Cisneros, H. (2012) Independent for Life: Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America
In this book, former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros collaborates with experts on aging, architecture, construction, health, finance, and politics to assess the current state of housing and present new strategies for addressing the interrelated issues of housing, communities, services, and financial concerns. This book is more of a handbook than a theoretical exploration of issues.
Hudson, R.B. (Ed.). (2014). The New Politics of Old Age Policy.
This edited collection explores the politics behind the country’s age-based programs and describes how those programs work but also assesses how well―or poorly―they meet the growing and changing needs of older Americans.
Myerhoff, B. (1978). Number Our Days.
An ethnographic study by the anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff. Myerhoff received a grant to explore the process of aging and she decided to study some elderly Jews from Venice, California, rather than to report on a more “exotic” people. Myerhoff’s book captures the stories of a culture that seems to give people the strength to face compelling daily problems such as poverty, neglect, loneliness, poor health, inadequate housing and physical danger.
Pruchno, R.A., & Smyer, M.A. (Eds.) (2007). Challenges of an Aging Society: Ethical Dilemmas, Political Issues.
This edited collection explores the ethical, social, and political challenges of an aging society. It combines a variety of disciplines and perspectives―from economics to nursing, psychology to theology. It is framed as a synthesis of theory and practice and provides frameworks and analyses for considering the ethical issues of both individual and societal aging.
Sokolovsky, J. (Ed.) (2008). The Cultural Context of Aging: Worldwide Perspectives.
This book explores the consequences of global aging including the biological limits of healthy longevity, the generational contract and nature of family ties, the makeup of households and communities, symbolic representations of midlife and old age and attitudes toward disability and death. The book uses a qualitative, case study approach to look at the rapidly emerging new cultural spaces and social contexts through which aging are encountered globally. It covers China, Japan, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, indigenous Amazonia, rural Italy and the ethnic landscape of the U.S.