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Rehabilitation to restore and maintain functioning in older people is relatively new. Traditionally, ageist prejudices and the medical preoccupation with cure have led to neglect of chronic disabilities in older people. With a focus on an aging population, however, a new approach to...
A substantial amount of research has demonstrated that the sense of control is associated with numerous positive outcomes, including good health. Many aspects of the personal and social conditions of old age influence the control-health relationship. Environmental events associated with old age...
This article challenges all of us—policymakers, practitioners, scientists, members of the medical profession, the public at large—to intervene in the most basic of all problems of old age: "ageism," a term the coinage of which I lay claim to. In concluding this special issue of The Annals on...
This article examines the evidence for two propositions: that health and ability to function can often be sustained into advanced old age through interventions that (1) control risk factors among people already old and (2) improve lifelong health behaviors and life-styles starting with people...
The growing number of elderly is bringing about dramatic changes in family life, in the nature and extent of interventions necessary to support an aging population, and in our notions about respective roles of family and community in providing for these needs. Although most older people manage...
Ambivalent attitudes toward older workers are to be found in society at large, in the organizations where they work, and among older workers themselves. This article explores the nature and scope of this ambivalence on these three levels and concludes that the primary need is for age neutrality...
Western values have long emphasized an interventionist approach to problems of health and health care. Yet, as medical technology becomes increasingly expensive and as the number of older people grows, proposed changes often are now governed more by considerations of cost than by quality of...
A coincidence of two trends—the current technological revolution and the rapid increase in the size of the U.S. older population— has created an urgent need to consider the characteristics, capacities, and limitations of older adults in relation to new technologies. This article proposes that...
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