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Independence and Economic Security in Old Age

As boomers move towards retirement the phenomenon of "population aging" has become a much-publicized issue. Independence and Economic Security in Old Age focuses on the economic and social implications of aging at the level of the individual and of society as a whole. The product of a three-year research program, the book contains chapters by recognized experts in the fields of economics and econometrics, sociology, social work, medicine, epidemiology, gerontology, and nursing.

390 pages

Table of Contents


1. Introduction and Overview / Frank T. Denton, Deborah Fretz, and Byron G. Spencer

Part 1: Population Aging and the Definition of "Old"

2. How Old Is Old? Revising the Definition Based on Life Table Criteria / Frank T. Denton and Byron G. Spencer

3. The Future Population of Canada and Its Age Distribution / Frank T. Denton, Christine H. Feaver and Byron G. Spencer

Part 2: Family, Health, and Economic Security in Later Life

4. Independence of Older Persons: Meaning and Determinants / Susan E. French, Margaret Denton, Amiram Gafni, Anju Joshi, Jason Lian, Parminder Raina, Carolyn J. Rosenthal and Donald J. Willison

5. Changes in Work and Family over the Life Course: Implications for Economic Security of Today’s and Tomorrow’s Older Women / Carolyn J. Rosenthal, Margaret Denton, Anne Martin-Matthews and Susan E. French

6. Income, Health, Disability, and the Functional Independence of the Elderly / Parminder Raina, Larry W. Chambers, Margaret Denton, Micheline Wong, Andria Scanlan, Amiram Gafni, Susan E. French, Donald J. Willison, Anju Joshi and Carolyn J. Rosenthal

7. Health, Age, and Financial Preparations for Later Life / Margaret Denton, Parminder Raina, Jason Lian, Amiram Gafni, Anju Joshi, Susan E. French, Carolyn J. Rosenthal and Donald J. Willison

8. Unpaid Time Contributions by Seniors in Canada / Jason Lian, Anju Joshi, Roberta Robb, Margaret Denton, Amiram Gafni, Carolyn J. Rosenthal and Donald J. Willison

Part 3: Age Patterns of Income, Saving, and Expenditu

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