Issues in Aging

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Routledge, Feb 2, 2018 - Social Science - 826 pages
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Issues in Aging combines social, psychological, biological, and philosophical perspectives to present a multifaceted picture of aging. Novak illustrates both the problems and the opportunities that accompany older age. This text helps students understand the tremendous variability in aging and introduces them to careers working with older adults.

This new edition reflects the continued changes in the way we age. The fourth edition has been updated to include emerging issues in aging. These include the prevalence of HIV/AIDs in later life, current research on mental potential in old age, the creation of age-friendly cities, and new options for end-of-life care.

Each chapter begins with a set of learning objectives to guide students in their reading, and concludes with a list of main points, questions for discussion or study, suggested readings, and relevant web sites to consult. Each chapter also includes up-to-date charts and graphs as well as key terms to help students understand the issues presented. Break out boxes reveal the human side of aging through the stories of individuals in real life and in the media.


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Theories and Methods
Three Theoretical Perspectives
Ethical Issues in Research
Age Differences and Income Gender and Income Marital Status
Pension Reform
The Future
Retirement and Work
Housing and Transportation
Housing Options
The Future of Housing

The Developed Nations
The Causes of Population Change
The Impact of Population Aging
Personal Health and WellBeing
Compression of Morbidity Hypothesis
Antiaging Medicine and Science
The Psychology of Aging
New Models of Mental Ability in Later Life
Social Psychological Change
Race and Ethnicity
Three Theories on Minority Group Aging
Responses to Minority Group Aging
The Health Care System
A Response to Older Peoples Needs
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Finances and Economics
Leisure Recreation and Education
New Activities in Old
Senior Centers
Community Service and Volunteer Work
Family Life and Relationships
Marriage and Widowhood
The Future of the Family
Social Support
The Future of Social Supports
Death and Dying
Politics and Policies
Civic Engagement
Works Consulted
Glossary of Terms

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About the author (2018)

Mark Novak is Professor of Sociology at California State University Bakersfield

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