Changes, Challenges, and Solutions [2 volumes]
by Madonna Harrington Meyer and Elizabeth A. Daniele, Editors
April 2016, 671pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
2 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3426-4
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By 2030, there will be 70 million Americans age 65 and older, comprising 20% of the U.S. population.

Written by established and emerging leaders in a broad array of disciplines, this two-volume set provides undergraduate and graduate students, scholars, professionals, and policymakers with an overview of the field of aging that examines the social landscape as well as key changes, challenges, and solutions.

The people who make up the rapidly growing population of Americans over age 65 are changing, and as a result, our nation will change. This shift presents new issues, controversies, and challenges that affect health, wellness, welfare, retirement, politics, and economics. This two-volume work examines where we are and where we are headed, paying careful attention to the differential impacts of gender, race, class, marital status, and other social variables. It considers key changes in demographics, old-age policies, families, work, and death and dying.

Volume one covers an array of demographic issues, policies, and politics, highlighting how factors such as gender and race shape families, income, retirement, immigrants, and veterans across the life course. The second volume covers education, religion, volunteering, exercise, nutrition, and health care policies across the life course. Topics addressed include the old-age welfare state, the extension of retirement age, home care, care work, nursing home care, end of life planning, and euthanasia.


  • Provides an up-to-date, multidisciplinary, and forward-thinking look at the key areas and issues in gerontology
  • Highlights links between topics and relevant demographic, social, economic, and health trends with implications for immediate and long-range work in aging
  • Includes contributions from experts in the fields of sociology, psychology, medicine, education, politics, and government
  • Identifies the key changes, challenges, and solutions in each subfield
  • Includes an appendix containing lists of descriptions and contact information for aging organizations as well as an annotated list of documentaries about aging
Madonna Harrington Meyer, PhD, is professor and chair of sociology at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. She is also faculty associate of the Aging Studies Institute and senior research affiliate at the Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University. She is author of Grandmothers at Work: Juggling Families and Jobs; coauthor with Pamela Herd of Market Friendly or Family Friendly? The State and Gender Inequality in Old Age; and editor of Care Work: Gender, Labor, and the Welfare State.

Elizabeth A. Daniele, MS, is a doctoral student and fellow in sociology at Syracuse University. She is coeditor of Student Involvement and Academic Outcomes: Implications for Diverse Student Populations. She has coauthored a chapter on diversity in graduate school admissions in the United States with Donald Mitchell Jr. in International Perspectives on Higher Education Admission Policy: A Reader.


"This title makes a meaningful contribution to the humanitarian future and compassionate care of senior citizens. . . . This contribution is essential for twenty-first century trends in psychology, social work, nursing, physical therapy, business, and sociology, etc. High schools, community colleges, and universities will value this set as an essential addition to their library reference shelves. Healthcare professionals, organizations, and public libraries will also benefit from purchasing this timely publication as a reference book."—ARBA, March 13, 2017
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