Title Global Aging, 2/e
Subtitle Comparative Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course
Author Frank J. Whittington, Suzanne R. Kunkel, Kate De Medeiros
ISBN 9780826162533
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 448
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher Springer Publishing Company
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Praise for the first edition:

“This book is exemplary in amassing demographic, policy, and sociopsychological data from around the world… The content of the book is rich with current information seldom accumulated into one source. I recommend this volume to gerontologists, aging studies undergraduate and graduate students… demographers, and global studies scholars.”

—Dr. Carol A. Gosselink, PsycCritiques


Written by leading scholars, this esteemed text on global aging is distinguished by its unique perspective on universal similarities and sociocultural differences across nations. Fully revised, updated, and reorganized, the second edition presents comprehensive coverage of major topics in social gerontology and expands its treatment of health behavior, health care, families, caregiving, older workers, and retirement. It delivers new information on living environments, religious beliefs and practices; environmental threats; cross-cultural views of dementia; ageism in advertising; age-friendly communities; global immigration and cultural assimilation, and end-of-life caregiving.

The second edition also offers additional case studies, first-person narratives and focused essays to enhance core material and a greater number of non-Western contributors. The topical essays reflect changing mores and current issues affecting societies and the aging experience.


New to the Second Edition:

  • Expanded content on health beliefs and health behavior, religious belief and practice, environmental threats, housing and living environments, physical security, consumer control of health care, family life, and more
  • Additional topics on global immigration and cultural assimilation, age portrayals in advertising, voluntarism, and the use of social media in caregiving
  • Abundant new and expanded essays
  • New case studies and first-person narratives
  • Many more non-Western contributors


Key Features:

  • Delivers comprehensive coverage of major topics in gerontology
  • Uses a unique comparative, cross-national perspective
  • Authored by world-renowned aging scholars
  • Includes case studies/essays/personal narratives to enliven core information
  • Provides the most comprehensive demographic data on aging around the world




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Chapter 1. Our Aging World • Culture, “Old Age,” and Aging • Culture and Old Age • Chronological Age • Ageism • Myths About Old Age in Different Cultures • What to Call Older Persons • Useful Economic and Population Concepts • Geography and Global Aging • Urban and Rural • Country Classifications • The Study of Global Aging • 1. To Get Educated • 2. Self-Interest • 3. The Smart Move • Summary • Discussion Questions • Key Words • References • Essays: A Global Perspective on Older Adults in Advertising (Jaye Atkinson) • Gender, Aging, and Power in Rural Bangladesh: Getting Older as the Priming of Women (Fauzia Erfan Ahmed)

Chapter 2. The Study of Global Aging (Suzanne R. Kunkel and Oliver Hautz) • Types of Global Aging Investigation • Using a Comparative Perspective • The Importance of Comparison: From Description to Explanation • The Challenge and the Promise of Comparative Research • Conclusion • Discussion Questions • Key Words • References • Essays: The Challenges of Measuring Mental Illness: A Comparison of the United States and Nepal (Mark Tausig and Janardan Subedi) • Aging and Dementia in Brazil (Florindo Stella, Jouce Gabriela De Almeida and Paulo Renato Canine)

Chapter 3. Demographic Perspectives on an Aging World • Demographic Transition Theory • Demographic Divide • Speed of Population Aging • Demographic Dividends • Measures of Population Aging • Population Pyramids • Proportion Aged • Median Age • Life Expectancy • Dependency Ratios • Prospective Age • Interpreting and Using Demographic Data • Summary • Discussion Questions • Key Words • References • Essay: Population Aging in Iran and Its Implications (Mahmood Messkoub and Nader Mehri)

Chapter 4. Aging Environments • Home and Place as Building Blocks of Environment • Home • Place • Housing for Older People • Housing • Housing and Environmental Theories of Aging • Aging in Place and “Appropriate” Housing • Housing Insecurity and Homelessness • Housing and Wealth • Livable Cities/Age-Friendly Cities • Urban and Rural Living Environments • Age-Friendly Initiatives • Summary • Discussion Questions • Key Words • References • Essays: Toward an Age-Friendly Urban and Housing Policy in Malta • Marvin Formosa and Rachael M. Scicluna • Designing Dementia-Friendly Neighborhoods to Improve Mobility and Wayfinding (Kishore Seetharaman and Habib Choudhury)

