The elderly have traditionally been a segment of the population that is treated with respect and veneration. Numerous societal changes, however, have raised practical concerns about the rights of the elderly and how to best care for an aging population without overburdening younger and future generations. Necessities and structures that many take for granted—employment, medical care, and housing—are often difficult for the elderly to obtain. Government programs, such as the Social Security Act and Medicare, are constantly threatened by privatization. As baby boomers continue to retire, questions surrounding the rights of the elderly become more and more pronounced.
Rights of the Elderly provides an overview of the history of this timely topic and the opinions surrounding it—from the Social Security Act of 1935 to the current activism of groups such as AARP and the Gray Panthers. Examining recent court cases such as Kathi Cooper et al. v. IBM Personal Pension Plan and IBM Corporation and documents such as The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, this new volume provides multiple perspectives and decisions surrounding this issue while also plotting a course for the future of legislative action. A comprehensive and up-to-date overview essay, capsule biographies, a large annotated bibliography, a chronology of significant events, organization and agency listings, and a glossary provide useful information for students, teachers, librarians, older persons, activists, policy makers, and the general reader interested in this controversial issue.
- Whether or not the systems devised to protect the elderlyincluding Social Security and Medicarewill be sustainable
- Whether or not it is fair that younger workers must contribute to funds that will probably be depleted by the time they retire
- Who will take care of the aging population and guarantee their safety as reports of nursing home scandals and medical malpractice emerge
- Whether or not elderly individuals have too few rights and whether these rights infringe on others.
Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Glossary. Chronology.
About the Author(s)
Fred C. Pampel holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is currently a professor of sociology and a research associate with the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado and has also taught at the University of North Carolina, the University of Iowa, and Florida State University. Pampel's research has focused on topics of population aging, inequality, health, and social policy. He is a member of the American Sociological Association, the Population Association of America, and the Southern Sociological Society. He is the author of 11 books and the author or coauthor of more than 50 articles. For Facts On File, he has written Racial Profiling, Threats to Food Safety, Drugs and Sports, and Disaster Response, all in the Library in a Book series.