Productive Engagement in Later Life

Nancy Morrow-Howell, Emily A. Greenfield

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Discussions of the aging population have largely focused on the serious challenges of economic security, health care, and long-term care. In large part, this discourse takes the perspective of older adults as a social problem. Largely within the past two decades, the discussion has expanded to include consideration of another view on population aging - the growing human capital represented by the older population. As health, education, and economic security have generally increased with each cohort to date, and as environments become more inclusive of people with disabilities, so has the capacity of many individuals to initiate and continue valuable activities longer into the life course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Aging and the Social Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationEighth Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780124172357
StatePublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


  • Caregiving
  • Engagement
  • Helping
  • Older workers
  • Productive aging
  • Social support
  • Volunteering


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