Nearly every family is affected by aging issues, whether of parents, grandparents, partners, siblings, in-laws, or other family members. The ravaged economy, issues with Medicare and Social Security, longer life spans, and complications related to failing health and dementia are creating more families living together with elders. Understanding and addressing the multifaceted challenges of aging and family dynamics is more important than ever before.
This comprehensive reference in family gerontology reviews and critiques the recent theoretical, empirical, and methodological literature; identifies future research directions; and makes recommendations for gerontology professionals.
This book is both an updated version of and a complement to the original Handbook of Families and Aging . The many additions include the most recent demographic changes on aging families, new theoretical formulations, innovative research methods, recent legal issues, and death and bereavement, as well as new material on the relationships themselves-sibling, partnered, and intergenerational relationships, for example. Among the brand-new topics in this edition are step-family relationships, aging families and immigration, aging families and 21st-century technology, and peripheral family ties.