Introduction to Aging: A Positive, Interdisciplinary Approach

Introduction to Aging: A Positive, Interdisciplinary Approach

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Introduction to Aging: A Positive, Interdisciplinary Approach by Judith A. Sugar, Robert Riekse, Henry Holstege, Michael Faber

"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.

Key Features:

  • 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826108845
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 429,079
File size: 3 MB

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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About the Authors
Acknowledgements
Dedication
Preface

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

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