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Beyond the graying of America: Who cares? (University research lecture) Hardcover – 1992
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Want to live forever? Tough! It's impossible (unless you have some mad scientist friends, of course). If you're really worried about it, take a peek at SDSU Press' Beyond the Graying of America: Who Cares? This publication is a chronicle of SDSU's Albert W. Johnson University Research Lecture Series in which Dr. Stanford presents and explains two major ideas that have changed the study of gerontology is America: the cultural equity and ethics of aging in the population and the significant role aging Americans have in our society.
Stanford shows how growing old is, indeed, a “serious social, economic, and sometimes political issue,” for he estimates that by 2030, that the 85+ age bracket will represent one in every eleven older persons (26). This, of course, is diversified b the many ethnic groups that make up the United States. Within these diverse groups, however, are four similar concerns: “1. the lack of adequate income; 2. health; 3. high energy costs; 4. housing, 5. transportation; and 6. social support systems” (27). Stanford continues by stating that with these worries are predominantly popular within immigrant populations, and that these immigrants will create a change within the profile of San Diego’s aged population and the overall population of the city. He believes that the Baby Boomers are also contributing to this; “as the median age of the population increases, life expectancies, falling fertility rates, substantial in-migration of employment in aging persons, and a large number of retirement-related migrants add to the reasons the median age is apt to rise beyond the age of 30” (28). Life styles and government programs must change to meet this demographic evolution.Hardcover
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