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.
Up-to-date and expanded, this text offers a comprehensive view that presents aging positively, portraying concepts of active aging and resiliency, and defining "productive aging" 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.
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COMPREHENSIVE BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS: Part I The Field of Social Gerontology Chapter 1 The Growth of Social Gerontology Chapter 2 Aging in Other Countries and across Cultures in the United States Part II The Biological and Physiological Context of Social Aging Chapter 3 The Social Consequences of Physical Aging Chapter 4 Managing Chronic Diseases and Promoting Well-Being in Old Age Part III The Psychological Context of Social Aging Chapter 5 Cognitive Changes with Aging Chapter 6 Personality and Mental Health in Old Age Chapter 7 Love, Intimacy, and Sexuality in Old Age Part IV The Social Context of Aging Chapter 8 Social Theories of Aging Chapter 9 The Importance of Social Supports: Family, Friends, Neighbors, and Communities Chapter 10 Opportunities and Challenges of Informal Caregiving Chapter 11 Living Arrangements and Social Interactions Chapter 12 Productive Aging: Paid and Nonpaid Roles and Activities Chapter 13 Death, Dying, Bereavement, and Widowhood Chapter 14 The Resilience of Elders of Color Chapter 15 The Resilience of Older Women Part V The Societal Context of Aging Chapter 16 Social Policies to Address Social Problems Chapter 17 Health and Long-Term Care Policy and Programs COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS: Part I The Field of Social Gerontology Chapter 1 The Growth of Social Gerontology The Field of Gerontology Social Gerontology What Is Aging? An Active Aging Framework A Person-Environment Perspective on Social Gerontology Organization of the Text Why Study Aging? Growth of the Older Population The Oldest-Old Support Ratios Population Trends Impact of Demographic Trends Longevity in Health or Disease? How Aging and Older Adults Are Studied Research Methods Chapter 2 Aging in Other Countries and across Cultures in the United States Global Trends The Impact of Modernization on Older Adults' Roles in Traditional Societies A Cross-Cultural View of Elders' Roles in Contemporary Societies Part II The Biological and Physiological Context of Aging Chapter 3 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 Chapter 4 Managing Chronic Diseases and Promoting Well-Being in Old Age Defining Health Quality of Life in Health and Illness Chronic and Acute Diseases Common Chronic Conditions Falls and Their Prevention Use of Physician Services by Older People Health Promotion with Older People Part III The Psychological Context of Aging Chapter 5 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 Wisdom and Creativity Chapter 6 Personality and Mental Health in Old Age Defining Personality Stage Theories of Personality Trait Theories of Personality Self-Concept and Self-Esteem Successful Aging Mental Disorders among Older Persons Psychotherapy with Older Persons Chapter 7 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 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Partners in Old Age Women and Age-Related Physiological Changes Men and Age-Related Physiological Changes Chronic Diseases and Sexuality Psychosocial Factors and Late-Life Affection, Love, and Intimacy Facilitating Older Adults' Intimacy and Sexuality Part IV The Social Context of Aging Chapter 8 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 Chapter 9 The Importance of Social Supports: Family, Friends, Neighbors, and Communities The Nature and Function of Informal Supports The Impact of Informal Networks and Social Supports on Well-Being Growth of the Multigenerational Family Older Partners Childless Older Adults Sibling Relationships 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 Chapter 10 Opportunities and Challenges of Informal Caregiving Who Are Informal Caregivers? Costs and Benefits of Informal Care Caregiver Gains The Gendered Nature of Family Care Spouses/Partners as Caregivers Adult Children/Grandchildren as Caregivers Family Caregivers of Color Caregiving for Persons with Dementia Legislation to Support Family Caregivers Supportive Services for Family Caregivers Elder Mistreatment Placement in Long-Term Care Facilities Underpaid Caregivers: Direct Care Workers Chapter 11 Living Arrangements and Social Interactions Person-Environment Theories of Aging Geographic Distribution of the Older Population Elder-Friendly/Livable Communities Relocation The Impact of the Neighborhood Victimization and Fear of Crime Housing Patterns of Older People Long Term Care Services to Assist Aging in Place Technology to Help Aging in Place Housing Policy and Government Programs Homelessness Aging in Place among Older Prisoners Chapter 12 Productive Aging: Paid and Nonpaid Roles and Activities What Do We Mean by Productive Aging? Definitions and Critique Retirement Employment Status Economic Status: Sources of Income in Retirement Patterns and Functions of Nonpaid Roles and Activities Chapter 13 Death, Dying, Bereavement, and Widowhood The Changing Context of Dying The Dying Process End-of-Life Care The Right to Die or Hastened Death Legal Options Regarding End-of-Life Care Bereavement, Grief, and Mourning Rituals Widowhood Chapter 14 The Resilience of Elders of Color Defining Ethnicity and Culture Research History Older African Americans Older Latinos Older American Indians Older Asian/Pacific Islanders Implications for Services Chapter 15 The Resilience of Older Women Rationale for a Focus on Older Women's Needs Older Women's Economic Status Older Women's Health Status Older Women's Social Status Part V The Societal Context of Aging Chapter 16 Social Policies to Address Social Problems Variations among Policies and Programs Factors Affecting the Development of Policies The Development of Policies for Older People Income Security Programs: Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Private Pensions and Income Tax Provisions Policy Dilemmas Chapter 17 Health and Long-Term Care Policy and Programs Health Care Expenditures for Older Adults Medicare Medicaid Private Supplemental and Long-Term Care Insurance Innovative Programs