Chapter 5. Health Patterns and Behavior • Disease in Old Age • From Acute to Chronic Diseases • Global Patterns of Disease • The Burden of Disease • Differences Within Older Populations—Does Aging Cause Disease? • The Role of Culture in Disease Patterns • Disability in Old Age • Defining Disability • Why Is Disability an Important Topic for Global Aging? • Disability Measures for Global Comparisons • Measuring Disability Comparatively • Data Comparability • Global Patterns of Disability • Health/Illness Behavior of Older People • The Sick Role • Help Seeking • Adherence • Conclusion • Discussion Questions • Key Words • References • Essays: Cultural Views of Dementia In Nigeria (Candidus Nwakasi) • The Changing Nature of Health Care and Social Identity Among Older Adults in the Indian Himalayas (Senjooti Roy)

Chapter 6. Health Care Systems (Jasleen K. Chahal, Frank J. Whittington, and Janardan Subedi) • Types of Health Care Systems • Folk Medicine • Traditional Medicine • Modern Medicine • Models of Organizing and Financing Modern Medicine • The Bismarck Model • The Beveridge Model • The National Health Insurance Model • The Out-of-Pocket Model • Health Systems and Older People • The Patient in Charge of Care • Medical Consumerism • Health Literacy • Complementary and Alternative Medicine • Health Promotion and Self-Care • Self-Directed Care • Conclusion • Discussion Questions • Key Words • References • Essays: Russia’s Health and Health Care System (Oksana Dikhtyar) • An American in Havana: Observations About Aging in Cuba (Frank J. Whittington)

Chapter 7. Long-Term Services and Supports (Robert Applebaum, Emily Hautz, and Anthony Bardo) • Defining LTSS • Typologies of LTSS • A New Typology • Cross-Cutting Issues for an Aging Planet • Financing • Support for Family • The Need to Develop an Efficient and Effective LTSS System • The Need for Prevention • Conclusion • Discussion Questions • Key Words • References • Essays: The Need for Foreign LTC Workers in Japan (Noriko Tsukada) • Palliative Care: Quality of Life at Its End (Jasleen K. Chahal)

Chapter 8. Older Workers (Phyllis Cummins, Takashi Yamashita, Roberto Millar, and Senjooti Roy) • Working in India • The Meaning of Work • Formal and Informal Work • Differences in Participation • Issues Related to Informal Work • Implications for Older Workers • Improving Informal Employment • Health Limitations and Work • Flexible Work Arrangements • An Aging Workforce • Working Longer • Gender Disparities • Poverty at Older Ages • Future of Employment in the Context of Global Aging • Summary • Discussion Questions • Key Words • References • Essay: Older Swedes: Living in the “Role Model of Welfare States”(Kathrin Komp-Leukkunen)

Chapter 9. Retirement and Pensions (Phyllis Cummins and Robert Applebaum) • Retirement in Nigeria • The Many Faces of Retirement • Retirement Defined • Types of Retirement • Pension System Components • Mandatory Retirement by Law • Public and Private Pension Systems • Social Security Systems • Functional and Health Limitations and Disability • Private Pension Systems • Retirement in Developing Nations • Retirement Policy Issues for an Aging World • Can We Afford to Grow Old? • Should Mandatory Retirement Be Retired? • What Happens When All Workers Are Not Included in the Retirement System? • Should Public Pension Plans Redistribute Income? • What Is the Best Way for a Nation to Design Its Retirement System? • Summary • Discussion Questions • Key Words • References

Chapter 10. Families (Jennifer M. Kinney and Barbra J. Brottman) • Contemporary Definitions of Family • Population Aging, Globalization, and Diversity in the Structure of Contemporary Families • The Impact of Population Aging and Economic and Social Changes on the Structure of Families: The United States as a Case Study • The Impact of Population Aging and Economic and Social Changes on the Structure of Families Around the Globe • The Living Arrangements of Older Adults • Relationships Within Families • Family Solidarity in Western Europe and Israel • Intergenerational Family Transfers • Factors That Influence Family Functioning • Government Policies and Programs • Values About Family Relationships • Two Emerging Patterns in Families: A Troubling Challenge and an Important Opportunity • Elder Abuse: A Dark Side of Family Life • Grandparents: New Opportunities and Responsibilities • Conclusions • Discussion Questions • Key Words • References • Essays: What Do You Call Your Grandmother? (Frank J. Whittington) • Social and Economic Support for Rural Elders in Kenya (Samuel M. Mwangi)

Chapter 11. Caregiving (Jasleen K. Chahal and Jennifer M. Kinney) • Caregiving Stress and Burden • Who Provides Care? • Informal Caregiving • Gendered Caregiving • Older Adults as Caregivers • Role of Technology in Caregiving • Formal Supports for Caregiving • NGOs and Caregiving • Conclusion • Discussion Questions • Key Words • References • Essay: The Pain and Joy of Care (Frank J. Whittington)

