America's Aged: Special Victims of Urban Neglect

By Robert Wolf

American Jewish Committee (AJC), May 1979

By the year 2035, it is estimated that almost one quarter of the U.S. population will be 60 or older. This astounding growth sharply exacerbated the problems that the elderly have always faced in our society - particularly inadequacies in employment opportunities, spendable income, housing and health services. To date, attempts to deal with these problems have fallen far short of the needs; especially the needs of the aged urban poor. The voices of the aged are not yet strident, but their demands have begun to penetrate our social consciousness, and to confront this country with critical choices in social policy. The following pages examine some of the major problems of the aged, and what society is doing about them.

Topic: Socioeconomic Status, Residential Patterns, Social Services, Elder Care, Employment, Housing, Health and Healing, Aging, Elderly, Jobs

Name of Publication: Our Stake in the Urban Condition: Pertinent Papers

Editor: Kaufer, Sonya F.

Volume/Issue: 4

Page Number(s): 1--14

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Wolf, Robert. America's Aged: Special Victims of Urban Neglect. Our Stake in the Urban Condition: Pertinent Papers. American Jewish Committee (AJC). May 1979: 1--14.


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