Controversial Issues in Aging

ISBN-10: 0205193811

ISBN-13: 9780205193813

Edition: 1st 1997

Authors: Andrew E. Scharlach, Lenard W. Kaye

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Part of the Controversial Issues series, this text presents a series of clear and lively debates on current issues in gerontology, authored by leading academic authorities in the field. The text presents a broad overview of issues and questions facing the field, including areas of policy/programs, health, social services, professional and family life, and more. The debates are current and very readable; the text is user-friendly, and was designed to stimulate student discussion, debate, as well as critical thinking. The text is a must for students considering careers in the field of gerontology. The non-technical, brief and lively format of the debates makes them accessible to all students. Issues covered include whether or not to legalize suicide; whether to reduce Social Security benefits; whether to institute means-testing for Medicare; whether affirmative action programs should be instituted for older persons; and the potential dismantling of the aging services network.
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List price: $116.00
Edition: 1st
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/25/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Abraham Monk is Brookdale Professor of Gerontology at the Columbia University School of Social Work and Director of the Brookdale Institute on Aging and Adult Human Development.Lenard W. Kaye is a Research Scientist at the Columbia University School of Social Work and Associate Director of the Brookdale Institute.Howard Litwin is a Lecturer at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Policy and Program Issues
Should Social Security Benefits be Reduced for High Income Individuals? YES. NO
Should Eligibility for Medicare be Means-Tested? YES. NO
Should the Aging Network be Dismantled? YES. NO
Should There be an Affirmative Action Policy for Hiring Older Persons? YES. NO
Are Private Sector Solutions to Long Term Care Financing Preferable to Expansion of Public Long-Term Care Programs? YES. NO
Should Age be Abandoned as a Basis for Program and Service Eligibility? YES. NO
Age-Based Politics
Are the Elderly Benefiting at the Expense of Younger Americans? YES. NO
Do the Elderly Really have Political Clout? YES. NO
Health and Quality-Of-Life Issues
Should Older Persons have the Right to Commit Suicide? YES. NO
Should Health Care be Rationed by Age? YES. NO
Is Managed Care Good for Older Persons? YES. NO
Is Aging More Problematic for Women than Men? YES. NO
Family Issues
Does the Provision of Formal Services Lead to Families Relinquishing their Caregiving for Relatives? YES. NO
Should Family Members be Paid to Provide Care to Elderly Persons? YES. NO
Should Older Persons be Able to Give Assets to Family Members Without Affecting Medicaid Eligibility? YES. NO
Should Grandparents Assume Full Parental Responsibility? YES. NO
The Field of Gerontology
Is Gerontology Biased Toward a Negative View of the Aging Process and Old Age? YES. NO
Should Gerontology be Considered a Separate Profession? YES. NO
Aging in the Future
Will Future Elderly Persons Experience More Years of Disability? YES. NO
Will Tomorrow's Elderly be Better Off? YES. NO
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