||Lessons on Aging from Three Nations, Volume I: The Art of Aging Well
Edited by Sara Carmel, Carol A. Morse, and Fernando M. Torres-Gil
Co-Editors: JoAnn Damron-Rodriguez, Susan Feldman, and Terrance Seedsman Society and Aging Series, Jon Hendricks, Editor
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IN PRAISE OF
"This series provides a vital dialogue in gerontology that helps us gain a perspective on how three
developed societies address aging, as aging becomes a more prominent topic in the United States and
elsewhere. Aging becomes both the lens and the engine, with a crucial impact on the social and
economic infrastructures of our societies and on their vitality and vulnerabilities, both now and in
the foreseeable future."
—Jennie Chin Hansen, Senior Fellow, University of California, San Francisco
Center for the Health Professions
"The authors challenge us to take a careful look at how three societies have evolved as their
populations have aged. As this work makes clear, global aging is a stronger reality than ever. The
authors artfully show that the size and age of a population have relevance but are not necessarily the
most critical ingredients for successful aging. It is the will of the population to creatively address the
critical elements of life that makes the difference. A careful look at the paths of coping with the need
for change in the selected nations helps inform policymakers, scholars, and others. The authors are
masterful in making sure we understand the full weight of diversity and all of its implications
for each nation as demographics change."
—E. Percil Standford, Ph.D., Chief Officer for Diversity and Inclusion, AARP
"This book links two important themes: globalization and aging. I would like
to add that this book looks at cultural competence in terms of understanding
older persons—themselves, their countries of origin, and the world around them,
both the physical and the persons in that space. Yet it is also we who have
the same domains and qualities. This is a stimulating book, the first in a
—David O. Staats, MD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Doody's Review Service
"This would be a useful book for those engaged in qualitative research with the elderly; psychotherapists who work with old
people will get a fair bit out of it too; but there is quite a lot of information contained within it that would be of use
to geriatricians, old age psychiatrists, nurses and allied health professionals as well."
—David Ames, Editor in Chief, International PscyhogeriatricsVolume 19/4, 2007
"The series provides a vital dialogue in gerontology that helps us gain perspective on how three developed
nations—the United States, Australia, and Israel—address aging as it becomes ever more prominent and exerts
an increasingly crucial impact on the social and economic infrastructures of our societies. A careful look
at the present means of coping with aging in the three societies points to the areas requiring assistance. As
such, it helps inform policy makers, scholars, and caretakers of the need for change and enables us to learn from
the creativity, achievements, and failures of others.
Volume 1 is edited by top gerontological experts who have edited a groundbreaking book that is certain to become
a classic in the field. By and large, it is well written and highly informative, bringing the latest material on
research and demographics of aging in their respective countries. The material is new, sound, and at times exciting
—Alma H. Bond, PsycCRITIQUES 1/2/08, http://psycnet.apa.org
"The book serves well as an informative snapshot, particularly for policy making. I applaud the use of geo-political
contexts (the three nations) for considering societal similarities and differences about some issues and trends in our
increasingly global times. For students, the book will be useful for its attention to such issues as creativity in adapting
to later-life changes; resilience in widowhood; help seeking for health changes; and the diversity of health-ageing
experiences in terms of migration. The later is particularly helpful for appreciating the heterogeneity of later-life
experiences given the globalization of the 21st century. I recommend this book for its descriptive content, particularly
for new readers in gerontology and those with an interest in public policy. The book offers insights into the changing state
of understanding what is working and what needs to be added in policy in each of these three nations to support
—Sherry Ann Chapman, University of Alberta, Canada, Ageing & Society, Volume 28, 2008
"This two-volume book, quite easy to read and rich in original data, will certainly provide a valuable source of information for economic and health-planning authorities as well as gerontologists, pointing also to the socio-cultural needs of this rapidly increasing segment of the world population. The comparative study of these three quite diverse, geographically largely separated societies also shows how similar problems can be approached bv different means in these three countries of different sizes and economic situations. All present and future studies on the multiple aspects of age-related problems will certainly profit from careful reading of the chapters of this book."
—Ladislas Robert, HBtel-Dieu, Paris, Gerontology: International Journal of
Experimental, Clinical and Behavorial Gerontology, Volume 53, Number 6, 2007. S. Karger AG, Basel Medical and Scientific Publishers
ABOUT THE BOOK
The "demographic revolution"—the aging of societies—has become a worldwide phenomenon, affecting governments, economies, social trends, relationships among nations, and, most of all, the elderly themselves and their families. The pace of aging differs among nations, however, as do the solutions for the new social needs and the rate of addressing them. Although no two nations are alike, one way for dealing effectively with new social demands is to learn from the creativity, achievements, and failures of other societies.
This volume examines the issues confronting global aging through the prism of three multicultural nations; the United States, Israel, and Australia. All three countries face the challenges of coping with continued immigration, dramatic social and demographic change, and the growing nexus of social diversity, along with aging, but have established different infrastructures of programs, services, and public benefits for their older citizens. While highlighting their societies' experiences, the scholars contributing to this book discuss international achievements in meeting the ultimate challenge of aging well, as well as limitations and unmet needs, focusing on the art of coping with growing old, adapting to health challenges, and making a place for older persons in society. The authors not only identify the insights, indicators, and trends that may affect both developed and developing worlds, but also offer practical solutions for enhancing personal and societal well-being, thus making the most of this demographic revolution.
Students of gerontology and geriatrics; those working in nongovernmental organizations—private, for-profit, and nonprofit agencies, including voluntary, charitable, and religious groups; those working in national, regional, and local governments; all general readers intrigued with the aging of societies and longevity.
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Sara Carmel, M.P.H., Ph.D., is a professor of medical sociology and gerontology, president of the Israeli
Gerontological Society, and director of the Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Aging at Ben-Gurion University.
She is the author of more than a hundred scientific publications and has served on national and international committees
for academic and policy affairs. Her recent research focuses on end-of-life preferences and practices among the public,
elderly persons, patients, and formal and informal caregivers. She has also studied doctor-patient relationships and
communication, health and welfare services, and the effects of culture, immigration, and other psychosocial factors on the
will to live, health, and well-being of elderly persons.
Carol A. Morse, B.Sc.Econ., M.Ed.Psych., Ph.D., MAPS, is a professor and foundation director of Health & Wellbeing
Research, Monash University, Melbourne. She has served on local, national, and international academic policy committees and
is a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Department of Human Services,Victoria. She is a health
psychologist with more than 25 years of research experience in lifespan adult development and aging and has published
widely on issues of adults' life transitions throughout the reproductive years, family formation, care-giving,
and trans-cultural positive aging.
Fernando M. Torres-Gil, Ph.D., M.S.W., is a nationally recognized scholar and researcher in the areas of ethnicity, diversity, public policy, and gerontology. He is the author of more than eighty publications and four books, including The New Aging: Politics and Change in America (1992). He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the National Academy of Social Insurance. He has served as president of the American Society on Aging.
Dr. Torres-Gil was the first assistant secretary on aging of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1993-1996) and has served in other high-level positions in the U.S. government.
Professor Fernando Torres-Gil and Professor Samuel Aroni
(Godfather of the book) celebrating the publication
of the wonderful new work!
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