Aging in America
[3 volumes]
by John C. Cavanaugh and Christine K. Cavanaugh, Editors
December 2009, 867pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
3 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-35093-1
$171, £132, 149€, A235
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The demographic tidal wave is almost here. Twenty percent of all Americans, or about 70 million people, will have passed their 65th birthday by 2030. These older adults will face unique challenges. The average 75-year-old, for example, has three chronic conditions and uses five prescription drugs. It is not enough to be aware of the demographic imperative—we must prepare for it.

This three-volume set provides insightful and understandable summaries of the state-of-the-art studies of aging—the most important social demographic issue facing America today.

Aging in America will help us plan for the future and meet the needs of what has already become an 11-fold increase in the number of U.S. residents 65 or older. Organized around three broad themes related to aging—psychological issues, mental and physical health, and social issues—with a volume devoted to each, this unique set rallies respected scholars from across disciplines to discuss a phenomenon that will profoundly affect each of us individually and our society as a whole.

The volumes cover a wide range of topics, including neuroscience, memory, end-of-life choices, health, care-giving, medication adherence, the benefits of exercise, personal relationships, elder abuse, and other vital issues. The gains of longevity are explored, as are the agonies of loss as we age. As a society, we need to assure that older adults not only survive but thrive. This set helps point the way.


  • Each chapter contains a full reference section
  • 28 charts and tables convey demographic data
John C. Cavanaugh, PhD, is chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Dr. Cavanaugh is widely published in gerontology and is the coauthor of the Adult Development and Aging and Human Development texts.

Christine K. Cavanaugh, EdD, SPHR, is director of training and professional development for the division of development and alumni relations at The George Washington University, Washington, DC. She has written extensively on topics in higher education.


"Chapters are well written in sophisticated language that requires basic knowledge of the concepts under consideration. Because of this, the volumes are most appropriate for advanced undergraduates or graduate students. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above."—Choice, July 1, 2010

"The three-volume set Aging in America offers a wealth of information for novice students and experienced professionals alike. The books are well suited for use in graduate courses in gerontology, social work, and psychology. All three books are accessible and easy to navigate and read. . . . I know that Cavanaugh and Cavanaugh had to make some tough decisions on what to include and exclude. I commend them for the volumes they put together; they are excellent and would be a fine set to include in your personal library."—PsycCRITIQUES, July 13, 2011
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