This assembly of debates addresses 20 controversial issues that arise from the changing context of aging in the United States. Each debate includes position statements for and against the given proposition, and rebuttals to those position statements. The book is divided into six sections: policy and program issues, age-based politics, health and quality of life issues, family issues, the field of gerontology, and aging in the future. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Part of the Controversial Issues series, this book presents a series of clear and lively debates on current issues in gerontology, authored by leading academic authorities in the field. The book presents a broad overview of issues and questions facing the field, including areas of policy/programs, health, social services, professional and family life, and more. The debates are current and very readable. Issues covered include whether or not to legalize suicide; whether to reduce Social Security benefits; whether to institute means-testing for Medicare; whether affirmative action programs should be instituted for older persons; and the potential dismantling of the aging services network. Professionals working with the elderly.
PrefacexiAbout the EditorsixContents of This BookxiiiI Policy and Program IssuesShould Social Security Benefits Be Reduced for High-Income Individuals?1(12)Martha H. PhillipsTeresa GhilarducciShould Eligibility for Medicare Be Means-Tested?13(9)William A. NiskanenMarilyn MoonShould the Aging Network Be Dismantled?22(12)Elias S. CohenDonna L. WagnerShould There Be an Affirmative Action Policy for Hiring Older Persons?34(11)Anthony A. SternsHarvey L. SternsPhillip LongmanAre Private Sector Solutions to Long-Term Care Financing Preferable to Expansion of Public Long-Term Care Programs?45(13)Stanley S. WallackJoshua M. WienerShould Age Be Abandoned as a Basis for Program and Service Eligibility?58(11)John H. SkinnerElizabeth A. KutzaII Age-Based PoliticsAre the Elderly Benefiting at the Expense of Younger Americans?69(12)Paul S. HewittJill QuadagnoDo the Elderly Really Have Political Clout?81(11)Henry J. PrattRobert H. BinstockIII Health and Quality-of-Life IssuesShould Older Persons Have the Right to Commit Suicide?92(11)Margaret Pabst BattinLois SnyderShould Health Care Be Rationed by Age?103(11)Eric RakowskiStephen G. PostIs Managed Care Good for Older Persons?114(11)Jannie Chin HansenMarty LynchCarroll L. EstesIs Aging More Problematic for Women Than Men?125(11)Nancy R. HooymanRobert L. RubinsteinIV Family IssuesDoes the Provision of Formal Services Lead to Families Relinquishing Their Caregiving for Relatives?136(12)Vernon L. GreeneSharon L. TennstedtShould Family Members Be Paid to Provide Care to Elderly Persons?148(12)Sharon M. KeigherNathan L. LinskJohn Amson CapitmanDonna L. YeeShould Older Persons Be Able to Give Assets to Family Members without Affecting Medicaid Eligibility?160(13)Allan D. BogutzMarshall B. KappShould Grandparents Assume Full Parental Responsibility?173(12)Joan F. RobertsonColleen L. JohnsonV The Field of GerontologyIs Gerontology Biased toward a Negative View of the Aging Process and Old Age?185(12)Robert C. AtchleyM. Powell LawtonShould Gerontology Be Considered a Separate Profession?197(12)Pamela Francisco WendtDavid A. PetersonJordan I. KosbergVI Aging in the FutureWill Future Elderly Persons Experience More Years of Disability?209(12)Edward L. SchneiderJames F. FriesWill Tomorrows Elderly Be Better Off?221Neal E. CutlerPaul C. Light