- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (January 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 055334806X
- ISBN-13: 978-0553348064
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Age Wave: How The Most Important Trend Of Our Time Will Change Your Future
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Dychtwald, 38, a psychologist and gerontologist, has spent the past 15 years researching and speaking about the abilities and strengths of the elderly. With freelance writer Flowers, he focuses here on the aging of the baby boom generation, predicting an "age wave" that will change society and challenge its gerontophobic myths because of the quality of life the boomers have come to expect. Many troubling statistics about aging reappearthe rising numbers of the frailest 85-plus group, the preponderance of single (usually widowed) women, the lower ratio of children to parentsbut the book's interest lies in its creative proposals: volunteer service credits that can be drawn on in later life, "matrix families" made up of adult peers living together, corporate "parent care" benefits, even lifestyle experiments such as man-sharing. 150,000 first printing, $100,000 ad/promo; first serial to Family Circle; BOMC, QPBC and Fortune Book Club alternates.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
YA As the trend toward the aging of America continues, books on this topic will be in greater demand. This particular book gives current data on such topics as the rise in the average life expectancy, annual birth rate, and changing behavioral patterns. In addition, considerable space is spent on looking at trends in leisure, life styles, work, personal relationships, family, and the market place. Rather than dwelling on such statistics as frequency of abuse in nursing homes, Dychtwald looks at the changing ratio of grandparents to grandchildren and the increase in college attendance by people over 65. He profiles what may be major changes in retirement living and the design and look of America when we become a nation of elder boomers. Today's students may find particularly relevent the section about the shift in responsibility and focus that they will be required to make when their parents and grandparents turn to them for financial support and care giving. The lack of an index restricts the book's use for research on specific areas, but it does include many names of people and organizations within the text which could lead to further research. Carolyn Praytor Boyd, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Tex.
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Briefly. He points to the fact that people are living longer than they ever have, that the baby-boomer generation is moving into its senior years, that this new generation of elderly people has a power and wealth that no other such generation has had, that with the birth- death there is a dramatically shifting proportion of the elderly in the general population, that this major demographic change is going to effect all aspects of our lives, including family and work. And that it is necessary to take action to prepare for the changes, and make better lives possible.
Dychtwald is an interesting writer, and he certainly is on to a major social trend. I myself however believe he is a bit optimistic about the whole thing. I think our world will be much sadder if it has very few children in it. I think it will be much sadder if it has predominantly elderly people in it, however successful they all are at looking 'younger' than their biological years.
I believe Mankind will make a major mistake if it allows the Elderly to overwhelm the younger generations.
I also have quite a bit of skepticism in regarding to the whole ' cyclic ' life business. I suspect some of us do not want to have 'three or four families' but rather that the one we have is enough. I suspect too it is very optimistic to talk about going back and learning, and making new careers. How many eighty years old are going to do Mathematics?
Youth has powers which are unique and tragically passing. They cannot be replaced simply by adding years on our lives.
I will conclude with one small anecdote relating to my own grandmother, my Bubbe Zeibert of blessed memory. She was a very kind and wise women. When she became so ill that she could no longer be cared for at home my mother reluctantly had to have her admitted to an Old Age home . Once when we were visiting my mother asked her how the place is. She answered," Good, good. But only one problem. There are so many old people here"
I am afraid if the vision outlined here comes true many of us are going to feel the same way.