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The section “Demographics and Gerontological Social Work” includes updated statistics. Information in the roles of grandparents and unpaid caregiving has been expanded. Bibliography updated.

Updated on 1 August 2013. The previous version of this content can be found here.

Abstract and Keywords

Although the terms older adult and senior citizen are commonly defined as individuals 60 years and above, later adulthood contains various life-course phases and developmental periods. The “young-old,” defined as individuals in the age range of 60–75 years, often experience various health, social, and economic transitions. Both the individual and family systems must negotiate some of the concomitant changes that accompany the journey into later life. Therefore, this first decade of older adulthood is one that can simultaneously be enjoyable, exciting, demanding, and stressful for aging persons and their family.

Keywords: late life, senior adults, young-old

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