9780205544011

Human Aging

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  • ISBN13:

    9780205544011

  • ISBN10:

    0205544010

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 12/22/2007
  • Publisher: Psychology Pres

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Summary

This text offers a readable and friendly presentation of the important methods, findings, and theories of human aging, while actively involving the reader in meaningful exercises and critical thinking. Readers are repeatedly challenged to apply information in the text to the older adults in their own lives. Specifically, suggestions for enhancing the lives of their older relatives are offered and encouraged. These include guidelines for discussions they might have regarding social, emotional, and environmental changes as well encouraging intellectual and social interaction. While presenting the latest in research findings, the authors have also strived to keep research interesting for readers who may not see themselves as researchers.

Table of Contents

An Introduction to Human Aging Why Study Human Aging?
The Study of Aging
Who is Aging/Who is Old?
Stereotypes
Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources
Research Methods and Issues Guiding Principles and Issues
Theory
Research Methods
Ethics
Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources
Aging and Our Bodies
Physical Aspects of Aging Individual Differences
Changes in Physical Appearance
Internal Changes
Chronic Conditions
Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources
Theories of Senescence and Aging An Overview
Programmed Theories
A Middle Category
Unprogrammed Theories
All of the Above
Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources
Health and Longevity Overview
Factors Beyond Our Control
Factors Within Our Control
Other Factors
Social Factors
Quality of Life
Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources
Aging and Our Minds
Sensation, Perception, and Slowing with Age Sensation and Perception
Slowing
Falls
Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources
Memory and Cognition An Overview of Memory Processing
Memory and Aging
Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources
Intelligence, Wisdom, and Creativity Intelligence
Expertise
Wisdom
Creativity
Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources
Aging and Our Selves
Personality and Coping An Overview of Personality
Traits
Personal Concerns
Coping
Identity
Personality, Health, and Well-Being
Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources
Relationships Social Relations Across the Life Span
Social Support
Family Relationships
Friends
Religion and Spirituality
Isolation and Loneliness
Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources
Work and Retirement Work
Retirement
Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources
Aging and Our Survival
Psychopathology Overview
Alcohol Abuse
Depression
Acute Cognitive Disorders
Dementia
Caregiving
Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources
Healthy/Helpful Environments Spaces and Places
Person Environment Congruence
Where We Live in Old Age
Community Based Long-Term Care
Retirement Communities and Assisted Living
Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources
Death and Bereavement Death
Bereavement
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