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Aging in America A to Z
Bettelheim, Adriel.
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Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, [2001]

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xv, 280 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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America's rapidly expanding population of older citizens is becoming the dominant political and policy issue of the new century. Thorny issues are driving decisions made in Washington, D.C. and state capitols, in corporations, and around the family dining table, such as: The future of Social Security The cost of Medicare and drugs Eldercare Retirement and pensions Aging in America A to Z is an encyclopedic roadmap to the challenging questions and potential answers facing today's seniors and their children. Important to both seniors and younger Americans who must care directly for parents or share indirectly in the economic and social costs of an aging population, Aging in America A to Z is a fundamental resource for all academic, public, and high school libraries.

Author Notes

Adriel Bettelheim is a reporter for Congressional Quarterly's CQ Weekly magazine, covering telecommunications, science, and technology. He has been a reporter for the Denver Post and the Syracuse Herald-Journal. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a bachelor's degree in chemistry He lives in Rockville, Maryland.

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As the US population ages, interest in issues of aging gains force, particularly among those in the baby-boom generation. Aging in America A to Z combines practical problems with policy issues in its encyclopedic format. Discussing topics ranging from Social Security and eldercare to Medicare and Medicaid, Bettelheim provides thoughtful analysis of current attitudes on what it means to age in the US. With over 250 entries alphabetically arranged, this work includes profiles of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and congressional committees responsible for making aging policy. Analyses of current policy proposals that will affect future aging policy offer a view of government's approach to the issues. Publications of interest to the aging and geriatric population continue to increase, but this volume makes a significant contribution. Used with Aging, ed. by Pamela Roberts (2v., CH, Feb'01), this work gives a solid foundation for older Americans' concerns. Highly recommended for consumer health collections, medical, and health science libraries. J. M. Coggan formerly, University of Florida

