Aging and Older Adulthood / Edition 2

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Overview

The second edition of Aging and Older Adulthood reflects the most up-to-date scientific research and theoretical foundations that contribute to our understanding of the aging process and older adulthood. Erber organizes the book around complementary "big point-of-view" theories that focus on successful aging and adaptation, such as the "selective optimization with compensation model" as well as matching a person's competencies with demands of the environment (the "ecological model"). To ensure that students acquire a cohesive understanding of the theories, Erber closes each chapter with a discussion and application of these theoretical models. Integrated with examples of diversity and filled with real-world applications, this engaging text offers the most updated insights and theoretical underpinnings related to our understanding of the human aging process.

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"Aging and Older Adulthood also includes a helpful glossary and bibliography. For anyone working with the older population this title contains a wealth of information and factors to take account of and I would recommend it as a resource.” (Inclusion News, 1 January 2013)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405170055
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 447,316
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan T. Erber is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Florida International University, where she was a recipient of a State University System Professorial Excellence Program (PEP) Award. She has extensive experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in adult development and aging. Her research focuses on aging and memory and how stereotypes influence our perceptions of older adults. Her research has been published in journals such as Psychology and Aging, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, and Experimental Aging Research. Dr. Erber is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the American Psychological Association (APA). She is a past president of the APA’s Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging). Her books include Aging and Older Adulthood, Second Edition, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) and Aging and Older Adulthood (Wadsworth/Cengage, 2005).

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Table of Contents

Integrated Themes in Aging and Older Adulthood

1 Introduction to Aging and Older Adulthood 1

2 Theory and Method in Studying Aging and Older Adulthood 33

3 Biological Aging and Health 63

4 Sensation, Perception, and Attention 101

5 Memory 133

6 Intellectual Functioning 165

7 Cognition and Problem Solving in the Everyday World 199

8 Personality and Coping 231

9 Social Interaction and Social Ties 263

10 Employment, Retirement, and Living Arrangements 295

11 Mental Health, Psychopathology, and Therapy 327

12 Coping with Death, Dying, and Bereavement 357

13 Looking Ahead: Aging in the Future 379

Glossary 389

References 403

Credits and Sources 435

Name Index 440

Subject Index 447

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