9781405170055

Aging and Older Adulthood

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    9781405170055

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    1405170050

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/25/2009
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Summary

Updated and substantially revised, the Second Edition of Aging and Older Adulthood reflects the most current scientific research and theoretical foundations that contribute to our understanding of aging and older adulthood. Updated content and references include recent neurological findings on brain structure and functioning as well as factors that influence cognitive functioning, health care, decision making, and social relationships Chapter opening vignettes engage students with real world illustrations of older adults, which relate to the concepts to come Applying Research Boxes offer examples of current research findings that can be applied to the everyday lives of older adults Understanding Aging boxes highlight phenomena such as "sundown syndrome" and "end-of-life desires," which provide a deeper insight into the aging process Integrated themes of diversity, environmental influences on aging, and applications to everyday life relate the story of aging more directly to key concepts New Chapter 13 explores what older adulthood may look like in the future and ties together the author's theoretical framework with views on positive aging New Questions to Consider at the end of each chapter stimulate readers to think about how the information in the chapter relates to them personally

Author Biography

Joan T. Erber received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Saint Louis University, after which she completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Aging and Development at Washington University in St. Louis. She is presently Professor of Psychology at Florida International University, and has extensive experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in adult development and aging and conducting research on processes of aging. Her numerous publications focus on aging and memory and how stereotypes of aging influence our perceptions and evaluations of older adults. Her research findings, some of which were funded by grants from the National Institute on Aging, are published in scientific journals such as Psychology and Aging, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, and Experimental Aging Research. She has served on editorial boards of journals that publish research on aging. Additionally, Erber is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the American Psychological Association (APA). She is a past president of the APA Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging).

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction to Aging and Older Adulthood
Theory and Method in Studying Aging and Older Adulthood
Biological Aging and Health
Sensation, Perception, and Attention
Memory
Intellectual Functioning
Cognition and Problem Solving in the Everyday World
Personality and Coping
Social Interactions and Social Ties
Employment, Retirement, and Living Arrangements
Mental Health, Psychopathology, and Therapy
Coping with Death, Dying, and Bereavement
Looking Ahead: Aging in the Future
Glossary
References
Name Index
Subject Index
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