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Robert H. Binstock
Born(1935-12-06)December 6, 1935
DiedNovember 22, 2011(2011-11-22) (aged 75)
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materHarvard University
Scientific career
FieldsGerontology, Politics, Policies
InstitutionsCase Western Reserve University

Robert H. Binstock (December 6, 1935–November 22, 2011) was among the pioneers and world leaders in the field of gerontology. He was a professor of aging, health, and society who dealt with numerous issues on politics, policies. Binstock helped shape and create centers in several states on aging with disabilities. In addition. he had a major impact on public health efforts in gerontology.[1]


Robert H. Binstock received his A.B. in 1956 from the Harvard College, and his Ph.D. in 1965 from Harvard University.[2] Binstock was a professor of aging, health, and society at Case Western Reserve University, a president of the Gerontological Society of America, as well chairman of the American Public Health Association. While on the leadership committee of Gerontological Society of America, Binstock frequently testified before the U.S. Congress on many different issues dealing with aging and public health. Binstock published over 300 articles, books, and monographs. These publications dealt mostly with politics and policy that affected aging. [3]

Career Highlights and Accomplishments[edit]

In 2001 Binstock was designated the Ohio Gerontology Researcher of the Year, by the Ohio Research Council on Aging. [4] In 1993 he was Elected Chair of the Gerontological Health Section of the American Public Health Association (Chair-Elect, 11/93-11/95; Chair, 11/95-11/97; Immediate-Past Chair, 11/97- 11/99). In 1989 he was honored by the National Association of State Units on Aging, at its 25th Anniversary Ceremony in Washington, D.C., for "outstanding contributions to enhancing the role of state government in protecting the rights and expanding opportunities and services for older people." In 1987 Binstock wrote an article entitled "The Oldest Old: A Fresh Perspective or Compassionate Ageism Revisited?" Milbank Memorial Fund Quarterly/Health and Society, Vol. 63, No.2, (Spring, 1985), which was voted one of six articles for "recommended reading" by [1], from articles published during 20 months in 1985-86 in more than 25 journals dealing with health care. In 1974 Binstock was elected President of the Gerontological Society of America (President-elect, 11/74-11/75; President, 11/75-11/76).

"Bob" was an extraordinary colleague who mentored innumerable younger scholars over the course of a long and distinguished career. He was in all respects generative and nurtured a generation of gerontologists, many of whom are leaders in the field.

In later years, Binstock produced seminal writings on individuals with dementia and their caregivers, and on anti-aging as a scientific and cultural movement. He also held a secondary appointment in the Department of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, where he pondered the array of medical issues around aging, and was particularly known for his criticisms of age-based rationing as discriminatory (ageist) and minimal in any cost-savings to healthcare. In these areas he worked especially closely with Stephen G. Post, and the two edited a series of significant books together.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions[edit]

One of his last awards he received was in 2011, when Binstock was presented the M. Powell Lawton Award from the Gerontological Society of America for “contributions from applied gerontological research that have benefited older people and their care.” In 2010 Binstock received the Distinguished Professor Award from the UCLA Academic Geriatric Resource Center for “extensive and enduring contributions to geriatrics and gerontology.” In 2010 he was also awarded the The Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize from Case Western Reserve University for “exceptional achievements in teaching, research, and scholarly service that have benefited the community, the nation, and the world.” In 2009 he was presented with the Ollie A. Randall Award from the National Council on Aging, for “singular and outstanding contributions toward advancing the cause of aging.”

Selected Publications[edit]

Thomas R. Prohaska, Lynda Anderson, and Robert H. Binstock, eds., Public Health for an Aging Society (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, Feb.2012).

Robert H. Binstock and Linda K. George, eds., Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, seventh edition (San Diego: Academic Press, 2011).

James H. Schulz and Robert H. Binstock, Aging Nation: The Economics and Politics of Growing Older in America (Baltimore, MD, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008, paperback; Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2006, hardcover).

Robert H. Binstock and Leighton E. Cluff, eds., Home Care Advances: Essential Research and Policy Issues (New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2000)


  1. ^ "Robert H. Binstock led the nation's gerontologists: news obituaries". November 29, 2011.
  2. ^ Binstock, Robert H.&source=bl&ots=gTLICQ6q56&sig=oiYMVpbHVurP8ai-qEYsKfiVoWk&hl=en&ei=y5qUTtj9IafhiAKX2ITpBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAg "Profiles in gerontology: a biographical dictionary" Check |url= value (help). 1995.
  3. ^ "Case department of bioethics - faculty page - Robert Binstock". 2011.
  4. ^ "Curriculum vitae - Robert Binstock" (PDF). 2011.

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