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The myth and reality of aging in America
 — conducted for the National Council on the Aging, Inc. by Louis Harris and Associates
Corporate AuthorLouis Harris and Associates; National Council on the Aging (US) - NCOA
PublisherNational Council on the Aging, Washington, D.C., 1975
Pages245 pp
KeywordsOlder people ; Attitudes to the old of general public ; Social surveys ; United States of America.
AnnotationThis study was the most extensive ever conducted to determine the public's attitude toward ageing and its perception of what it is like to be old in the US. It also documents older Americans' views and attitudes about themselves, and their personal experiences of old age. Findings on public policy are significant: 97% of the American people were of the view that social security payments to older people should automatically increase with rises; 81% agreed that the federal government has responsibility to use general tax revenues to help support older people; and 86% were opposed to mandatory retirement at a fixed age. Other aspects covered include accessibility of facilities, and the media's portrayal of the over 65s. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930709116
ClassmarkB: TOB: 3F: 7T

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