Robert and Helen Lynd's Middletown set the format in sociological theory and practice for hundreds of studies in the decades following its publication in 1929. Old People in Three Industrial Societies may well set similar standards for studies in its fi eld for many years to come. In addition to achieving a signifi cant breakthrough in the progress of socio logical research techniques, the book offers a monumental cross-cultural exposition of the health, family relationships, and social and economic status of the aged in three countries-the United States, Britain, and Denmark.

chapter 2|31 pages

Health and Incapacity in Later Life

chapter 3|22 pages

The Psychology of Health

chapter 4|31 pages

Medical Services

chapter 5|30 pages

Welfare Services and the Family

chapter 6|45 pages

The Structure of the Family

chapter 8|31 pages

The Family and Social Class

chapter 9|30 pages

Isolation, Desolation, and Loneliness

chapter 10|32 pages

Work and Retirement

chapter 11|27 pages

The Meaning of Work

chapter 14|31 pages

Summary and Conclusion