"This new textbook creates a paradigm shift with a very practical approach to problem solving. Aging is an asset. Its focus on well care rather than just sick care by understanding physical fitness, sexual fitness, consumer fitness, nutritional fitness and social fitness among others, all point to aging as an asset leading to civic fitness and the potential for intergenerational support. This text may help springboard Gerontology into the 21st Century as the field creating excitement and hope for students and teachers alike."
Cullen T. Hayashida, Ph.D.
Director, Kupuna (Elder) Education Center
Kapi'olani Community College
University of Hawaii
This research-based yet highly engaging textbook for undergraduate and masters-level college students ushers in a new paradigm of aging-that of aging as a positive stage of life. It offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the broad range of topics that comprise gerontology, using theoretical and research-based information while providing engrossing narratives and real examples of new trends, surprising findings, and controversial topics.
The volume dispels many of the myths about aging through careful reporting of facts, issues, and trends. It sheds a positive light on getting older by viewing the elderly and near old as a diverse, capable subset of our population. A discussion of roles in the family, workplace, and greater society along with physical changes, health, sexuality, living environment, work, retirement, and cultural considerations reveal the challenges and opportunities faced by our rapidly aging population.
This text comes with access to PowerPoint slides and an instructor's manual including learning objectives, key terms, test questions, suggested topics for essays and discussion, and suggested classroom activities and homework assignments.
- Conceptualizes aging in America as a positive social revolution with far-reaching consequences
- Dispels negative myths about aging
- Engages the reader with vivid narratives
- Includes practical applications of knowledge throughout the text
- Includes instructor's manual, PowerPoint slides, and resources for additional learning opportunities
- Targeted to the needs of undergraduate and masters-level gerontology students
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About the Author
Judith A. Sugar, PhD, is Associate Professor, School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno. She is a nationally recognized teacher and scholar in gerontology, and has served in leadership roles in prominent professional gerontological organizations, including AGHE, GSA, and APA's Division of Adult Development and Aging. She has chaired the Gerontology program at Colorado State University, and was associate director of the Borun Center for Gerontological Research at UCLA, and the director of Graham and Jean Sanford Center for Aging at the University of Nevada. Dr. Sugar was appointed to the Nevada State Commission on Aging, and chosen as a facilitator for the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. She has been honored with numerous awards including Fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Woman of Achievement by the University of Nevada, and the inaugural award for Distinguished Faculty Scholar by the Sanford Center for Aging. Dr. Sugar has published widely in the fields of psychology, gerontology, and education.
Table of Contents"
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PART I: GROWING OLDER IN THE 21ST CENTURY
- Chapter 1: We Are Growing Older
Chapter 2: The Evolution of Aging
PART 2: THE REALITIES OF GROWING OLDER
- Chapter 3: Physical Changes and the Aging Process
Chapter 4: Health, Wellness, and Normal Aging
Chapter 5: Mental Abilities and Mental Health
Chapter 6: Sexuality and Aging
Chapter 7: Death, Dying, and Bereavement
Chapter 8: Living Environments of Older People
PART 3: THE DIVERSE LIVING CONDITIONS OF OLDER PEOPLE
- Chapter 9: Housing Options for Older People
Chapter 10: Economics of Aging: Work and Older Persons
Chapter 11: Retirement: A Changing American Institution
PART 4: SOCIAL SUPPORT SYSTEMS
- Chapter 12: Primary Support Systems
Chapter 13: Formal Support Systems
Chapter 14: Medical Care, Medicare, and Medications
Chapter 15: Assisted Living/Long-Term Care
PART 5: OLDER PEOPLE AT RISK
- Chapter 16: Older Women and Older Minorities
Chapter 17: Elder Abuse: Crimes/Scams/Cons
PART 6: PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES
- Chapter 18: The Policies and Politics of Aging: A New Paradigm