Retirement and the Hidden Epidemic: The Complex Link Between Aging, Work Disengagement, and…

Hardcover | May 13, 2014

byPeter A. Bamberger, Samuel B. Bacharach

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Evidence from both local and national surveys suggests that substance misuse and abuse among older adults in the United States is a "hidden epidemic" that poses a major threat to the welfare and quality of life of older drinkers and their families, and has significant public healthimplications. Based on their findings from a 10-year, NIH-funded study of retirement, aging, and substance misuse, Peter Bamberger and Samuel Bacharach examine the complex web of factors contributing to the precipitation and exacerbation of substance problems among older adults. They discuss theindividual and public health implications of such problems, as well as some of the evidence-based steps that may be taken to prevent their emergence and help those in need of assistance for policy-makers and health practitioners. This book provides a single-source review of the latest research assessing the magnitude and costs of older-adult substance abuse, as well as detailed analysis of the epidemiology of older-adult substance abuse. The authors provide an analysis of the efficacy of alternative prevention and treatmentstrategies, and present scientific evidence in a user-friendly format, highlighting extensive interview data to accompany their statistical results. The illustrations offered by these real life cases not only provide a sense of richness and understanding to a complex issue, but also offer a fittingreminder to the reader that this is an issue affecting people we know and families like our own.

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Evidence from both local and national surveys suggests that substance misuse and abuse among older adults in the United States is a "hidden epidemic" that poses a major threat to the welfare and quality of life of older drinkers and their families, and has significant public healthimplications. Based on their findings from a 10-year, N...

Peter A. Bamberger is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration, Tel Aviv University, and Senior Research Scholar at Cornell University's ILR School. In addition to publishing four books on human resource strategy, industrial relations and employee well-being, Bamberger has publish...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:May 13, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Retirement and Alcohol: The Magnitude of the Problem2. Theoretical Background3. Empirical Evidence for the Retirement-Drinking Relationship4. How Conditions and Relationships at Work Influence Drinking in Retirement5. How Conditions and Relationships in Retirement Influence Drinking in Retirement6. Retirement and Drug Abuse/Misuse7. Helping the Troubled Retiree8. Conclusion and Directions for Future ResearchAppendixReferences