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
AARPp. 1
Accelerated death benefitp. 2
Activities of daily livingp. 3
Administration on Agingp. 4
Adult day carep. 4
Advance directivep. 5
Age discriminationp. 6
Ageismp. 7
"Aging in place"p. 8
Alcohol abusep. 9
Alliance for Aging Researchp. 9
Alternative health carep. 10
Alzheimer's Associationp. 10
Alzheimer's diseasep. 10
American Medical Associationp. 14
American Society on Agingp. 15
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990p. 15
Annuityp. 16
Antioxidantsp. 17
Arthritisp. 18
Asset dumpingp. 20
Assisted livingp. 21
Australian private pension plansp. 22
Average Indexed Monthly Earnings (AIME)p. 22
Baby boomersp. 23
Balanced Budget Act of 1997p. 25
Ball, Robertp. 26
Benefitsp. 27
Bipartisan Medicare reformp. 27
Bismarck, Otto vonp. 29
Bureau of Labor Statisticsp. 29
Butler, Robert N.p. 30
Buy-in (Medicare)p. 30
Cancerp. 32
Caregiverp. 34
Carter, Jimmyp. 36
Cash-balance pensionp. 36
Censusp. 37
Certificationp. 38
Chilean pension systemp. 39
Cohen, Wilbur J.p. 40
Commissioner of Internal Revenue v. Schleierp. 41
Community-based servicesp. 41
Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA)p. 42
Concord Coalitionp. 42
Congregate housingp. 43
Congressional Budget Office (CBO)p. 43
Consumer Price Index (CPI)p. 44
Contingent workp. 45
Continuing care retirement community (CCRC)p. 45
Cost-of-living adjustment (COLA)p. 46
Crimep. 46
Decision-making capacityp. 50
Deductiblep. 50
Defined-contribution planp. 51
Delayed retirement creditp. 51
Dementiap. 52
Demographicsp. 52
Demonstration programp. 53
Depressionp. 54
Diabetesp. 55
"Do not" orderp. 56
Dual eligiblesp. 57
Early retirementp. 58
Earnings limit (Social Security)p. 59
Echo boomersp. 60
Eden Alternativep. 60
Elder abusep. 61
Elder Cottage Housing Opportunityp. 62
Elderhostelp. 62
Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI)p. 63
Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)p. 64
Energy assistancep. 65
Entitlement fraudp. 66
Entitlement programsp. 68
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)p. 68
Estate planningp. 68
Estrogenp. 69
Exclusion of gainp. 70
Family and Medical Leave Actp. 71
Federal Council on the Agingp. 72
Federal employee retirementp. 72
Federal Insurance Contribution Act of 1937 (FICA)p. 73
Flemming v. Nestorp. 74
Formularyp. 75
401 (k) planp. 75
403 (b) planp. 77
Free radicalp. 77
Fuller, Ida Maep. 78
Functional impairmentp. 78
Funeral arrangementsp. 79
Gay and lesbian issuesp. 81
Generation Xp. 82
Geriatric-care managerp. 83
Geriatricsp. 83
Geroergonomicsp. 85
Gerontological Society of Americap. 86
Grandparents' rightsp. 86
Gray Panthersp. 87
Great Britain pension systemp. 88
Greenspan Commissionp. 88
Guardianshipp. 89
Health and Human Services Department (HHS)p. 91
Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA)p. 92
Hearing lossp. 93
Heart diseasep. 94
Helvering v. Davisp. 95
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundationp. 96
Heritage Foundationp. 96
Home health benefits (Medicare)p. 96
Home health carep. 98
Hospicep. 99
Hospital Insurance (HI)p. 99
House Appropriations Committeep. 100
House Commerce Committeep. 101
House Education and Workforce Committeep. 102
House Ways and Means Committeep. 102
Housing programsp. 103
Immigrationp. 105
Impotencep. 106
Indemnity policyp. 107
Independent livingp. 107
Individual Retirement Account (IRA)p. 108
Intergenerational warfarep. 109
Intermediate-care facilityp. 110
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)p. 110
Job Training Partnership Act; Workforce Investment Actp. 112
Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizationsp. 112
Keoghp. 113
Labor Departmentp. 114
Lead or Leavep. 114
Leadership Council of Aging Organizationsp. 115
Legal servicesp. 115
Life expectancyp. 116
Life spanp. 118
Living willp. 119
"Lockbox"p. 120
Longitudinal studiesp. 121
Long-term carep. 121
Lump-sum buyoutsp. 123
Meals on Wheelsp. 125
Means testingp. 126
Media and agingp. 126
Medicaidp. 127
Medical power of attorneyp. 130
Medical savings accountp. 130
Medicarep. 131
Medicare + Choicep. 136
Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988p. 138
Medicare givebacksp. 139
Medicare Payment Advisory Commissionp. 140
Medigap Insurancep. 140
Melatoninp. 141
Menopausep. 142
Mills, Wilburp. 143
Modern Maturityp. 144
Multi-infarct dementiap. 145
National Advisory Council on Agingp. 146
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicarep. 146
National Council of Senior Citizensp. 147
National Council on the Agingp. 148
National Institute on Agingp. 148
National Institutes of Health (NIH)p. 149
National savingsp. 151
National Senior Citizens Law Centerp. 152
National Senior Service Corpsp. 153
Nonforfeiture benefitp. 154
Normal retirement agep. 154
Nurse practitionerp. 156
Nursing homep. 156
Off budgetp. 159
Old-Age and Survivors Insurancep. 159
Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance trust fundsp. 160
Older Americans Actp. 162
Older Workers Benefit Protection Actp. 163
Oldest Oldp. 164
Omnibus budget reconciliation billsp. 165
Osteoarthritisp. 167
Osteoporosisp. 168
Outcomes researchp. 169
Outpatient servicesp. 170
Paratransitp. 171
Parkinson's diseasep. 172
Partial reservep. 173
Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990p. 174
Pay-as-you-go systemp. 174
Pension and Welfare Benefits Administrationp. 175
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporationp. 175
Pepper, Claudep. 176
Pepper Commissionp. 177
Peterson, Peter G.p. 178
Pharmacy benefit managerp. 179
Poverty thresholdsp. 179
Premium supportp. 180
Prescription drug benefit (Medicare)p. 181
Private pensionsp. 183
Privatizationp. 184
Probatep. 186
Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)p. 186
Prospective payment system (PPS)p. 187
Prostatep. 188
Psychiatric servicesp. 190
Qualified Medicare beneficiaryp. 191
Quality assurancep. 191
Railroad retirement programp. 193
Randp. 194
Rationing of health carep. 194
Reagan, Ronaldp. 196
Recognition bondp. 197
Registered nursep. 197
Rehabilitationp. 197
Respite carep. 199
Retirement Equity Act of 1984p. 199
Reverse mortgagep. 200
Robert Wood Johnson Foundationp. 201
Roosevelt, Franklin D.p. 202
Roth IRAp. 203
"Sandwich generation"p. 205
Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE)p. 205
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderlyp. 206
Senate Appropriations Committeep. 207
Senate Finance Committeep. 208
Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committeep. 208
Senate Special Committee on Agingp. 209
Senior votersp. 210
SEP-IRAp. 212
Skilled nursing facilityp. 212
Social Securityp. 213
Social Security Act of 1935p. 218
Social Security Administration (SSA)p. 220
Social Security and working womenp. 221
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)p. 222
Social Security "notch"p. 224
Social Services Block Grantp. 225
Spousal impoverishmentp. 225
Strokep. 227
Suicidep. 228
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)p. 230
Supplementary Medical Insurancep. 231
Swing bedp. 232
Taup. 233
Tax credit for the elderly and certain disabled individualsp. 233
Taxation and the elderlyp. 234
Telomerep. 236
Therapy capp. 237
Think tanksp. 238
"Third age"p. 240
Third Millenniump. 241
"Ticket to work" and the Work Incentives Improvement Actp. 242
Tobacco settlementp. 243
Townsend, Francis E.p. 244
Transition costsp. 245
Trust fundsp. 246
Trustsp. 248
2030 Centerp. 249
209(b) statesp. 249
Underinsuredp. 250
Uniform Health-Care Decisions Actp. 251
United Nations Year of Older Personsp. 251
Universal coveragep. 253
Unnecessary treatmentp. 253
Veterans' benefitsp. 255
Viagrap. 257
Viatical agreementp. 258
Vision lossp. 259
Vitamins and supplementsp. 260
Wage base (maximum taxable wage)p. 262
Waiver of premiump. 262
Webb, Delp. 263
Western Airlines v. Criswellp. 264
White House Conference on Agingp. 265
Windfall reductionp. 265
Worker-beneficiary ratiop. 266
Indexp. 269