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Many middle- and high-income countries are facing a population dilemma: smaller population may be necessary to avert environmental crisis, but aging population creates a difficult demographic transition. In 2050, the population over 60 years of age could reach 2.1 billion. Due to major medical advances people live longer, but that does not always mean that they live better. With advancing age, people face numerous issues including decreased productivity, limited access to resources and decision-making, and access to appropriate health care. This challenge therefore addresses issues associated with a demographic transition and promotes aging with dignity.

Background Information

Reference resources provide a starting point for your research projects.

Credo Reference

Credo Reference provides hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and more in one place. Below is a sample of keyword searches in Credo Reference related to this topic.

Call Numbers & Subject Headings

You can use the list of call numbers and subject headings below as keyword searches in our catalog and databases, or you can go to these sections of the library to find books on these topics.

  • HA1060-1064: Aged. Gerontology (Social aspects). Retirement.
  • RA1-1270: Public aspects of medicine
  • RC31-1245: Internal medicine
    • RC346-429: Neurology
    • RC952-954.6: Geriatrics


Books from Lane Library

All books in this list are located in the Franzen Center on Floor 3A.

Search terms for additional books in Lane Library’s catalog:

Discovery Search: Search Lane Library’s books, ebooks, and articles in one place.

Books from other libraries

WorldCat: Search for books not available at Lane Library and borrow from other libraries for free through interlibrary loan.



The following databases are useful places to search for articles. Contact a librarian if you would like more information on how to search for articles on your specific topic.

  • Academic Search Complete: Wide range of academic disciplines, including for scholarly and popular journals.
  • Anthrosource: Full-text access to the American Anthropological Association’s journals and archives.
  • JSTOR: Full-text archive of scholarly journals in the arts and sciences. Issues from the past three to five years may not be available.
  • New York Times: Access to news and archival content from NY Times. If you run into a paywall, here is more information on how to sign up.
  • ProQuest Research Library: Includes both popular and scholarly periodicals covering a variety of subjects, with over 3300 titles available in full text.
  • ProQuest Social Science Journals: Social science topics.
  • PsycInfo: Behavioral science and related disciplines.
  • PubMed: Citations for biomedical literature, with links to full-text content when available.

Get articles from other libraries

If you cannot find a full-text version of the article you need, request it through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan is a free service that allows you to borrow books and articles from other libraries. Find answers to frequently asked questions about ILL here.

Statistics and Government Sources

Government sources


  • Bureau of Justice Statistics: Primary statistical agency of the Dept. of Justice. Resource for information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.
  • Gallup Poll: Public opinion polls regularly conducted on political, social, and economic issues. Also published annually in print format, found in Quarto at HN90.P8 G35.
  • ProQuest Statistical Abstracts: Over 1400 indexed tables of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
  • US Census Bureau: Access to data from federal surveys and censuses. 


  • World Almanac: Annual book with political, economic, scientific, and educational statistics. / Lane Library AY67 .N5 W7
  • UN – Aging

Schumacher, Karlyn

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