Social gerontology is concerned with the phenomena of aging which are related to man as a member of the social group. This handbook is addressed to research workers, teachers, and graduate students as a text and as a guide. Over 50 colleges, universities, and professional schools are offering credit courses in aspects of social gerontology. Advanced degrees may be offered in the near future. The handbook is a collection of 19 essays and critical reviews organized into three parts. Part 1 is on the basis and theory of societal aging, Part 2 is concerned with the impact of aging on individual activities and social roles, and Part 3 covers aging and the reorganization of society.
The average age of persons in the United States did increase from 1900 onward as did also the proportion of older people to total population, but both trends have about leveled off at this time.