Along with national data, this book uses two detailed questionnaires which were administered to older Americans in Allegany County, New York in 1983 and 1987 as the basis for exploring the public lives of rural older Americans. The authors discuss the factors that shape the political views and behavior of the rural elderly, consulting social, economic, health and nutritional variables.
Steven A. Peterson is Professor of Political Science and Chairperson of the Division of Social Sciences at Alfred University. Robert J. Maiden is Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Gerontology Program at Alfred University. He is also a clinical psychologist in private practice.