Understanding Communication and Aging : Developing Knowledge and Awareness

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  • Copyright: 2007-05-08
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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"This interesting, easy-to-read book provides a comprehensive framework for considering communication and aging in the context of biology, sociology, and psychology. This thought provoking book is strongly anti-ageist. It could serve as a broad overview for anyone interested in the myriad of issues related to communication and aging." - CHOICE'úUnderstanding Communication and Aging achieves a nice balance between the facts of growing old, the social forces that shape that process, and the communication factors that connect these two domains. With attention to both research and everyday applications, the text is thorough and inviting. I am delighted that a user-friendly, undergraduate text has finally been produced in the field of communication and aging. This book deserves to be an instant and sustained success.'Ě -Sandra Metts, Illinois State University'úThis book has so many strengths. I am especially pleased with the¬†communication focus and the discussions on cultural issues, new technologies, and identities. I am impressed by Dr. Harwood's creativity and reaching out to learners via the use of info boxes, significant achievement profiles, literary/artistic descriptions, selected detailed summaries of research, and quotations about aging. All of these features auger very well for student learning and enthusiasm. I commend Dr. Harwood for his attention to detail, targeting multiple learning styles, and attending to instructors who value these kinds of features.'Ě -Jim L. Query, Jr., University of Houston'úThe way Professor Harwood ties together theory, research, and everyday experience into a text that is accessible, interesting, and fun to read is impressive. The focus is not merely psychological or interpersonal; the book spans multiple disciplines. This text is the total package!'Ě -Jo Anna Grant, California State University, San BernardinoUnderstanding Communication and Aging is the most accessible introduction to the many ways aging in the 21st century is influenced by human communication processes, from face-to-face conversation to mass media representations. With a lively presentation, author Jake Harwood presents central research findings while engaging students with important questions concerning communication and aging.Key Features Covers the broad area of communication and older adulthood: The book examines key topics such as interpersonal and family relationships in old age, media portrayals of aging, cultural variations in intergenerational communication, and health communication in old age. Shatters the myths and stereotypes of aging: The book's orientation and perspective is on 'úhealthy'Ě living and aging. This anti-ageist approach encourages readers to reexamine their views on aging and become fluent at defending and promoting an anti-ageist ideology. Provides concrete examples: While taking a theoretical approach, the book includes coverage of applied issues such as health communication and age-related prejudice and discrimination.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the study of Aging and Intergenerational Communicationp. 1
Perspectives on Agingp. 3
Why Study Aging?
Approaches to Aging
Biological/Biomedical Approaches
Psychological Approaches
Sociological Approaches
Life-Span Developmental Approaches
Methods for Studying Aging
Keywords and Theories
Discussion Questions
Annotated Bibliography
A Communication Approach to Agingp. 25
Decline in Communication
Normal Aging
Pathological Aging: The Case of Alzheimer's Disease
Counterpoint: A Positive Research Agenda on Aging
Approaches to Communication and Aging
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Communication
Intergroup Communication
Key Propositions Guiding the Book: A Communication Approach
Keywords and Theories
Discussion Questions
Annotated Bibliography
Attitudes About Aging and Interpersonal Communicationp. 47
Stereotypes and Attitudes About Aging and Intergenerational Communicationp. 49
Distinguishing Stereotypes and Attitudes
Attitudes Concerning Aging
Stereotypes of Aging
Age Identity-Talkin' 'Bout My Generation
Social Mobility
Social Creativity
Social Competition
Cognitive Representations of Intergenerational Communication
Why Do Negative Attitudes and Stereotypes Matter?
Keywords and Theories
Discussion Questions
Annotated Bibliography
Aging, Identity, Attitudes, and Intergenerational Communicationp. 73
Communication Accommodation Theory
The Communication Predicament of Aging (CPA) Model
The Age Stereotypes in Interaction Model
Supporting Dependency
Other Dimensions of Accommodation
Age Identity: Disclosing and Concealing Age in Communication
Keywords and Theories
Discussion Questions
Annotated Bibliography
Intragenerational Relationships in Older Adulthoodp. 92
Marital Relationships in Old Age
Intragenerational Friendships in Old Age
Sibling Relationships
Keywords and Theories
Discussion Questions
Annotated Bibliography
Intergenerational Relationships in Older Adulthoodp. 110
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
The Parent-Child Relationship in Older Adulthood
Intergenerational Friendships
Keywords and Theories
Discussion Questions
Annotated Bibliography
Enhancing Communication With Older Adultsp. 126
Change in Young People: The Influence of Intergenerational Contact on Attitudes
Communication and Intergenerational Contact
Perceptions of Variability
Ending the Predicament: The Communication Enhancement Model
Change in Older Adults: Confronting Patronizing Talk
Passive Responses
Aggressive (Confrontational) Responses
Assertive Responses
Humorous Responses
Communication Skills and Communication Training
Keywords and Theories
Discussion Questions
Annotated Bibliography
Social Representations and Mass Communicationp. 147
Mass Communication Portrayals of Older Adultsp. 149
Negative Representation
Lead Versus Peripheral Roles
Messages About the Aging Process
Positive Portrayals
Exceptional Characters
Central Characters
Humorous Characters
Political Power
The Media Industry
Keywords and Theories
Discussion Questions
Annotated Bibliography
Uses and Effects of Mediap. 177
Age Differences in Media Use
Quantity of Television Viewing: Older People as "Embracers" of Television
What Older Adults Watch
Other Media
Uses and Gratifications Theory
Media Effects
Effects on Younger Viewers
Effects on Older Viewers
Older People as "Embracers" of Television?
Keywords and Theories
Discussion Questions
Annotated Bibliography
Culture, Communication, and Agingp. 193
East Asia
South Asia (India)
United States Latino Cultures
Native American Cultures
Globalization and Transcultural Themes
Keywords and Theories
Discussion Questions
Annotated Bibliography
Contexts of Communication in Older Adulthoodp. 219
Health and Health Carep. 221
Physician-Older Patient Interaction
The Nature of Physician-Older Patient Interaction
Physician Factors
Patient Factors
Improving Physician-Older Patient Encounters
Beyond Communication: Other Medical Manifestations of Ageism
Support Groups for Caregivers
Elder Abuse
Additional Topics
Keywords and Theories
Discussion Questions
Annotated Bibliography
Technologyp. 243
Stereotypes of Older Adults' Technological Competence
The Reality of Older Adults' Computer Use
Increasing Use
What Do Older People Do on the Internet?
Identity Functions of Internet Use
Technology and the Workplace
Keywords and Theories
Discussion Questions
Annotated Bibliography
Conclusionp. 265
Conclusionp. 267
A Model of Aging in Individual and Societal Context
Chronological Age
Societal Forces
Micro Factors
What Can You Do Now?
Cultural Change
Individual Change
Keywords and Theories
Discussion Questions
Annotated Bibliography
Referencesp. 287
Indexp. 313
About the Authorp. 325
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