Aging : Concepts and Controversies

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-04
  • Publisher: Pine Forge Press
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The sixth edition of this student friendy textbook provides both a thorough explanation of the issues, as well as current research and controversies, exploring health care, socioeconomic trends, and the life course.This thoroughly revised new edition contains nine new readings, over 35 new photographs and an instructor'sresource CD.

Table of Contents

About the Author/Editor
Note to Students
A Life Course Perspective On Aging
Age Identification
The Stages of Life
The Life Course and Aging
Life Transitions
Theories of Aging
Modernization Theory
Disengagement Theory
Activity Theory
Influences on the Life Course
Social Class and Life History
Social Institutions and Policies
Aging in the 21st Century
Time and the Life Course
The Moral Economy of the Life Course
The Biology of Aging
The New Science of Longevity
Mechanisms of Physical Aging
Wear and Tear
Free Radicals
The Immune System
Aging and Psychological Functioning
Self-concept and Social Relationships
Social Roles
Cognitive Functioning
Toward a New Map of Life
Does Old Age Have Meaning?
The Meaning of Age
Leisure Activities in Later Life
Changing Leisure Participation Patterns
Explaining Patterns of Leisure
Religion and Spirituality
Spiritual Practice and Religious Participation Over the Life Course
Spiritual Belief, Religious Participation, and Well-Being
Spirituality and the Search for Meaning
Social Gerontology and the Meaning of Age
The Meaning of Aging in the 21st Century
Activity or Reflection?
Focus on Practice: Reminiscence and Life Review
The Coming of Age
Vital Involvement in Old Age
Successful Aging
The Measure of My Days
Why Do Our Bodies Age?
The Process of Biological Aging
Biological Theories of Aging
Wear-and-Tear Theory
Autoimmune Theory
Aging-Clock Theory
Cross-Linkage Theory
Free Radicals
Cellular Theory
Is Aging Inevitable?
Ways to Prolong the Life Span
Environmental Approach
Genetic Approach
Compression or Prolongation of Morbidity?
Focus on Practice: Health Promotion
Why Do We Live As Long As We Do?
Vitality and Aging: Implications of the Rectangular Curve
We Will Be Able to Live to 1,000
Don't Fall for the Cult of Immortality
The Compression of Morbidity Hypothesis: A Review of Research and Prospects for the Furure
Health Trends in the Elderly Population: Getting Better and Getting Worse
Focus on the Future: "I Dated a Cyborg!"
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate
Does Intellectual Functioning Change With Age?
Elements of Cognitive Functioning
The Classic Aging Pattern
Measures of Intelligence in Later Life
Studies of Age and Cognitive Function
Memory and Aging
Correlates of Cognitive Stability
Mature Cognition
Focus on Practice: Older-Adult Education
Age and Achievement
Age and Achievement: A Critique
Growing Old or Living Long: Take Your Pick
The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain
Focus on the Future: Late-life Learning in the Information Society
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate
Aging, Health Care, and Society
The Challenge of Longevity
The Case of the Struldbruggs
Normal Aging
Longevity and Disease
Epidemiology of Aging
Major Diseases in Old Age
Responses to the Geriatric Diseases
Economics of Health Care
Reimbursement Systems
Prospects for the Future
Long-term Care
Housing for Older Adults
Chronic Care in Old Age
Functional Assessment
The Continuum of Care
Paying for Long-term Care: An American Dilemma
Self-Determined Death
Late-Life Suicide
Should We Ration Health Care for Older People?
Precedents for Health Care Rationing
The Justification for Age-Based Rationing
Rationing as a Cost-Savings Plan
The Impetus for Rationing
Cost Versus Age
Alternative Approaches to Rationing
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
The Debate Over Age-Based Rationing
Focus on Practice: Managed Care
Why We Must Set Limits
Pricing Life: Why It's Time for Health Care Rationing
The Pied Piper Returns for the Old Folks
Letting Individuals Decide
Aim Not Just for Longer Life, but Expanded "Health Span"
Focus on the Future: Scenarios for Rationing: Fiction or Forecast?
