Aging and Later Life: Growing Old in Modern Society

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Dr. Aiken's primary purpose in writing this book is to identify and review what is known about aging and maturity and the methods by which such information and the resulting practical guidelines for dealing with the problems and possibilities of later life are obtained. The author accomplishes this through a nontechnical approach to the subject matter, although a certain amount of specialized language is included. In order to facilitate one's understanding of concepts and ideas, the reader may refer to the ...
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Overview

Dr. Aiken's primary purpose in writing this book is to identify and review what is known about aging and maturity and the methods by which such information and the resulting practical guidelines for dealing with the problems and possibilities of later life are obtained. The author accomplishes this through a nontechnical approach to the subject matter, although a certain amount of specialized language is included. In order to facilitate one's understanding of concepts and ideas, the reader may refer to the "Suggested Readings" at the end of each chapter, in addition to the glossary, subject index, and appendices containing relevant organizations and web sites. There is a "Questions and Activities" section at the end of each chapter for the reader to experience the physical, psychological, and social development and the problems and possibilities of older adulthood. The book will also be of interest to young adults who are interested in careers in gerontology, geriatrics, geropsychology, and related fields. Suggestions and guidelines for acting and interacting with older adults have also been provided. Topics include: longevity and life expectancy; physical structure and functioning; illness and health care; cognitive abilities; personality theory; sex and marriage; social status; employment and retirement; living environments and activities; crime and legal affairs; and a discussion on death and bereavement. This book will be a valuable resource for geriatric professionals, gerontologists, psychologists, sociologists, and undergraduate college students.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780398071769
  • Publisher: Thomas, Charles C. Publisher, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 422

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