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AgeLine, produced by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), provides bibliographic coverage of social gerontology--the study of aging in social, psychological, health-related, and economic contexts. The delivery of health care for the older population and its associated costs and policies is particularly well covered, as are public policy, employment, and consumer issues.

Literature covered is of interest to researchers, health professionals, service planners, policymakers, employers, older adults, and their families and consumer advocates. The content of AgeLine is relevant to many industries and research establishments worldwide.

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is the leading U.S. organization for people age 50 and older. It serves their needs and interests through information and education, advocacy, and community services which are provided by a network of local chapters and experienced volunteers throughout the country. The organization also offers members a wide range of special benefits and services, including Modern Maturity magazine and the monthly Bulletin.

Subject Coverage
    Major areas of coverage include:
    • Aging and the future
    • Consumer guides
    • Demographics of an aging population
    • Economics, financial planning, and pensions
    • Employment of older workers
    • Family caregiving
    • Health care services and costs
    • Housing
    • Intergenerational relationships
    • Long-term care
    • Mental and physical health assessment
    • Middle age
    • Nutrition and exercise
    • Psychology of aging
    • Public policy and legislation
    • Retirement and retirement planning
    • Services for older adults
    • Social and family relationships
    • Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
    • Theories of aging
Dates of Coverage
    1978 - current
Update Frequency
    Monthly. Approximately 6,000 new records added per year.
    Over 0 records as of June 2013
Print Equivalent
    References in AgeLine come from the gerontology collection of AARP's Research Information Center, as well as selected articles from 300 magazines and journals, aging-related dissertations and descriptions of videos.
Examples of Use
    • Investigate long-term care options
    • Research implications of changes in Social Security
    • Develop strategies for marketing to baby boomers and older adults
    • Find information about recruiting and guiding older workers
    • Investigate financial planning, retirement, and pension programs
    AgeLine Database
    Research Information Center
    601 E Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20049
    Voice: +1 202 434 6341
Sample Record
    TI: Title
    Serving seniors better in the coming century
    AU: Author
    Moore, Jim
    SO: Source
    Contemporary Long Term Care, Vol. 22, No. 3, p. 33-34, (2p.), Mar 1999
    IS: ISSN
    TA: Target Audience
    AB: Abstract
    Discusses ways that senior housing may evolve in the coming century to better serve consumers' needs. New technology will help provide activities for residents (via computers and the Internet), track staff time more accurately, and monitor the health of residents with medical risks. Cost-effective, 15- to 20-unit models will be developed to serve the needs of older adults with very modest incomes (under $15,000 per year). It will become more common for assisted living residents to spend down their assets to pay for care. The care continuum will be redefined, with more services extended to people in private households. Providers will finally develop practical, cost-effective, generally accepted approaches to wellness. Residents will be more astute, better educated, and more worldly than they are today, and they will be less likely to accept limitations imposed by others. Nursing homes will become less dominant players, with flat to declining growth, specializing more in high-acuity and relatively short-term care. Many nonprofits will change their strategies and structures, passing from conservative, single-campus sponsors to growth-oriented, multifacility operations with statewide or regional networks. (AY) (AgeLine Database, copyright 1999 AARP, all rights reserved)
    PY: Publication Year
    PD: Publication Date
    PT: Publication Type
    Journal Article
    DE: Descriptors
    United States; Older Adults; Age Segregated Housing; Nursing Homes; Assisted Living Facilities; Projection; Technology; Home Care; Nonprofit Organizations
    AN: Accession Number
Field Codes
    AB = Abstract NT = Notes
    AN = Accession Number PD = Publciation Date
    AU = Author PT = Publication Type
    AV = Availability PY = Publication Year
    CA = Corporate Author RP = Report Number
    DE = Descriptor SO = Source
    ED = Editor SP = Sponsor
    IB = ISBN SR = Series Title
    ID= Identifier TA = Target Audience
    IS = ISSN TI = Title
    IT= Issue Title