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Beyond Sixty-Five : The Dilemma of Old Age in America's Past - Carole Haber

Beyond Sixty-Five

The Dilemma of Old Age in America's Past

Paperback Published: 29th July 1985
ISBN: 9780521315074
Number Of Pages: 192

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This book investigates the changing roles and perceptions of old age in nineteenth-century America. It shows how the economic and social transformation of the nation affected the condition of the aged, as it altered beliefs about their abilities and needs. Focusing on the ideas of doctors, charity workers, and social planners, it traces the process by which their view of senescence was incorporated into geriatric medicine, the development of the nation"s first old-age homes and mandatory retirement plans. With the adoption of these programmes, old age came to be seen as a widespread social problem. By the early twentieth century, it had become characterized as a time of dependence and disease - an attitude which continues to influence the way that modern Americans perceive and treat the elderly.

Classifying Society's Superannuated
Aging in Colonial America
Social Realities and Perceptions of Old Age in the Nineteenth Century
Medical Models of Growing Old
Treating the Postclimacteric Stage
Institutionalizing the Elderly
The Pension Barrier
Old Age in a Bureaucratic Society
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ISBN: 9780521315074
ISBN-10: 0521315077
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 29th July 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.29