Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

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Foreword

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pp. vii-xii

A Generation of Change: A Profile of America's Older Generation is one of an ambitious series of volumes aimed at converting the vast statistical yield of the 1980 census into authoritative analyses of major changes and trends in...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xiv

Preparation of this monograph was supported in part by a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation joined by the Social Science Research Council and its National Committee for Research on the 1980 Census. These organizations were supported in...

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Preface

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pp. xv-xviii

The elderly population of the United States grew from 12.5 million in 1950 to nearly 30 million in 1987, with prospects for continuing rapid growth to the fourth decade of the next century. More significantly, the proportion of elderly...

Contents

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pp. xix-xx

List of Tables

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pp. xxi-xxxiv

List of Figures

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pp. xxxv-xxxvi

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1. Basic Dimensions of an Aging Population

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pp. 1-51

The character of the era since the end of World War II has been shaped greatly by the so-called baby boom: the 75 million births that occurred from mid 1945 to mid 1965.1 The number born during the period exceeded the...

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2. Sex, Race, and Ethnic Composition

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pp. 52-98

The two sexes and the various racial/ethnic groups in the population differ in their demographic, social, and economic characteristics in both early and later life and in the ways they deal with the major transitions in the...

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3. Geographic Distribution and Residential Mobility

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pp. 99-182

Elderly persons tend to be most numerous in the most populous states and in Florida. In 1985, California and New York, together with Florida, had the largest numbers of people aged 65 and over, with more than 2 million each...

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4. Longevity

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pp. 183-239

Progress in the control of the aging process from a demographic point of view has usually been measured in terms of the increase in longevity, as shown, for example, by increases in the proportion of the population surviving from birth to various ages or by gains in average years of remaining...

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5. Health

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pp. 240-299

This chapter is concerned with the health status of the elderly as measured by the extent of acute and chronic conditions and disability and the extent to which health services are utilized. The data presented are drawn principally from...

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6. Marital Status, Living Arrangements, and Institutionalization

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pp. 300-367

This chapter and the following ones are concerned with the principal social and economic characteristics of the older population, the variation in these characteristics over time and over the life cycle, and some implications of the changes...

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7. Education, Work, and Retirement

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pp. 368-459

This chapter deals with the education-work-retirement dimension of the life course and the demographic, social, and economic aspects of these activities in later life. Social trends of the past several decades suggest that the linear model for experiencing..

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8. Economic Status

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pp. 460-526

Although we are concerned primarily with the income of elderly individuals and elderly families (i.e., those with householders aged 65 and over), we also need to examine the income of younger individuals and families (i.e., those with householders at the...

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9. Housing Characteristics

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pp. 527-575

This chapter deals with the housing conditions of older persons and the changes in the housing conditions of people as they get older. It also deals with the relationship between the characteristics of older householders and their housing. Housing characteristics...

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10. Summary, Prospects, and Implications

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pp. 576-600

The majority of elderly persons, especially of those aged 75 and over, are women. The characteristics of the elderly population, particularly the aged population, are mainly, therefore, the characteristics of elderly women, as are the health, social, and economic...

Bibliography

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pp. 601-622

Name Index

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pp. 623-628

Subject Index

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pp. 629-647