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9780801874253

Why Survive?: Being Old in America

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  • ISBN13:

    9780801874253

  • ISBN10:

    0801874254

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-11-01
  • Publisher: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV PRESS
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Summary

"Butler questions the value of long life for its own sake; modern medicine, he says, has ironically created 'a huge group of people for whom survival is possible but satisfaction in living elusive.' He proposes sweeping policy reforms to redefine and restructure the institutions responsible for what he calls 'the tragedy of old age in America.'." -- New York Times Book Review

Author Biography

Robert N. Butler, M.D., is president and chief executive officer of the International Longevity Center--USA and professor of geriatrics at the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. From 1975 to 1982 he was the founding director of the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. In 1982 he founded the first department of geriatrics in a U.S. medical school. In 1976 Butler won the Pulitzer Prize for his book Why Survive?: Being Old in America. He is co-author (with Dr. Myrna I. Lewis) of the books Aging and Mental Health and Love and Sex After 60. He is presently working on a book, The Longevity Revolution.

Table of Contents

A Personal Note ix
Preface xi
The Tragedy of Old Age in America
1(21)
How to Grow Old and Poor in an Affluent Society
22(15)
What About My Pension?
37(27)
The Right to Work
64(39)
No Place to Live
103(36)
No Time to Wait
139(35)
The Unfulfilled Prescription
174(51)
``They Are Only Senile''
225(35)
Houses of Death Are a Lively Business
260(40)
Victimization of the Elderly
300(21)
Pacification and the Politics of Aging
321(35)
The Gift of Life
356(28)
Loosening Up Life
384(18)
Growing Old Absurd
402(43)
Appendixes
A. Sources of Gerontological and Geriatric Literature
423(2)
B. Organizations Pertaining to the Elderly
425(3)
C. Government Programs for the Elderly
428(2)
D. Government Agencies for the Elderly
430(5)
E. Other National Organizations with Programs in the Field of Aging
435(10)
Acknowledgments 445(2)
Notes 447(24)
Bibliography 471(12)
Index 483

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