Aging in a Changing Society

ISBN-10: 1583910093

ISBN-13: 9781583910092

Edition: 2nd 2000 (Revised)

Authors: James A. Thorson
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Description: The field of gerontology, the study of ageing, has emerged as an area of increasing importance. This work is an introduction to the multidisciplinary field of gerontology assuming no prior knowledge of gerontology, sociology or psychology.

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List price: $60.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.936

Preface
Social Aspects of Gerontology
An Aging Population
Introduction
Changing Visions and Values
Changing Numbers
Gradual Change
Migration
Longevity
Life Span and Life Expectancy
Mortality
Conclusion
Questions for Discussion
Sources of Further Information
The Social World of Older People
Attitudes, Norms, and Socialization
Role Loss
Theories of Socialization in Old Age
Role Transitions
Questions for Discussion
Sources of Further Information
Older People and Their Families
Introduction
Families and History
Family Status and Living Arrangements
Gay and Lesbian Aged
The Need for Intimacy
Relationships with Adult Children
The Sandwich Generation
Grandparenting
Conclusion
Questions for Discussion
Minorities and Cultural Diversity
Introduction
Minorities Defined
Gender Issues
Race and Ethnicity
African-American Elderly
Hispanic Elderly
Native American Elderly
Asian-American Elderly
Conclusion
Questions for Discussion
Sources of Further Information
Physical and Psychological Aspects of Gerontology
The Aging Body
Introduction
Physical Theories of Aging
Biological Theories of Aging
Conclusion
Questions for Discussion
Sources of Further Information
Psychological Development
Introduction
Perceptions of Aging
Growth and Development Across the Life Span
Well-Being, Meaning, and Reminiscence
Coping and Adaptation
Learning and Memory
Conclusion
Questions for Discussion
Health and Illness in Later Life
Introduction
Morbidity and Mortality
Causes of Death
Mortality and Chronicity
Functional Ability
Conclusion
Questions for Discussion
Sources of Further Information
Aging and Mental Health
Introduction
Cognitive Impairment in Later Life
Two Cases
Epidemiology of Mental Disorders in Later Life
Affective and Mood Disorders
Paranoia and Schizophrenia
Organic Mental Disorders, Delirium, and Dementia
The Developmentally Disabled Elderly
The Social World of the Disabled
Service Goals
Care Issues
Conclusion
Questions for Discussion
Sources of Further Information
Older People and the Health Care System
Introduction
Acute Medical Care
Long-Term Care
Nursing Home Problems
Conclusion
Questions for Discussion
Sources of Further Information
The End of Life
Introduction
On the Nature of Death
On the Nature of Dying
Bereavement and Widowhood
Suicide
Advocacy and Professional Roles
Conclusion
Questions for Discussion
Sources of Further Information
Societal Issues and Responses
Economics, Work, and Retirement
Introduction
Work and Role Identity
Work and Retirement
Myths and Realities About Older Workers
Retirement and Preparation for Retirement
Pensions and Retirement Incomes
Retirement Environments
Conclusions
Questions for Discussion
Sources of Further Information
Abuse and Neglect
Introduction
The Prevalence of Elder Abuse and Neglect
Material Abuse
Self-Neglect and the Social Context of Abuse
Crime and the Elderly
Conclusion
Questions for Discussion
Sources of Further Information
Older People and the Political World
Introduction
The Older Voter
Interest Groups
Generational Equity
Conclusion
Questions for Discussion
Sources of Further Information
Programs and Services
Introduction
The Idea of Services
Social Security
Medicare
The Aging Network
Community-Based Services
Conclusions and Some Thoughts on the Future
Questions for Discussion
Sources of Further Information
Glossary
References
Author Index
Subject Index
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