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Human Aging

By Paul W. Foos, M. Cherie Clark

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Format: Hardcover, 490 pages, 2nd Edition
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 22 December 2007
This text offers a readable and friendly presentation of the important methods, findings, and theories of human aging, while actively involving the reader in meaningful exercises and critical thinking. Students are repeatedly challenged to apply information in the text to the older adults in their own lives. Specifically, suggestions for enhancing the lives of their older relatives are offered and encouraged. These include guidelines for discussions they might have regarding social, emotional, and environmental changes as well encouraging intellectual and social interaction. In this Edition: * Emphasis on the science of the study of aging and why questions in aging are difficult to answer, how social scientists attempt to handle such difficulties, and the successes and failures social scientists have had thus far in answering those questions. * The text also demonstrates how current research findings are now being applied in the real world and/or how they might be applied in the future. * Cross-cultural comparisons and ethnic group comparisons are included wherever possible. * Each chapter begins with "Senior View," which introduces students to a real person and gives them a chance to hear what older adults think and say about important issues related to the chapter and a chance to compare those opinions to the research findings. * Each chapter ends with "Making Choices," emphasizing the important behavioral, emotional, and social choices that students can make now to prolong a healthy, happy life. *"Chapter Projects" offer the opportunity for active learning, as students investigate for themselves an issue related to the chapter. Instructors can expand these projects for students who want to learn more, or for independent study. *"Focus on Aging" boxes compliment the material in the text, providing additional insight and examples, and encouraging critical thinking. * Every chapter includes discussion questions, study questions, chapter exercises, and related online resources.

Table of Contents

1 An Introduction to Human Aging Why Study Human Aging? The Study of Aging. Who is Aging/Who is Old? Stereotypes. Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources2 Research Methods and Issues Guiding Principles and Issues. Theory. Research Methods. Ethics. Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources Part I: Aging and Our Bodies3 Physical Aspects of Aging Individual Differences. Changes in Physical Appearance. Internal Changes. Chronic Conditions. Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources.4 Theories of Senescence and Aging An Overview. Programmed Theories. A Middle Category. Unprogrammed Theories. All of the Above. Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources.5. Health and Longevity Overview. Factors Beyond Our Control. Factors Within Our Control. Other Factors. Social Factors. Quality of Life. Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources. Part II: Aging and Our Minds6 Sensation, Perception, and Slowing with Age Sensation and Perception. Slowing. Falls. Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources.7 Memory and Cognition An Overview of Memory Processing. Memory and Aging. Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources.8 Intelligence, Wisdom, and Creativity Intelligence. Expertise. Wisdom. Creativity. Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources. Part III: Aging and Our Selves9 Personality and Coping An Overview of Personality. Traits. Personal Concerns. Coping. Identity. Personality, Health, and Well-Being. Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources.10 Relationships Social Relations Across the Life Span. Social Support. Family Relationships. Friends. Religion and Spirituality. Isolation and Loneliness. Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources.11 Work and Retirement Work. Retirement. Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources. Part IV: Aging and Our Survival12 Psychopathology Overview. Alcohol Abuse. Depression. Acute Cognitive Disorders. Dementia. Caregiving. Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources.13 Healthy/Helpful Environments Spaces and Places. Person Environment Congruence. Where We Live in Old Age. Community Based Long-Term Care. Retirement Communities and Assisted Living. Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources.14 Death and Bereavement Death. Bereavement. Support. Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources. Part V: Aging and You15 Looking to the Future Principles and Issues. Aging and Well-Being. The Future. Highlights, Questions, Readings, and Internet Resources. ReferencesName IndexSubject Index

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This text offers a readable and friendly presentation of the important methods, findings, and theories of human aging, while actively involving the reader in meaningful exercises and critical thinking. Students are repeatedly challenged to apply information in the text to the older adults in their own lives. Specifically, suggestions for enhancing the lives of their older relatives are offered and encouraged. These include guidelines for discussions they might have regarding social, emotional, and environmental changes as well encouraging intellectual and social interaction. While presenting the latest in research findings, the authors have also strived to keep research interesting for students who may not see themselves as researchers.

About the Author

Paul W. Foos, Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte M. Cherie Clark, Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology, Queens University of Charlotte

EAN: 9780205544011
ISBN: 0205544010
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
Dimensions: 23.7 x 18.31 x 2.46 centimeters (0.87 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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