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Aging : demographics, health, and health services
Vierck, Elizabeth, 1945-
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2003]

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xviii, 323 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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"An Oryx book."
Aging in the Twentieth Century -- The meaning of aging -- Size and growth of the older population -- Life expectancy: three decades in 100 years -- Health status, use of health services, and attitudes toward health care providers -- Health risks and practices -- Nutrition -- Chronic conditions and common health problems -- Mental health and illness -- Prescription and over-the-counter drugs -- Long-term care: an overview -- Long-term care: home health care -- Long-term care: nursing home care -- Care at the end of life: hospice care -- Causes, places, and timing of death -- Paying for health care: health care spending, medicare, medicaid, and supplemental insurance.
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RA564.8 .V54 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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The graying of America is perhaps the most significant demographic event of recent times. Health care and nutrition have improved, and baby boomers reaching middle age and retirement will influence American society both now and in the years to come. Vierck and Hodges present vital statistics on aging Americans in a readable and interesting format, describing trends, offering insights, and providing a framework for understanding the data.

This book includes many previously unpublished data sources, and Vierck and Hodges offer analytical support to clarify the vast amount of information. Comprehensive analyses, for example, were conducted on newly available nursing home, home health care, and hospice care data, and an extensive interpretation of nutrition data by Kris Hodges provides new perspectives on the nutritional status of the elderly. The book, divided into 16 chapters on different aspects of aging and health, will be useful to gerontologists, geriatricians, health policy analysts, researchers, librarians and information specialists, marketing professionals, journalists, students, and others doing research on aging, health, and health services.

Author Notes

ELIZABETH VIERCK is an independent writer and information specialist in health and aging. She is a widely published author with ten books and numerous other publications to her credit.

KRIS HODGES is an independent market research professional.

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Joining the increasing number of publications on aging, this book provides access to many topics relating to aging and health, making the information easily visible in charts and tables. Topical areas include the meaning of aging, demographics, life expectancy, health status, nutrition, health care services, long-term care, and health care coverage and financing. Designed as a single definitive, comprehensive source of information about people aged 65 years and older, Aging uses sources such as government reports, private studies, and statistics never before published from the National Nursing Home Survey and the National Home and Hospice Care Survey. Data are current as of March 2002, making the book ideal for use by gerontologists, health policy analysts, and others doing research in the field. In one of the major accomplishments in the US in the 20th century, three decades have been added to life expectancy, making information on aging a high priority. This work is well documented with a selected bibliography, a list of useful Web sites, and a very comprehensive index. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All collections. J. M. Coggan formerly, University of Florida

Table of Contents

Introduction Aging in the 20th Century
The Meaning of Aging
Size and Growth of the Older
Life Expectancy in the 20th Century
Health Status, Use of Health Services, and Attitude towards
Health Care Providers
Health Risks and Practices
Nutrition and American Seniors Chronic
Conditions and Common Health
Problems Mental Health and Dementia
Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs
Long-term Care (LTC): An Overview Long-term Care: Home Health Care
Long-term Care: Nursing Home Care Care at the End of Life: Hospice Care Causes, Places and Timing of Death
Paying for Health Care: Health Care Spending, Medicare, Medicaid, and Supplemental Insurance
Appendix: World Records and Fascinating Facts
Selected Bibliography