Provides a comprehensive assessment of the political environment and the state of old-age policy and politics and discusses specific, realistic policy options for the future.
This book explores the changed political environment in the United States and what it means for the policies and programs benefiting the elderly and their families. It includes chapters written by distinguished contributors, such as Fernando Torres-Gil, Assistant Secretary for Aging, Clinton Administration, and discusses specific, realistic policy options for the future. New Directions in Old-Age Policies suggests that old-age policy in the changed political environment is a paradox of competing agendas: individual versus fiscal responsibility in policy choices, doing more for the elderly and their families with fewer public resources, and prioritizing the status quo or change in policy decisions for the elderly.
Janie S. Steckenrider is Associate Professor of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Tonya M. Parrott is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Gerontology at Quinnipiac College, Connecticut.
"Most policy oriented books tend to be quite specialized—on Social Security only, or Medicare only. This is truly the first I've seen that covers the whole range of aging policy issues. The essays are well-written, the topics are timely, and the contributors are top notch. There is nothing like it on the market." — Jill Quadagno, Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, Florida State University
"The dimensions of the policy problem of aging are convincingly laid out. The political and social dimensions of gray politics are explored, and the broader causal origins of aging as a poverty problem are stated forcefully." — Ronald Keith Gaddie, University of Oklahoma