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This easy-to-read book addresses the growing number of problems and issues associated with the process of aging. It integrates research material with meaningful discussions of the major trends and developments in the field of gerontologyencompassing the related fields of psychology, sociology, social work, anthropology, the biological sciences, medicine, psychiatry, and economics. Chapter topics include public perception and stereotypes; historical and cross-cultural comparisons; aging in minority group members; work, leisure, and retirement patterns; death and dying; exploitation of the ages; politics in aging; and future prospects and issues. For individuals interested in the demographic revolutionand living to the age of 65 and beyond.