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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2011): Care of the elderly - overseas

Understanding well-being in the oldest old

L. Poon and J. Cohen-Mansfield (editors)

Cambridge: CUP, 2011

The demographic and social structure of most industrialized and developing countries is changing rapidly as infant mortality is reduced and population life span has increased in dramatic ways. In particular, the oldest old (85+) population has grown and will continue to grow. This segment of the population tends to suffer physical and cognitive decline, and little information is available to describe how their positive and negative distal experiences, habits and intervening proximal environmental influences impact their well-being, and how social and health policies can help meet the unique challenges they face. This book examines both novel and traditional paradigms that could extend our knowledge and understanding of the well-being of the oldest old.

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