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The Legacy of Longevity
Health and Health Care in Later Life

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October 1990 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Published in Association with Midwest Council for Social Research on Aging

Published in Cooperation with the Midwest Council for Social Research on Aging Improved standards of living coupled with advancements in medical technology have enhanced much of the populations' opportunities for living long and productive lives. But what are the implications for living longer? Is living longer necessarily the best thing for the individual? And, what about the quality of that life? In this insightful volume, leading figures in social gerontology present state-of-the-art research on health and longevity. They discuss such consequential topics as health promotion and disease prevention, supply and demand for social and medical services, governmental and community response to needs, and effects of gender and ethnicity on health and life circumstances. In addition, they provide a sound basis for understanding the theoretical questions and empirical findings of a growing and multifaceted field. The Legacy of Longevity is an excellent resource for anyone wishing to understand the health and social implications of an aging population. Administrators and policymakers will find its practical information useful in planning and implementing programs to improve the health and social well-being of older persons. "Address[es] a variety of topics pertinent to the health care of older adults including conceptualizing and measuring health; social factors associated with becoming sick; use of health-care services; organization and financing of health-care services; and the interaction of the system with the individual. . . . Recommended for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students." --Choice "This book provides intelligent discussion of the important issues in health care and health policy for elderly people today. The authors' expertise in setting out their arguments clearly is obvious and the outcome is an inspired presentation of what could appear to be a dull topic. It should become a key text for the specialist readers." --Journal of Advanced Nursing "Purely as a work of reference, the book is very useful. But it is more than that. . . . There is no shortage of fresh insights or of controversial positions; the authors on the whole, do not get bogged down in the minutiae of their findings or the findings of others but set them in context and discuss them with concern and enthusiasm. . . . The editor is to be congratulated on the way in which he has assembled and balanced the various contributions, successfully weathering the perils of overlap and repetition." --Ageing in Society "The Legacy of Longevity is a multiauthor collaborative effort, full of information bound to be of interest to serious students, educators, and practitioners in the fields of aging. It provides a comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art research on health and longevity as these relate to social issues." --Pride Institute of Long Term Home Health Care

Judith A Levy
Foreword
Sidney M Stahl
Introduction
The Legacy of Aging  
 
SECTION ONE
CONCEPTUALIZING AND MEASURING THE HEALTH OF OLDER PERSONS  
Sidney M Stahl and Jacquelyn Rupp Feller
Old Equals Sick
An Ontogenetic Fallacy  
Jersey Liang and Nancy A Whitelaw
Assessing the Physical and Mental Health of the Elderly
Lois M Verbrugge
The Iceberg of Disability
 
SECTION TWO
SOCIAL FACTORS IN WHO GETS SICK  
Charles F Longino Jr
The Relative Contributions of Gender, Social Class and Advancing Age to Health
Jeffrey Michael Clair
Old Age Health Problems and Long-Term Care Policy Issues
Marjorie Chary Feinson
The Distribution of Distress by Age and Gender
Examining Data from Community Surveys  
Kenneth G Manton and Eric Stallard
Changes in Health Functioning and Mortality
 
SECTION THREE
THE USE OF SERVICES  
Michael A Counte and Gerald L Glandon
Health Beliefs, Attitudes and Behavior of Older Persons
An Analysis of Advances in Research and Future Directions  
Karl D Kosloski, Rhonda J V Montgomery and Edgar F Borgatta
Predicting Nursing Home Utilization
Is This The Best We Can Do?  
William J McAuley, Shirley S Travis and Marcia Safewright
The Relationship Between Formal and Informal Health Care Services for the Elderly
Debra David
Autonomy in Health Care for Elders
 
SECTION FOUR
THE ORGANIZATION AND FINANCING OF HEALTH CARE SERVICES  
Kenneth F Ferraro and Thomas T H Wan
Health Needs and Services for Older Adults
Evaluating Polices for an Aging Society  
Madonna Harrington Meyer and Jill Quadagno
The Dilemma of Poverty Based Long-Term Care
 
SECTION FIVE
THE INTERACTION OF SYSTEM WITH INDIVIDUAL  
Russell A Ward
Health Care Provider Choice and Satisfaction
Mary Ann Cook, Rodney M Coe and Kristin Hanson
Physician-Elderly Patient Communication
Processes and Outcomes of Medical Encounters  
J Jill Suitor and Karl Pillemer
Transition to the Status of Family Caregiver
A New Framework for Studying Social Support and Well-Being  
Michael Glasser, Susan Rubin and Mary Dickover
The Caregiver Role
Review of Family Caregiver-Physician Relations and Dementing Disorders  

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