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September 1983 (Volume 61)
September 1983 | Robert N. Butler
Gerontology—the study of aging from biological, psychological, and social perspectives—is a new approach to promoting “health and well-being by extending the vigorous and productive years of life.” Its research is both derivative and interdisciplinary as it straddles the area between unexplored healthy aging and uncertain knowledge about pathological aging. A “new” gerontology is beginning to engage scientists and clinicians in moving from descriptive to experimental research. Individual aging is not the only issue; science must help prepare us for population aging.
Author(s): Robert N. Butler
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Volume 61, Issue 3 (pages 351–361) Published in 1983
Living Longer in the United States: Demographic Changes and Health Needs of the Elderly
Longer Life but Worsening Health? Trends in Health and Mortality of Middle-Aged and Older Persons
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