The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

Category: Book
By (author): Poo, Ai-jen
Subject:  FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Eldercare
  SELF-HELP / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gerontology
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Services
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: The New Press
Published: February 2015
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 8.50in x 5.80in x 0.75in
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From The Publisher*One of Time?s 100 most influential people ?shines a new light on the need for a holistic approach to caregiving in America . . . Timely and hopeful? (Maria Shriver).
In The Age of Dignity, thought leader and activist Ai-jen Poo offers a wake-up call about the statistical reality that will affect us all: Fourteen percent of our population is now over sixty-five; by 2030 that ratio will be one in five. In fact, our fastest-growing demographic is the eighty-five-plus age group?over five million people now, a number that is expected to more than double in the next twenty years. This change presents us with a new challenge: how we care for and support quality of life for the unprecedented numbers of older Americans who will need it.
Despite these daunting numbers, Poo has written a profoundly hopeful book, giving us a glimpse into the stories and often hidden experiences of the people?family caregivers, older people, and home care workers?whose lives will be directly shaped and reshaped in this moment of demographic change. The Age of Dignity outlines a road map for how we can become a more caring nation, providing solutions for fixing our fraying safety net while also increasing opportunities for women, immigrants, and the unemployed in our workforce. As Poo has said, ?Care is the strategy and the solution toward a better future for all of us.?
?Every American should read this slender book. With luck, it will be the future for all of us.? ?Gloria Steinem
?Positive and inclusive.? ?The New York Times
?A big-hearted book [that] seeks to transform our dismal view of aging and caregiving.? ?Ms. magazine
Review Quote*"Thoughtful, moving, and relatable."
-Library Journal

"Ai-jen Poo's first book shines a new light on the need for a holistic approach to caregiving in America. A timely and hopeful book, The Age of Dignity holds solutions that lift all boats-strengthening our families, the workforce that supports us, and the nation as a whole."
-Maria Shriver

"Ai-jen Poo knows how to create social change from the bottom up…showing the humanity of a long devalued kind of work. This goes beyond organizing to transforming."
-Gloria Steinem in Time

Publishers Weekly calls the book "a strong argument for a cultural and governmental shift toward valuing older citizens and providing them with opportunities for rich, full lives."

" An urgent and irresistible book."
-Gloria Steinem

" Don't miss this book."
-Van Jones, New York Times bestselling author of Rebuild the Dream

"A powerful call for a Care Revolution in America."
-Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues

"Ai-jen Poo is among our most compelling social movement leaders."
-Ambassador Swanee Hunt, chair of Hunt Alternatives and Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government

"A bold and inspiring vision for the future."
-Jim Firman, president and CEO, National Council on Aging