The Oldest Old

Paperback | January 1, 1995

EditorRichard M. Suzman, David P. Willis, Kenneth G. Manton

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More than 2.3 million Americans are now age 85 and older, and the population total in this age group is steadily expanding. This book brings together leading researchers to review current knowledge about the demography, health, epidemiology and social status of the oldest old. From discussions of the impact of Alzheimer's disease to an examination of changing social and medical policies, this book provides much needed information about this often neglected but growing group.The special problems attendant to information gathering among the oldest old, such as interviews and research, are also addressed. Special intercultural perspectives inform chapters on "The Black Oldest Old", and "Institutional Long-term Care from an International Perspective". This is essential reading for gerontologists, public health professionals, epidemiologists, and policy makers. The book's broad scope enlarges our understanding of the current needs of the oldest old, and indicates areas of public concern.

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More than 2.3 million Americans are now age 85 and older, and the population total in this age group is steadily expanding. This book brings together leading researchers to review current knowledge about the demography, health, epidemiology and social status of the oldest old. From discussions of the impact of Alzheimer's disease to a...

Richard M. Suzman is at National Institute on Aging. David P. Willis is at Millbank Memorial Fund.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 9.25 × 6.18 × 1.26 inPublished:January 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

PART I: Introduction 1. R.M. Suzman, K.G. Manton and D.P. Willis: Introducing the Oldest Old 2. C.M. Taeuber and I. Rosenwaike: A Demographic Portrait 3. S.H. Preston: Cohort Succession 4. G.C. Myers, B.B. Torrey and K. Kinsella: An International Comparison PART II: Problems in Studying the Oldest Old 5. K.G. Manton and R.M. Suzman: Conceptual Issues in the Design and Analysis of National Longitudinal Surveys 6. W.L. Rodgers and A.R. Herzog: Collecting Data: Problems and Procedures 7. R.B. Wallace, F.J. Kohout and P.L. Coulsher: Interview Surveys 8. K.G. Manton: Mortality and Life Expectancy Changes 9. E.C. Hadley: Causes of Death Among the Oldest Old PART III: The Dynamics of Becoming the Oldest Old 10. K.G. Manton and B.J. Soldo: Disability and Mortality: Implications for Current and Future Health and Long-term Care Service Needs 11. P. Doty: Institutional Long-term Care from an International Perspective 12. J.C. Cornoni-Huntley, et al.: Epidemiology of Physical and Cognitive Disability 13. 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 14. M.G. Kovar and R.S. Stone: Living Arrangements 15. R.C. Gibson and J.S. Jackson: The Black Oldest Old: Health, Functioning and Informal Support 16. R.M. Suzman, et al.: The Robust Oldest Old: Optimistic Perspectives for Increasing Healthy Life Expectancy 17. G.L. Atkins: Making It Last: Economic Resources PART V: Social and Medical Policy Toward the Oldest Old 18. B.B. Torrey: Sharing Increasing Costs on Declining Income: The Visible Dilemma of the Invisible Aged 19. R.H. Binstock: Intergenerational Equity

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"Includes very thorough and thoughtful discussions about conceptual, design and procedural problems with regard to current research on the oldest old....Provides an excellent demographic baseline on this most rapidly growing segment of our population. The authors masterfully extract information from limited sources, and provide thoughtful discussions on ways of improving the quality of data, and the social policy implications of such research....This book is one that every gerontologcial scholar and policy maker should have available as a reference. It will be particularly valuable to those who plan to conduct research on this age group, given the many suggestions provided for enhancing research quality." --Priscilla J. Kimboko, PhD, University of Northern Colorado, Journal of Women and Aging