The Oldest Old

The Oldest Old

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Those aged 85 and over are currently the fastest growing age group in the US population. This is so new a phenomenon that there is little in historical experience to help in interpreting it. Not only are the old living longer, but they are also growing older in markedly different ways from their predecessors. Since the burden of morbidity and the corresponding use of health services are exceedingly high for this age group, the potential demographic transition will have profund effects on health and social security systems. This study represents an analysis of the qualitative, as well as the quantitative, changes in our ageing society. Contributions from the diverse fields of population studies, biomedical sciences, health services research and public policy are combined to illluminate our understanding of ageing as a complex and dynamic process.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 455 pages
  • 157.48 x 233.68 x 38.1mm | 816.46g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • line illustrations, tables
  • 0195050606
  • 9780195050608

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION: Introducing the oldest old, R.M. Suzman, K.G. Manton and P. Willis: A demographic portrait, C.M. Taeuber and I. Rosenwaike : Cohort sucession, S.H. Preston : An international comparison: G.C. Myers, B.B. Torrey and K. Kinsella : PROBLEMS IN STUDYING THE OLDEST OLD: Conceptual issues in the design and analysis of national longitudinal surveys, K.G. Manton and R.M. Suzman : Collecting data: Problems and procedures, W.L Rodgers and A.R. Herzog : Interview surveys, R.B. Wallace, F.J. Kohout and P.L. Coulsher : Mortality and life expectancy changes, G. Manton : Causes of death among the oldest old, E.C. Hadley : THE DYNAMICS OF BECOMING THE OLDEST OLD: Disability and mortality: Implications for current and future health and long term service needs, K.G Manton and B.J. Soldo : Institutional long-term care from an international perspective, P.Doty : Epidemiology of physical and cognitive disability, J.C. Cornoni-Huntley et al: The impact of Alzheimer's disease on the United States population, D.A. Evans et al : A SOCIAL PROTRAIT OF THE OLDEST OLD: Living arrangements, M.G. Kovar and R.S. Stone: The black oldest old: Health, functioning and informal support, R.C. Gibson and J.S. Jackson : The robust oldest old: Optimistic perspectives for increasing healthy life expectancy, R.M. Suzman et al : Making it last; Ecomomic resources, G.L. Atkins : SOCIAL AND MEDICAL POLICY TOWARD THE OLDES OLD: Sharing increasing costs on declining income: The visible dilemma of the invisible aged, B.B. Torrey : Intergenerational equity, R.H. Binstock.show more