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Successful aging: How can we create a better old age both for ourselves and others? Issues in Aging, 2 nd edition takes anoptimistic view of aging and human potentialin later life; it presents the most up-to-date facts on aging today, the issues raised by these facts, and the societal and individual responses that will create asuccessful old age for us all. This text presents the full picture of aging- exhibiting both the problems and the opportunities and advantages that accompany older age. It aims to illustrate how generations are dependant on one another and how social conditions affect both the individual and social institutions.
Table of Contents
|Why Study Aging?|
|Culture as a Source of Ageism|
|Some Facts on Aging Today|
|Responses to Ageism|
|Theories and Methods|
|The Study of Aging: Past and Present|
|Gerontology Research Today|
|Is Gerontology a Discipline?|
|Theories of Aging|
|Two Levels of Theories|
|Three Theoretical Perspectives|
|Research Issues and Methods|
|Ethical Issues in Research|
|The Future of Gerontological Theory and Methods|
|Aging at Other Times, in Other Places|
|Four Types of Societies|
|The Challenge of Population Aging|
|The Developed Nations|
|The Developing Nations|
|The Demographics of Population Aging|
|Increased Proportion of Older People|
|The Causes of Population Change|
|The Challenges of an Aging Population|
|The Impact of Population Aging|
|Personal Health and Well-Being|
|Theories of Biological Aging|
|The Effects of Aging on Body Systems|
|Personal Health and Illness|
|Compression of Morbidity Hypothesis|
|Life Span Development|
|Memory and Intelligence|
|New Models of Mental Ability in Later Life|
|Personality Development and the Self|
|Social Psychological Change|
|Psychological Disorders: Abnormal Aging|
|Social Breakdown and Reconstruction|
|Race and Ethnicity|
|Who Are the Minority Elderly?|
|Why Study Minority Aging?|
|Demographic Characteristics of Dominant and Minority Group Elders|
|Three Theories on Minority Group Aging|
|The Impact of Minority Group Membership on Aging|
|A Look at Four Minority Groups|
|Responses to Minority Group Aging|
|The Health Care System|
|Three Models of Health Care|
|The U.S. Health Care System Today|
|Long-term Care: A Response to Older People's Needs|
|Disease Prevention and Health Promotion|
|Future Issues in Health Care|
|Finances and Economics|
|Historical Development of the U.S. Pension System|
|The U.S. Retirement Income System Today|
|The Impact of the Retirement Income System on Older People's Incomes|
|Inequality in Later Life|
|Retirement and Work|
|The Social Origins of Retirement|
|Retirement in the United States Today|
|Alternatives to Retirement|
|Personal Responses to Retirement|
|Social Structures and Retirement|
|The Future of Retirement|
|Housing and Transportation|
|An Ecological Model of Housing|
|The Future of Housing|
|Leisure, Recreation, and Education|
|New Activities in Old Age|
|Community Service and Volunteer Work|
|Family Life and Social Support-|
|Death and Dying|
|Death and Society|
|Death in Old Age|
|Changes in the Treatment of the Dying|
|Mourning and Grief|
|Politics and Policies|
|Holding Political Office|
|Government and Aging Policy|
|The Future of Aging, Politics, and Policy|
|Appendix Gerontology Care|
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