This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of aging. This book highlights the enormous diversity in the experience of old age in America and provides a strong emphasis on issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and culture. It takes as a point of departure the understanding that aging need not be harsh or ruthless, and dispels myths about old people and the aging process. For professionals working with the elderly.
|Publisher:||Allyn & Bacon, Inc.|
|Edition description:||2nd ed|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)|
Table of Contents
Each chapter concludes with "Summary," "Study Questions," and "References."
I. INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF AGING.
1. First the Good News...The Myths of Aging.
Debunking the Myths.
2. The Study of Aging.
Why Study Aging.
Defining the Field.
The History of Aging.
Methodological Issues in Aging Research.
3. The Demography of Aging.
Number and Proportion of the Elderly.
Aging of the Older Population.
The Demographic Transition.
The Dependency Ratio.
Sex, Race and Ethnic Composition.
II. BIOMEDICAL ASPECTS OF AGING.
4. What are the Results of Aging? (Cary S. Kart, Eileen S. Metress, and Seamus P. Metress).
Age-Related Physiological Changes.
Sexuality and Aging.
5. Why Do People Become Old? (Cary S. Kart and Eileen S. Metress).
Cellular Theories of Aging.
Physiological Theories of Aging.
6. Health Status of the Elderly.
Activities of Daily Living.
Is There Compression of Morbidity?
The Medical Model.
Attribution of Illness.
III. AGING IN PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVE.
7. Psychological Aspects of Aging.
Human Development Across the Life Span.
Age-Related Psychological Changes.
8. Social Aspects of Aging.
The Life Course Perspective.
Socialization and SocialRoles.
Life Stress and Adaptation.
9. Sociological Theories of Aging.
Aging and the Individual.
Aging and Society.
IV. THE AGED AND SOCIETY.
10. Aging and Family Life.
Old Age and the American Family: A Look Backward.
The Family in Contemporary Society.
Parents and Their Adult Children.
The Family Life Cycle.
11. The Economics of Aging.
The Economic Status of the Elderly.
The Adequacy of Aged Income.
The Social Security System.
12. Work, Retirement and Leisure.
The Older Worker.
13. The Politics of Aging.
Political Participation and Age.
Political Orientations and Attitudes of Older Persons.
Are the Aged a Favored Constituency?
Are the Elderly a Political Force?
The Future of Old Age Politics: Age versus Need Entitlement.
14. Religion and Aging.
In the Beginning...
Functions of Religion.
Age and Religious Commitment.
Religion, Aging and Health.
V. SPECIAL ISSUES IN AGING.
15. Racial and Ethnic Aging.
Minority AgingA Case of Double Jeopardy?
Aging and the Minority Experience.
16. Living Environments of the Elderly.
The Impact of Environment on Older People.
Where Do the Elderly Live?
Federal Support of Housing for the Elderly.
17. Long-Term Care (Ruth E. Dunkle and Cary S. Kart).
Long-Term Care Needs and Patterns of Utilization.
The Duality of Informal and Formal Supports.
The Logic of Formal Care.
The Decision to Institutionalize an Older Person.
Institutional Effects: Real or Imaginary?
The Quality of Long-Term Care.
18. Health Policy and Aging.
Use of Services.
Explaining Use of Health and Medical Services.
Paying for Medical Care.
Health Policy: Is There a Crisis in Medical Care Financing?
Health Policy: Long-Term Care Issues.
Toward a Political Economy of Health and Aging.
19. Death and Dying (Cary S. Kart and Eileen K. Metress).
Aging and the Meaning of Death.
Grief and Bereavement.
The Dying Process.
The Where of Dying.
Termination of Treatment.
Epilogue: Careers in the Aging Network.
Geriatric Social Workers.