Contents: Vol. I: Preface. 1. The meaning of the concept 'Old Age'. 2. The aged in Indian culture. 3. Measurement of the attitude of the young towards the old. 4. Policies and programmes related to aged. 5. Comparative public policies for the elderly. 6. Abeyance processes, social policy and aging. 7. Old age as a risk: the establishment of retirement pension system in France. 8. Demography of ageing. 9. Public view of the aged and aging.
Vol. II: 10. Perceptions of the elderly. 11. The impact of socio-economic status and sex on emotional maturity, life styles, death anxiety and religiosity of the aged. 12. The effect of age and sex on needs, social adjustment and reactions of frustration. 13. Retirement as a social and economic event. 14. Economic adjustment in retired life. 15. The social setting. 16. Socio-economic profile of old people. 17. Aging social adjustment and social gerontology. 18. Health problems of the aged in India. 19. Changing social scene and its implications for the aged. 20. Social aspects of aging in India. 21. Social work with the aged. 22. Old age security problems around the world. 23. Old age social security in India. 24. Attitude towards institutionalisation of the aged. Appendix. Bibliography. Index.
"Gerontologists study how older people are treated within a society and how the elderly deal with the inevitable problems of aging, particularly those involving health and income. Health problems include normal losses in hearing, eyesight, and memory and the increased likelihood of chronic diseases. These losses are gradual and proceed at different rates for each individual. Many people do not experience declines until very old age, and the great majority of the elderly learn to adapt to the limitations imposed by health problems. In general the health of older people today is superior to that of previous generations, conditions that is likely to improve still further as more people receive better medical care throughout their lives
Although both the elderly and their children express a strong preferences for independent residence, most old people live within a few hours of one of their children. Members of different generations often visit one another and provide help in emergencies. Few elderly parents are abandoned or neglected by their children.
Social relationships may be difficult to maintain in old age because of health limitations, death of family members and friends, loss of workmates, and lack of transportation. Still, the majority of old people are deeply involved in friendships and family, and many find companionship at special senior centres." (jacket)