ERIC Number: ED056269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov-11
Reference Count: 0
The Sciences and Aging. Adding to the Knowledge about Aging.
Mason, W. Dean
The Social Sciences, as they relate to the aged and the aging, are discussed. Social gerontology seeks to discover the role of the social environment as a determinant of aging and of the behavior and position of older people in society. In the United States, some 20 million people are over 65 years of age, and the median age of the elderly has risen to age 73. There are suggestions that there may be a direct relationship between successful adjustment in old age and educational attainment. It is estimated that about one-sixth of the elderly are functionally illiterate and only five percent are college graduates. It is believed that the solutions to the complex problems in gerontology will require the application of research techniques of practically every scientific discipline. A program in Cleveland, Ohio, utilizes retirees as "Gatekeepers" who act as liaison between health personnel and the elderly in the neighborhood. Communities need to offer a variety of alternatives to match the variety of individual needs among our aged and aging population. Services should include prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of health problems, and rehabilitation services. Each individual should be offered education tailored to his needs. (DB)
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Authoring Institution: Kentucky Commission on Aging.; Kentucky Gerontological Society.; Kentucky Univ., Lexington.
Note: Paper presented at Seminar on The Sciences and Aging, University of Kentucky, November 11, 1971