ERIC Number: ED118871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Myth and Reality of Aging in America.
National Council on the Aging, Inc., Washington, DC.; Harris (Louis) and Associates, Inc., New York, NY.
To understand and document the image and the reality of old age and older Americans, the National Council on the Aging (NCOA) commissioned the major, in-depth survey which examined public attitudes and expectations and documented older Americans' views and personal experiences. Consisting of statistical tables, textual analysis, and subjective discussions of implications, the report presents a major overview of the survey's findings in eight sections: (1) public attitudes toward old age, (2) public expectations of people over 65, (3) social and economic contribution of people 65 and over, (4) preparation for old age, (5) the experience of being older, (6) accessibility and use of community facilities by the public 65 and over, (7) the media and the image of people 65 and over, and (8) the politics of old age. The study found that most older Americans desire to and can be productive and that many millions live at or below the poverty line. Considered extremely significant, the findings related to public policy include these: Almost all americans believe social security payments should automatically rise with living costs; most agree that the Federal government should use general tax revenues for supporting older people, and oppose mandatory retirement at a fixed age. (Author/AJ)
Descriptors: Ability, Attitudes, Cultural Images, Demography, Expectation, Experience, National Surveys, Needs, Older Adults, Productivity, Public Facilities, Public Opinion, Public Policy, Retirement, Self Concept, Social Responsibility, Social Welfare, Statistical Studies, Stereotypes
The National Council on the Aging, Incorporated, 1828 "L" Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (NCOA members $15.00; Non-members $20.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.; Florence V. Burden Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Council on the Aging, Inc., Washington, DC.; Harris (Louis) and Associates, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Social Security