The Oldest Old

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Richard M. Suzman, David P. Willis, Kenneth G. Manton
Oxford University Press, 1995 - Family & Relationships - 456 pages
More than 2.3 million Americans are now age 85 and older, and the population total in this age group is steadily expanding. This book brings together leading researchers to review current knowledge about the demography, health, epidemiology and social status of the oldest old. From discussions of the impact of Alzheimer's disease to an examination of changing social and medical policies, this book provides much needed information about this often neglected but growing group.The special problems attendant to information gathering among the oldest old, such as interviews and research, are also addressed. Special intercultural perspectives inform chapters on "The Black Oldest Old", and "Institutional Long-term Care from an International Perspective". This is essential reading for gerontologists, public health professionals, epidemiologists, and policy makers. The book's broad scope enlarges our understanding of the current needs of the oldest old, and indicates areas of public concern.
 

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Contents

Introducing the oldest old
3
A demographic portrait of Americas oldest old
17
Cohort succession and the future of the oldest old
50
Conceptual issues in the design and analysis of longitudinal surveys
89
Observations on interview surveys of the oldest old
123
Problems and procedures
135
Mortality and life expectancy changes among the oldest old
157
Causes of death among the oldest old
183
The impact of Alzheimers disease in the United States population
283
The social environment of the very old
303
Health functioning and informal support
321
Optimistic perspectives
341
Economic resources of the oldest old
359
The visible dilemma
381
The oldest old and intergenerational equity
394
Author Index
419

Implications
199
The oldest old and the use of institutional longterm care
251
Epidemiology of disability in the oldest old
268

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About the author (1995)

Richard M. Suzman is at National Institute on Aging. David P. Willis is at Millbank Memorial Fund.

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