Aging: concepts and controversies

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Pine Forge Press, Feb 19, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 475 pages
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Welcome to the worlds most unique and dynamic textbook on aging. Widely praised and adopted, Harry "Rick" Moody has again presented the key concepts and controversies in an engaging and accessible fashion, supported with carefully chosen adapted readings, resulting in the most captivating introduction to gerontology available today.From the opening chapter, the author encourages students to see aging not as a fixed period of life but as a process beginning at birth and extending over the entire life course. The pedagogical design of this book focuses on controversies and questions rather than on assimilating facts or coming up with a single "correct" view about aging or older people. The readings are selected to highlight ongoing debates in the field and to stimulate students to think more deeply about what is at stake in the issues presented.New to this edition:
  • Major revision with the biology of aging and social security receiving special attention
  • Updated and augmented figures and graphics using data from the Year 2000 U. S. Census.
  • 11 new readings
  • A web-based on-line appendix for even more up-to-date information to explore topics in depth.

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Harry R. Moody is a graduate of Yale University and received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University. He has taught philosophy at Columbia University, Hunter College, New York University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. For the past18 years he has been at the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College in the City University of New York, where he is Executive Director. Earlier, at the National Council on Aging in Washington, DC, he served as Co-Director of its National Policy Center. He is the author of over 75 articles and three books: Abundance of Life: Human Development Policies for an Aging Society (1988), Ethics in an Aging Society (1992), and most recently he published The Five Stages of the Soul (1997), a study of spiritual growth in the second half of life. He is known for his work in older adult education and served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Elderhostel. He has also been active in the field of biomedical ethics and is an Adjunct Associate of the Hastings Center, Briarcliff, New York. Dr. Moody is currently the Director of Academic Affairs for AARP in Washington, DC. He also serves as Senior Associate with the International Longevity Center-USA and Senior Fellow of Civic Ventures.

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