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January 1984
296 pages  

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The Aging
A Guide to Public Policy
Rich , Bennett , Baum, Martha
This book provides a comprehensive analysis of federal programs for the aging, and their origins.

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Bennett M. Rich was president emeritus of Waynesburg College.
Martha Baum was professor of social work at the University of Pittsburgh.
“[The authors] raise issues that deserve thoughtful consideration by leaders in the nonprofit sector about the kind of society we want to life in, how we spend our public and private resources on health care, the choices we now face, and future consequences. . . . The Aging is very readable, each chapter providing a description followed by a summary analysis.”—Foundation News

“Rich and Baum's guide to public policy for the aging may more accurately be called a guide to the diverse political elements involved in the evolution of legislation in the usual areas of concern: retirement, income, health care, housing, and transportation. . . . The authors provide a valuable introduction to the often-criticized muddle our laws and regulations seem to produce.”—Journal of Health, Politics, Policy, and Law

“Clearly written, The Aging would be excellent for introductory courses on social policy and aging and more general courses in gerontology.”—Contemporary Sociology

“This is an excellent guide through the complexities of the programs for older Americans. Benefits and services . . . are described and analyzed clearly and succinctly.”—Library Journal

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Political Science/Policy, Theory, Law

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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