A must-have professional reference for researchers and educators in psychology, sociology, anthropology, public health, genetics, medicine, and the biological sciences, this issue of the Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics discusses how complex biological, behavioral, and social systems interact to create and impact health. This knowledge is essential to maintaining positive health outcomes over the life span and across a variety of populations and settings.
With contributions by leading world scientists, this trusted annual volume reviews the current literature and presents examples of how biological factors underlie behavioral factors to impact health in later life. It also offers methods for examining these complex systems of biology and behavior, and explores how social scientists use this information in their research.
Genetic and environmental contributions to Alzheimer's disease and age-associated memory changes
Vascular depression, including cardiovascular implications for mental health
The impact of spirituality on health
Family comorbidity and the family context as a source of health
Stress and coping
Exercise and oxidative damage
Keith E. Whitfield, PhD is Director of the Center on Biobehavioral and Social Aspects of Health Disparities; Director, Developmental Psychology Program; and Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University. He has received numerous awards and honors including the 2007 Leadership Award, GSA Task Force on Minority Issues, and the Allen L. Edwards Endowed Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Whitfield has received or been a part of grants totaling nearly 10 million dollars; authored over 90 professional articles; 20 book chapters; and coedited 3 books, among other accomplishments. His research involves the study of individuals and a twin resulting in ""The Baltimore Study of Black Aging (BSBA)""; the first data collection was designed to examine the influence on everyday cognition and health among African Americans. It continues today, more than 13 years and 2700 interviews later. Dr. Whitfield also developed his own twin study of health and psychosocial factors related to health called the Carolina African American Twin Study of Aging (CAATSA). CAATSA is one of the largest in-person studies of adult African Americans twins. This study examined genetic and environmental contributions to hypertension, smoking, depression, cognitive impairment, and lung function.