ERIC Number: ED209566
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: 0
America's Elderly: Policy Implications. Special Policy Edition.
Population Bulletin, v35 n4 (Policy Suppl) Jan 1981
The elderly make up 11% of the total population of the United States, and senior citizens, particularly those aged 75 and over, are the fastest growing group in the country. Although one-fourth of the federal budget is allotted to their support, many older persons have difficulty in gaining access to the programs designed for their benefit. The elderly comprise a disproportionate share of all poor households as financial problems of the retirement system continue to grow. Currently plans to coordinate government programs and improve the method of financing the retirement system are receiving increased attention. Financing Social Security from general revenue funds or with actuarial reserves are two possible alternatives to the present pay-as-you-go system. Health care is also of concern to policymakers, as long-term needs of the chronically ill elderly must be considered. New program initiatives should emphasize homemaker services, geriatric day care, and compensations for families that support elderly relatives. The strengthening of informal relationships among the elderly, their families, friends, community groups, private organizations, and government at state, local, and federal levels is also necessary. (Author/NRB)
Descriptors: Adult Day Care, Aging (Individuals), Family Role, Government Role, Housing Needs, Individual Needs, Need Gratification, Older Adults, Population Trends, Poverty, Retirement, Social Services, State of the Art Reviews, Visiting Homemakers
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Population Reference Bureau, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: For related document, see CG 015 153.