Issues in Aging / Edition 3

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Opportunities and optimism in Aging. Issues in Aging, 3rd edition takes an optimistic view of aging and human potential in later life. This book presents the most up-to-date facts on aging today, the issues raised by these facts, and the societal and individual responses that will create a successful old age for us all. Mark Novak presents the full picture of aging—exhibiting both the problems and the opportunities that accompany older age. The text illustrates how generations are dependent on one another and how social conditions affect both the individual and social institutions.

Learning Goals
-Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:
-Understand how large-scale social issues—social attitudes, the study of aging, and demographic issues—affect individuals and social institutions
-Identify the political responses to aging and how individuals can create a better old age for themselves and the people they know
-Separate the myths from the realities of aging
-Recognize the human side of aging
-Trace the transformation of pension plans, health, and opportunities for personal expression and social engagement to the new ecology of aging today

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Thank you to the following reviewers:

Eldon Wegner University of Hawaii at Manoa
Maria Claver California State University, Long Beach
Wei Zhang

University of Hawaii at Manoa

“This textbook is excellent in providing a highly readable and highly up-to-date introduction to the field of social gerontology.”

-Eldon Wegner, University of Hawaii at Manoa

“I am very impressed with this text. It presents all of the necessary information in a fresh and modern way.”

-Maria Claver , California State University, Long Beach

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205831951
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 156,842
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Novak is Dean and Associate Vice President of the Department of International and Extended Studies at San Jose State University. He has a taught a course in Aging and Society for over 20 years.

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Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION: 1.) BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS 2.) FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS: Chapter 1: Aging Today Chapter 2: Theories and Methods Chapter 3: Demography Chapter 4: Personal Health and Well-Being Chapter 5: The Life Course Chapter 6: Race and Ethnicity Chapter 7: Retirement and Work Chapter 8: Housing and Transportation Chapter 9: Leisure, Recreation, and Education Chapter 10: Family Life and Social Support Chapter 11: Social Support Chapter 12: Death and Dying FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS: Chapter 1: Aging Today Why Study Aging? Ageism Culture as A Source of Ageism The Media as a Source of Ageism Lack of Knowledge as a Source of Ageism Some Facts on Aging Today Victimization by Fraud Effects of Victimization Fear of Crime The Ageless Self: Another Form of Ageism Responses to Ageism Change on the Horizon The Media The Senior Market: A New Image of Aging Education Programs Intergenerational Programs Legislation and Social Action Conclusion Summary Discussion Questions Suggested Reading Websites to Consult Chapter 2: Theories and Methods The Study of Aging: Past and Present Early Developments in Research Gerontology Research Today Is Gerontology A Discipline? Theories of Aging Two Levels of Theories Three Theoretical Perspectives Interpretive Perspective Critique of the Interpretive Perspective Functionalist Perspective Age Stratification Theory: An Example of the Functionalist Perspective Individual Aging Societal Change Critique of the Functionalist Perspective Conflict Perspective Critique of the Conflict Perspective New Developments in Theory Experimental Designs Cross-Sectional Designs Longitudinal Designs Quantitative and Qualitative Methods The Humanities Information Literacy: The Challenge of the Internet Ethical Issues in Research The Future of Gerontological Theory and Methods Conclusion Summary Discussion Questions Suggested Reading Websites to Consult Chapter 3: Demography The Challenge of Population Aging What Is Population Aging The Demographic Transition Three Types of Societies and Population Aging The Less Developed Nations China: A Case study of Population Aging in a Developing Nation The Least Developed Nations Ghana: A Case Study of Population Aging in a Least Developed Nation Summary of Aging in Developing and Least Developed Nations The developed nations Japan: A Case Study of Population Aging in a Developed Nation Population Aging in the United States Increased Numbers of Older People Increased Proportion of Older People The Causes of Population change Migration Death Rates Birth Rates The Challenges of an Aging Population The Aging of the Older Population Ethnic and Racial Variations Regional Distribution Accumulation Recomposition Congregation Interstate Migration Amenity Migration Retirement Moderate Disability Major Chronic Disability Urban-Rural Distribution Changes in the Sex Ratio The Impact of Population Aging Support (or Dependency Ratios) Critique of Dependency Ratios Conclusion Summary Discussion Questions Suggested Reading Websites to Consult Chapter 4: Personal Health and Well-Being Biological Aging Theories of Biological Aging Programmed Theories Programmed Senescence Endocrine and Immunological Theory Error Theories Somatic Mutation Theory Cross-Linking Theory Free Radicals Theory Other Theories The Effects of Aging on Body Systems Musculoskeletal System Sensory Changes Taste, Smell, and Touch Sight Hearing Personal Health and Illness

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