Chapter 12. World Religions and Aging (Holly Nelson-Becker and Eleanor Van Den Heuvel) • Religion as a Personal Support System • Religious Commitment at Older Ages • World Religions and Aging • Hinduism • Buddhism • Judaism • Christianity • Islam • Discussion and Conclusion • Discussion Questions • Key Words • References • Essays: Ritual Suicide and the Place of Older Jain Women in Contemporary India (Elizabeth Wilson) • Working With the Difficult Stuff: Meditation and Buddhist Perspectives for Living, Aging, and Dying Well (Adrienne Chang)

Chapter 13. Global Aging and Global Leadership • Aging Lessons From Abroad • Global Aging Themes Worth Remembering • Global Efforts and Interventions • The Vienna World Assembly • The Madrid Plan • Update of the Madrid Plan • Upstream • Nongovernmental Organizations • Becoming a Global Leader • Discussion Questions • Key Words • References • Essays: Population Aging and Voluntarism in Romania (Stephen J. Cutler and Tatiana Cojocari) • Disaster Preparedness for Older Adults (Kathryn Hyer and Lindsay J. Peterson)


About the Authors:

Frank J. Whittington, PhD, is professor emeritus of gerontology, Department of Social Work, at George Mason University, and professor emeritus of sociology at Georgia State University (GSU), where he was both a faculty member (1973–95) and director (1995–2008) of the Gerontology Institute. His research interests focus on the social dimensions of health and health care of older persons, especially African Americans. His publications include 11 books and more than 60 articles and chapters on health behavior, medication use, long-term care, and global aging. Based on research funded by the National Institute on Aging, he coauthored, with five colleagues at the GSU Gerontology Institute, Communities of Care: Assisted Living for African Americans, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 2005. More recent projects include The International Handbook on Aging, coedited with Erdman Palmore of Duke University and Suzanne Kunkel of Miami University, and the first edition of Global Aging: Comparative Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course, coauthored with Suzanne Kunkel and Scott Brown of Miami University. Dr. Whittington has served as the president of the Southern Gerontological Society, from which he received the Gordon Streib Academic Gerontologist Award in 2009; he also received the 2010 Clark Tibbitts Award for outstanding contributions to academic gerontology from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Suzanne R. Kunkel, PhD, is University Distinguished Professor of Gerontology and executive director of the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University. Her research is broadly focused on the social determinants of health, including the system of programs and services designed to support older adults in their goals to remain healthy, active, and engaged in their communities for as long as they choose. Dr. Kunkel has been involved in large-scale projects to assess the implementation and effectiveness of these programs, including innovations such as consumer self-direction and dementia-friendly communities, and the role of cross-sectoral organizational partnerships in enhancing population health. She has served as the principal investigator or the coprincipal investigator on grant-funded projects totaling more than $7 million; she has published more than 45 articles, books, and book chapters and more than 30 research monographs on the Aging Network, innovations in the delivery of home care, population projections, global aging, and gerontology education. Dr. Kunkel is a coauthor (with Leslie Morgan) of Aging, Society, and the Life Course, a gerontology textbook in its fifth edition and currently being revised for a sixth edition with Rick Settersten. With Frank Whittington and Erdman Palmore, she coedited the most recent edition of the International Handbook on Aging. She is a fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE); she has served as the president of AGHE, and she is currently the treasurer of the Gerontological Society of America.

Kate de Medeiros, PhD, is the O’Toole Family Professor of Gerontology in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology and a Scripps Research Fellow at Miami University. Dr. de Medeiros’s research is broadly focused on understanding the experience of later life using narratives and other qualitative and mixed-methods approaches. Research topics include storying later life, the meaning of home, suffering in old age, generativity, moral development in later life, and friendships and social connectivity among people living with dementia. She has authored or coauthored more than 45 research articles and book chapters and is the author of two books on aging—The Short Guide to Aging and Gerontology (Policy Press, 2017) and Narrative Gerontology: Theory, Research and Practice (Springer Publishing, 2013)—and is the series editor for the Emerald Publishing series, The Humanities and Later Life: Exploring Contexts and Meanings of Growing Old. Working with The Hastings Center for bioethics, she recently coedited a special volume, What Makes a Good Life in Late Life: Citizenship and Justice in Aging Societies. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Brookdale Foundation.

Target Audience:

Gerontologists, aging studies undergraduate and graduate students, demographers, and global studies scholars.

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