education of health and social service professionals to prepare them for what lies ahead.


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An Unsuspecting Future
Current Seniors Baby Boomers Minorities and Health Disparities
3 A Baby Boomers Perception of the Baby Boom Era
Social Security Work Pensions and Savings
Medicare Medicaid Health Insurance and Health Care Delivery
Who Will Care for Us?
7 EndofLifeCare
Leisure Volunteering and Work
9 Living Arrangements
Shaping Communities for Tomorrows Baby BoomersNaturally Occurring Retirement Communities NORCs
11 Health Care Professionals and Their Education
12 Community Collaboration and Advocacy
Conclusions and Recommendations

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M. Joanna Mellor, DSW, is Assistant Professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, New York. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Mellow was Vice President for Information Services at Lighthouse International, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Executive Director of the Hunter/Mount Sinai Geriatric Education Center. She has been an Adjunct Instructor at the Hunter School of Social Work since 1984. Dr. Mellor is author of several articles and editor/co-editor of five books, including "Special Aging Populations and Systems Linkages "and "Advancing Gerontological Social Work Education". She is co-editor of the "Journal of Gerontological Social Work" and a past president of the State Society of Aging of New York.

Helen Rehr, DSW, DSc (Hon), is currently Professor of Community Medicine Emerita and Consultant on social-health research, education, and program planning to Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Medical center. She is the retired Director, Department of Social Work Services, the Director of the academic Division of Social Work, and Director of the Division of Continuous Education of the Brookdale Center of Mount Sinai. She has been active internationally in Israel and Australia, where she has held visiting professorships. Dr. Rehr is the author, co-author, and editor of more than a hundred published studies, reports, articles, chapters, and books and the recipient of numerous honors, including Distinguished Social Work Practitioner for the National Academics of Practice, the Knee-Wittman Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Ida M. Cannon Award of the Society of Hospital Social Work Directors, the American Hospital Association, and has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of both Hunter and Columbia. Although retired from Mount Sinai in 1986, she remains active at the institution and in a number of professional and community organizations.

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