UNC Researcher Publishes Textbook on ‘Aging Social Policies’

Robbyn Wacker, assistant vice president for Research, dean of the Graduate School and International Admissions, and professor of Gerontology at the University of Northern Colorado, recently published her second textbook covering worldwide social policies on aging.

The book, "Aging Social Policies: An International Perspective," focuses on the "policy-person link," or how changing policies directly affect the lives of adults over the age of 65 — a growing demographic that's projected to reach 2 billion by 2050.

Co-authored by Karen A. Roberto, professor and director of the Center for Gerontology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Wacker in the book reviews U.S. policy, along with comparisons to select countries, and interviews older adults to provide perspective into their lives.

Wacker previously co-authored "Community Resources for Older Adults: Programs and Services in an Era of Change," and a fourth edition of the text is planned.