Issues in Aging

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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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

Aging Today
Why Study Aging?
Culture as a Source of Ageism
Some Facts on Aging Today
Responses to Ageism
Aging Today
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
The Humanities
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
Biological Aging
Theories of Biological Aging
The Effects of Aging on Body Systems
Personal Health and Illness
Compression of Morbidity Hypothesis
Successful Aging
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
Pension Reform
The Future
Retirement and Work
The Social Origins of Retirement
Retirement in the United States Today
Alternatives to Retirement
Personal Responses to Retirement
Preretirement Education
Social Structures and Retirement
The Future of Retirement
Housing and Transportation
Living Arrangements
An Ecological Model of Housing
Housing Options
The Future of Housing
Leisure, Recreation, and Education
New Activities in Old Age
Senior Centers
Community Service and Volunteer Work
Family Life and Social Support-
Death and Dying
Death and Society
Death in Old Age
Institutional Death
Changes in the Treatment of the Dying
Ethical Issues
Mourning and Grief
Politics and Policies
Holding Political Office
Government and Aging Policy
Generational Equity
The Future of Aging, Politics, and Policy
Appendix Gerontology Care
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