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ERIC Number: ED118872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 28
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[Myths and Realities of Life for Older Americans.]
Perspective on Aging, v4 n2 Mar/Apr75
The document is comprised of brief excerpts from the Louis Harris and Associates' study for the National Council on the Aging, "The Myth and Reality of Aging in America," the most extensive study ever conducted to determine public attitudes and perceptions of aging in this country, and to document older Americans' views and attitudes toward themselves and the experience of old age. Topics to which excerpts are devoted include: old age and public attitudes, preparation for old age, the survey advisory committee, the experience of being old, community involvement, the image of aging, the politics of old age, the media's portrayal, and the level of service by older adults. One finding in the area of public policy is considered to be extremely significant: 97 percent of Americans believe that Social Security payments should automatically increase with rises in the cost of living; also, the conclusion is drawn that most of the older population wish to be productive and have the potential to be so, and clearly, too, most older people feel that their condition in life is better than the general public believes it to be. Nevertheless, many millions of older people are living at, or below, the poverty line. (Author/AJ)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Authoring Institution: National Council on the Aging, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Social Security