The basis for this collection of essays on social, psychological, economic, and ethical aspects of aging was a 1983 symposium that also produced a volume on the biomedical aspects of aging. The goal of the symposium and the two volumes based on it was to provide a provocative overview of the directions of geriatrics and gerontology for scholars and practitioners likely to be actively working in these fields in the year 2000. It is not, nor was it intended to be, a summation of current knowledge; it does not, moreover, provide much practical information for physicians or other health care workers.
This book will be very helpful for educators who must prepare lectures on the nonbiomedical aspects of aging or need short, stimulating reading assignments for students. Most essays are both analytical and descriptive, looking in moderate depth at one particular feature of aging in our society, eg, retirement, ethics,