When I'm 64

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Overview

By 2030 there will be about 70 million people in the United States who are older than 64. Approximately 26 percent of these will be racial and ethnic minorities. Overall, the older population will be more diverse and better educated than their earlier cohorts. The range of late-life outcomes is very dramatic with old age being a significantly different experience for financially secure and well-educated people than for poor and uneducated people. The early mission of behavioral science research focused on identifying problems of older adults, such as isolation, caregiving, and dementia. Today, the field of gerontology is more interdisciplinary.

When I'm 64 examines how individual and social behavior play a role in understanding diverse outcomes in old age. It also explores the implications of an aging workforce on the economy. The book recommends that the National Institute on Aging focus its research support in social, personality, and life-span psychology in four areas: motivation and behavioral change; socioemotional influences on decision-making; the influence of social engagement on cognition; and the effects of stereotypes on self and others. When I'm 64 is a useful resource for policymakers, researchers and medical professionals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309100649
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 2/23/2006
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Committee report
1 Overview 9
2 The social side of human aging 19
3 Motivation and behavioral change 34
4 Socioemotional influences on decision making : the challenge of choice 54
5 Social engagement and cognition 68
6 Opportunities lost : the impact of stereotypes on self and others 80
Pt. 2 Background papers
Initiatives to motivate change : a review of theory and practice and their implications for older adults 121
A review of decision-making processes : weighing the risks and benefits of aging 145
A social psychological perspective on the stigmatization of older adults 174
Measuring psychological mechanisms 209
Measurement : aging and the psychology of self-report 219
Optimizing brief assessments in research on the psychology of aging : a pragmatic approach to self-report measurement 231
Utility of brain imaging methods in research on aging 240
Research infrastructure 247
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