Psychology of Ageing An Introduction

ISBN-10: 184905245X
ISBN-13: 9781849052450
Edition: 5th 2012 (Revised)
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Description: Now expanded to cover new topics and research, this comprehensive book is intended as a layperson's introduction to the psychology of ageing.

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Book details

List price: $29.99
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Limited
Publication date: 5/15/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

Now expanded to cover new topics and research, this comprehensive book is intended as a layperson's introduction to the psychology of ageing.

Preface
What is Ageing?
Definitions of ageing
Prevalence of ageing - the greying population
Prevalence of ageing - variations
The cost of living longer
Causes of biological ageing
The ageing body
Neuronal changes in later life
Suggested further reading
Measuring Intellectual Change in Later Life
Introduction
Measuring age changes in intelligence
Fluid and crystallised intelligence
Variability in intellectual change
Wisdom
Health, intelligence and the terminal drop model
Disuse theory
Reaction times and the general slowing hypothesis
Brain volume and intellectual skills
The frontal lobe hypothesis
Sensory changes and intelligence
Intelligence with everything?
Attentional deficits in ageing
Conceptual organisation
Creativity in later life
Piagetian conservation
Summary - the bumblebee flies
Suggested further reading
Ageing and Memory
Introduction
Ageing and short-term memory
Ageing and long-term memory
Remote memory
Eyewitness testimony
Text recall
Semantic memory
Episodic memory
Implicit memory
Autobiographical memory and ageing
Prospective memory
Metamemory and ageing
Summary and overview - how does ageing affect memory?
Another reality check
Suggested further reading
Ageing and Language
Introduction
The role of reading in older people's lifestyles
Physical constraints
General cognitive constraints
Word recognition
Spelling
Tip of the tongue states
Pronunciation
Semantic processing
Syntactic processing
Story comprehension
Neural compensation
Summary
Suggested further reading
Ageing, Personality and Lifestyle
Introduction
Trait models of personality
Psychoanalytic and type models of personality
Dependency
Attitudes to ageing
Cross-cultural differences
Retirement
Bereavement
Well-being
Psychosocial factors and health
Marriage
Sexuality and ageing
Disengagement and activity theories
The role of the family
Religion and ageing
Summary
Suggested further reading
Mental Health in Later Life
Introduction
Mild cognitive impairment
Dementia
Dementia - a summary
Learning disabilities
Depression
Anxiety
Substance abuse
Personality disorder
Schizophrenia
Overview
Suggested further reading
Problems in Measuring the Psychological Status of Older People
Introduction
Confounding variables and the search for 'pure' ageing
The relevance of findings to everyday life
Unwitting ageism
Death, Dying and Bereavement
Introduction
Death awareness
K�bler-Ross's five stages of dying model
Palliative care
Death
Bereavement and cultural differences
Widowhood
Suicide
Conclusions
Suggested further reading
What is the Future of Ageing?
Introduction
What will constitute being 'old'?
Older people and the technological society
Conclusion
Basic Anatomy of the Nervous System
The neuron
Anatomy of the nervous system
Fluid and Crystallised Intelligence
Basic Psycholinguistic Concepts
The Later Career of Elisabeth K�bler-Ross
Glossary of Technical Terms
References
Subject Index
Author Index

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