The Gerontologist, Vol 29, Issue 4 494-501, Copyright © 1989 by The Gerontological Society of America
Challenges of aging in tomorrow's world: will gerontology grow, stagnate, or change?
What impact will social, economic, and political trends have over the next
decade on services, policies, and research for the elderly? The author
predicts that declining confidence in Social Security, questioning of the
public's responsibility for the elderly, organization proliferation,
anticipated labor shortages, and a trend to reengage in, rather than retire
from, mainstream society will all lead to an emphasis on the elderly's
productive potential and a "common human need" policy in the aging field.