Leading experts in health policy, gerontology, economics, and ethics explore the potential impact of the growing number of elderly on our health care system. They provide valuable information on the continuing debate over national health care policy for the elderly versus a more decentralized.

Contents Preface
  • Issues in Health and Social Policy for an Aging Society
  • The Biological Constraints on Human Aging: Implications for Health Policy
  • Institutional Versus Community Care of the Elderly: The Delicate Balance of Social Policy
  • The Impact Prospective Payment Will Have on Deinstitutionalizing Health Care for the Elderly
  • Educating Practitioners for Care of the Elderly: The Teaching Nursing Home?
  • Health Promotion and the Elderly: Why Do It and Where Does It Lead?
  • Medical Care for the Elderly in Other Western Countries: Lessons for the United States