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate
Should Families Provide for Their Own?
Aging and the American Family
Abandonment or Independence?
Family Responsibility
Medicaid and Long-Term Care
Financing Long-Term Care
Medicaid Planning
Focus on Practice: Long-Term Care Insurance
Medicaid and Long-Term Care
Shame of the Rich: Making Themselves Poor
The Fallacy of Impoverishment
The Case Against Paying Family Caregivers: Ethical and Practical Issues
For Love and Money: Paying Family Caregivers
Focus on the Future: Genetic Screening for Alzheimer's Disease?
Questions to Ponder
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate
Should Older People Be Protected From Bad Choices?
The Vulnerabilities of Older People
Interfering When People Make Bad Choices
Elder Abuse and Neglect
Perceptions of Quality of Life
Sexuality in Later Life
Crime and Older Adults
Intervention in the Lives of Vulnerable Older People
Focus on Practice: Adult Protective Services
The Right to Freedom From Restraints
Ethical Dilemmas in Elder Abuse
A Legal Perspective on Elder Abuse
Elder Self-Neglect: A Blurred Concept
Focus on the Future: Inheritance in an Aging Society
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate
Should Older People Have The Choice To End Their Lives?
Depression and Suicide
The "Right to Die"
Outlook on the Future
Focus on Practice: Advanced Directives
Why Do People Seek Physician-Assisted Death?
A Time to Die: The Place for Physican Assistance
Last Rights: Aunty's Story
Neither for Love or Money: Why Doctors Must Not Kill
Focus on the Future: Neighborhood Suicide Clinics?
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate
Social And Economic Outlook for An Aging Society
The Varieties of Aging Experience
Social Class
Race and Ethnicity
Gender and Aging
Multiple Jeopardy
Economic Well-Being
The Economic Status of Older Americans
Sources of Retirement Income
Changing Financial Outlook
Public Policy on Aging
The Aging Network
Aging Interest Groups
Trends in Public Policy and Aging
Should Age Or Need Be The Basis for Entitlement?
A Tale of Two Generations
Generational Equity
Poverty Among the Old
Poverty Among Children and Young People
The Dependency Ratio
Taxation and Generational Accounting
Power and Competition for Scarce Resources
The Least-Advantaged in the Older Population
Help for Those Most in Need
The Targeting Debate
Focus on Practice: Intergenerational Programs
Growing Older
Gray Dawn: Target Benefits on the Basis of Need
"Generational Equity" and the New Victim Blaming
The Generational Equity Debate
Focus on the Future: Walled Retirement Villages?
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate
What Is The Future for Social Security?
Main Features of Social Security
Success-and Doubts
Pay as You Go
Social Security Trust Fund
Women and Social Security
Debate Over Security
Focus on Practice: Investment Decisions For Retirement Income
How to Save Social Security: A Balanced Approach
The Necessity and Desirability of Social Security Reform
Social Security Reform and Benefit Adequacy
Social Security for Yesterday's Family?
Focus on the Future: Two Scenarios for the Future of Social Security
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate
Is Retirement Obsolete?
History of Retirement
Origins of Late-Life Leisure
Changes in the American Economy
A New View of Retirement
Productive Aging
Debate Over Retirement Policy
Focus on Practice: Pre-retirement Planning
Achieving a Productive Aging Society
Prime Time
The Busy Ethic: Moral Continuity Between Work and Retirement
Moving Toward a Creative Retirement
Focus on the Future: The U.S. Wisdom Corps?
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate
Aging Boomers: Boom Or Bust?
Who are the Boomers?
What is a Generation?
Social Constructions of the Boomer Phenomenon
Boomers in the Years Ahead
Focus on Practice: Marketing to Aging Boomers
No Country for Young Men
The Longevity Revolution: As Boomers Become Elders
The Long Baby Boom: An Optimistic Vision for a Graying Generation
Focus on the Future
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate
How to Research a Term Paper in Gerontology
Internet Resources on Aging
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