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Those aged 85 and more are currently the fastest growing age group in the US population. This is so new a phenomenon that there is little 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. This book represents the first thorough analysis of the qualitative, as well as the quantitative changes in our ageing society. This book is a comprehensive compendium of current knowledge and a methodologic guide to assessing future findings.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 456 pages
  • 149.9 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 521.64g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • line figures and tables
  • 0195097572
  • 9780195097573

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The book comprises 144 pages of facts and figures on the oldest old, covering almost every aspect of the subject. All you ever wanted to know about the oldest old, but were afraid to ask ... impressive discussions of largely national survey data ... its scope is impressive, it has undoubted expertise, and is likely to be required reding for anyone interested in this vital topic. * Mike Bury, University of London, Ageing and Society, Vol. 14, Part 1, March 1994 * a first-class work - well-organized, well-written, and well-researched ... In presenting the latest available data and analyses on the very old, particularly on their health status, the book has a solid raison d'etre ... I came away from Oldest Old with a heightened admiration for the technical virtuosity of Kenneth Manton as a medical demographer and for the provocative insightfulness of Robert Binstock as a public policy analyst. Binstock's paper is the most intellectually exciting piece in the book. * The Gerontologist, June 94, Vol. 34, No. 3 * Subject and author indices aid retrieval of specific information and documentation. Extensive graphs and tables are used ... The introduction succinctly presents the rationale for the development of the volume and offers an overview of the following sections and chapters ... extremely well-written ... the second section on problems in studying the oldest old is particularly needed ... The first three chapters of this set go beyond the usual generalizations of recommendations of gerontological research and deal specifically with the challenges of conducting research with the oldest old ... essential reading ... The review and recommendations on social and health policy are particularly timely ... an excellent resource for clinicians, researchers, and educators in all disciplines concerned with aging ... a valuable guide for policy-makers, health planners, and legislators, as well. * Jane M. Armer, University of Missouri-Columbia, Clinical Gerontologist * a well-edited, richly informative book ... The writing is plain, effective, and purposeful ... this is an excellent, interesting, informative, and intellectually responsible book. * John Kenneth Galbraith, Harvard University, The New England Journal of Medicine, Aug 1994 * distinguished and meticulous journal ... this is a well-edited, richly informative book ... The writing is plain, effective, and purposeful. The book comprises 444 pages of facts and figures on the oldest old, covering almost every aspect of the subject. All you ever wanted to know about the oldest old, but were afraid to ask ... its scope is impressive, it has undoubted expertise, and is likely to be required reading for anyone interested in this vital topic. * Mike Bury, University of London, Ageing and Society, Vol. 14, Part I, March 1994 * Oldest Old is a first-class work - well-organized, well-written, and well-researched. * The Gerontologist, Vol. 34, No. 3, 1994 * ...a valuable, picture of a group that will make increasing demands on health and social services in years to come. * Nursing Times * This is a stimulating, well written book packed with useful information. The authors provide a wealth of up-to-date data ... All those with an interest in the care of elderly people will be armed with a sound demographic basis from which to argue for appropriate resource allocation. * Stephen Fowlie, Age and Ageing * The book could be very useful for those needing actuarial information about the oldest old. ... it is a convenient source of data about an increasingly important age group * D Corless, British Medical Journal *show more

Table of contents

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