The Aging: A Guide to Public Policy

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University of Pittsburgh Press, Jan 15, 1985 - Social Science - 296 pages
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This book provides a comprehensive analysis of federal programs for the aging, and their origins. Landmark federal legislation affecting the aging was enacted in the 1930s, and the intervening decades have witnesses a dramatic increase in the number and scope of programs. But far from constituting a cohesive national policy for the elderly, the many programs reflect the particular political and social conditions surrounding their origin and implementation. The multiplicity and complexity of resources and services available make achieving even a reasonable grasp of this field extremely difficult. This study offers a coherent and readable summary of this important area of federal legislation.

  

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Contents

I The Policies of Aging
3
II the Aging Network
25
III General Financial and Retirement Program
54
IV Other Selected Financial and Retirement Programs
85
V Major Medical Programs
131
VI Two Ausillary Programs
156
VII Government and the Older Worker
178
VIII The Aging Veteran
193
IX Public Policy and the Aging Summarized
206
A Profile of the Aged and the Aging
239
Notes
245
Index
269
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About the author (1985)

Bennett M. Rich was president emeritus of Waynesburg College.

Martha Baum was professor of social work at the University of Pittsburgh.

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