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Aging: A Context for Primary Prevention and Health Promotion

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Introduction

The last 50 years have witnessed a shift in the perception of the 65+ population in the United States. As the baby boomers age and federal deficits grow exponentially, public concern with federal spending on retirement and medical care has intensified. This spending is in the minds of many tied to the growing and “disproportionate” political power of the elderly. Public discourse about the elderly as beneficiaries of government programs and their role in the broader sociopolitical environment increasingly characterizes the elderly as undeserving of universal benefits. Termed ageism, this negative perception of the elderly is rapidly gaining momentum among younger voters  creating concern about potential intergenerational political warfare in the near future (Binstock, 2010).

Ageism can also be understood as having individual ramifications, making it an important ethical and social issue. On an individual level, prejudice and discrimination against an individual older...

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Trask, B.S., DiGregorio, N. (2014). Aging: A Context for Primary Prevention and Health Promotion. In: Gullotta, T.P., Bloom, M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5999-6_296

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