The Aging

A Guide to Public Policy

[The authors] raise issues that deserve thoughtful consideration by leaders in the nonprofit sector about the kind of society we want to life in, how we spend our public and private resources on health care, the choices we now face, and future consequences. . . . The Aging is very readable, each chapter providing a description followed by a summary analysis.
Foundation News

This book provides a comprehensive analysis of federal programs for the aging, and their origins. Landmark federal legislation affecting the aging was enacted in the 1930s, and the intervening decades have witnesses a dramatic increase in the number and scope of programs. But far from constituting a cohesive national policy for the elderly, the many programs reflect the particular political and social conditions surrounding their origin and implementation. The multiplicity and complexity of resources and services available make achieving even a reasonable grasp of this field extremely difficult. This study offers a coherent and readable summary of this important area of federal legislation.

about the authors

Bennett M. Rich

Bennett M. Rich was president emeritus of Waynesburg College.

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Bennett M. Rich
Martha Baum

Martha Baum was professor of social work at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Martha Baum