1. An Introduction to Human Aging 2. Research Methods and Issues Part I: Aging and Our Bodies 3. Physical Aspects of Aging 4. Theories of Senescence and Aging 5. Health and Longevity Part II: Aging and Our Mind 6. Sensation, Perception, and Slowing with Age 7. Memory and Cognition 8. Intelligence, Wisdom, and Creativity Part III: Aging and Our Selves 9. Personality and Coping 10. Relationships 11. Work and Retirement Part IV: Aging and Our Survival 12. Psychopathology 13. Healthy/Helpful Environments 14. Death and Bereavement Part V: Aging and You 15. Looking to the Future
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.
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