Independence and Economic Security in Old Age

Independence and Economic Security in Old Age

By: Frank T. Denton (author), Deborah Fretz (editor)Paperback

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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. The book first looks at some basic demographic issues, including the definition of "old," the changing age distribution of the population, and the demographic outlook for the next several decades. It then moves into the area of family relations, health, and economic security. The concept of "independence" among the elderly is examined and the degree of preparedness for old age by different elderly or soon-to-be elderly cohorts is considered. The measurable social contributions of the elderly are also discussed in juxtaposition with the benefits they receive. The book continues with an examination of the saving behaviour of the elderly, the appropriateness of the Consumer Price Index as a measure of inflation, the incomes of older women, and how the tax-transfer system affects the incentives of Canadians to save for retirement. Comprehensive and innovative in its consideration of the issues and implications of aging, this book will be a valuable resource for specialists and non-specialists interested in issues of population aging, for students of gerontology, economics, sociology, health studies, social work, and women's studies, and for social planners and policy makers.

About Author

Frank T. Denton, Deborah Fretz and Byron G. Spencer are members of the Department of Economics at McMaster University.


Preface 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 Expenditure 9. Cohort, Year, and Age Effects in Canadian Wage Data / John B. Burbidge, Lonnie Magee and A. Leslie Robb 10. Saving Before and After Retirement: A Study of Canadian Couples, 1969-92 / Xiaofen Lin 11. How Well Does the Consumer Price Index Serve as an Index of Inflation for Older Age Groups? / Frank T. Denton and Byron G. Spencer Part 4: Retirement and Pension Issues 12. The Economic Consequences of Unexpected Early Retirement / Lynn McDonald, Peter Donahue and Victor Marshall 13. The Independence and Economic Security of Older Women Living Alone / Rebecca Smith, Lonnie Magee, A. Leslie Robb and John B. Burbidge 14. The Poverty of Retired Widows / Lynn McDonald, Peter Donahue and Brooke Moore 15. The Effect of the Tax-Transfer System on Retirement Savings / Deborah Fretz and Michael R. Veall Contributors Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780774807890
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 390
  • ID: 9780774807890
  • weight: 580
  • ISBN10: 077480789X

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