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Social Gerontology : A Multidisciplinary Perspective

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Edition:
8th
ISBN13:

9780205525614

ISBN10:
020552561X
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
1/1/2008
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon
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Summary

This best-selling, multidisciplinary, social aging text presents positive images of aging while considering the many factors that contribute to how aging individuals experiences life. #xA0; Up-to-date and expanded, this text offers a comprehensive view that presents aging positively, portraying concepts of active aging and resiliency, and defining #x1C;productive aging#x1D; by elaborating on the numerous ways elders contribute to society and their families. Based on the latest research findings, it offers greater depth to critical issues of aging, attending to differences by age and cohort, gender, ethnic minority status, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.

Table of Contents

Preface
The Field Of Social Gerontology
The Growth of Social Gerontology
The Field of Gerontology
Social Gerontology
What Is Aging?
A Person-Environment Perspective on Social Gerontology
Organization of the Text
Why Study Aging?
Growth of the Older Population
The Oldest-Old
Dependency Ratios
Population Trends
Worldwide Trends
Impact of Demographic Trends in the United States
Longevity in Health or Disease?
How Aging and Older Adults Are Studied
Formal Development of the Field
Research Methods
Historical and Cross-Cultural Issues in Aging
Old Age Historically
The Effects of Modernization
A Cross-Cultural View of Old Age in Contemporary Societies
Effects of Culture and Modernization Are Still Changing
The Biological And Physiological Context Of Social Aging
The Social Consequences of Physical Aging
Biological Theories of Aging
Can Aging Be Reversed or Delayed?
Research on Physiological Changes with Age
Changes in Sensory Functions
Managing Chronic Diseases and Promoting Well-Being in Old Age
Defining Health
Quality of Life in Health and Illness
Chronic and Acute Diseases
Causes of Death in Older Adults
Common Chronic Conditions
Falls and Their Prevention
Use of Physician Services by Older People
Health Promotion with Older People
The Psychological Context Of Social Aging
Cognitive Changes with Aging
Intelligence and Aging
Factors That May Influence Intelligence in Adulthood
The Process of Learning and Memory
The Information Processing Model
Factors That Affect Learning in Old Age
Age-Related Changes in Memory
Improving Cognitive Abilities in Old Age:Cognitive Retraining, Memory Mediators
Wisdom and Creativity
Personality and Mental Health in Old Age
Defining Personality
Stage Theories of Personality
Trait Theories of Personality
Self-Concept and Self-Esteem
Stress, Coping, and Adaptation
Successful Aging
Mental Disorders among Older Persons
Older Adults Who Are Chronically Mentally Ill
Love, Intimacy, and Sexuality in Old Age
Attitudes and Beliefs about Sexuality in Later Life
Myths and Reality about Physiological Changes and Frequency of Sexual Activity
Women and Age-Related Physiological Changes
Men and Age-Related Physiological Changes
Chronic Disease and Sexual Activity
Gay and Lesbian Partners in Old Age
Psychosocial Factors and Late-Life Affection, Love, and Intimacy
Facilitating Older Adults' Sexual Functioning
The Social Context Of Aging
Social Theories of Aging
The Importance of Social Theories of Aging
Social Gerontological Theory before 1961: Role and Activity
The First Transformation of Theory
Alternative Theoretical Perspectives
Recent Developments in Social Gerontological Theory: The Second Transformation
The Importance of Social Supports: Family, Friends, and Neighbors
The Nature and Function of Informal Supports
Growth of the Multigenerational Family
Older Partners
Sibling Relationships
Never-Married Older People
Childless Older Adults
Other Kin
Intergenerational Relationships: Adult Children
Grandparenthood and Great-Grandparenthood
Friends and Neighbors as Social Supports
Interventions to Strengthen or Build Social Supports
Relationships with Pets
Opportunities and Stresses of I
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