The Encyclopedia of Aging: Fourth Edition, 2-Volume Set

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Linda S. Noelker, PhD, Kenneth Rockwood, MD, FRCPC, Richard L. Sprott, Ph.D.
Springer Publishing Company, Mar 17, 2006 - Medical - 720 pages


Since its inception in 1987, The Encyclopedia of Aging has proven to be the definitive resource for scholars and students across the burgeoning and increasingly interdisciplinary fields of gerontology and geriatrics. Like its three esteemed predecessors, the fourth edition contains concise, readable explorations of hundreds of terms, concepts, and issues related to the lives of older adults, as well as timely coverage of the many new programs and services for the elderly.

Updated, under the distinguished stewardship of editor-in-chief Richard Schulz to reflect the infusion of new information across the scientific disciplines, this new edition brings readers up-to-the-moment significant advances in biology, physiology, genetics, medicine, psychology, nursing, social services, sociology, economics, technology, and political science.

While retaining the format and standard of excellence that marked the first three editions, the fourth edition encompasses a wealth of new information from the social and health sciences. It contains the most current bibliography of an expanding literature, an exhaustive index, and extensive cross references. This much anticipated update of the field's most authoritative resource will take its place as an indispensable reference for specialists and non-specialists across a broad range of disciplines that now comprise the field of aging.



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About the author (2006)

Linda S. Noelker, PhD, joined the Benjain Rose Institute in 1974 as an applied aging researcher and is currently the Senior Vice President for Planning and and Organizational Resources. In that capacity, she oversees the Research Institute and the Institutional Advancement and the Advocacy and Public Policy Departments. She received her MA and PhD from Case Western Reserve, where she is an Adjunct Professor of Sociology. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of "The Gerontologist", the leading journal in applied aging research, practice, and policy. Dr. Noelker holds leadership positions in the American Society of Agin and the Gerontological Society of American and recently received the 2005 American Society on Aging Award for exemplary contributions to the field of aging.

Richard Schulz, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, Epidemiology, Sociology, and Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Director of the University Center for Social and Urban Research, at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also Associate Director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his AB in Psychology from Dartmouth College and his PhD in Social Psychology from Duke University.

He is the recipient of several honors, including the Kleemeier Award for Research on Aging from the Gerontological Society of America, and the Developmental Health Award for Research on Health in Later Life from the American Psychological Association. He also served as Editor of the "Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences". He has spent his entire career doing research and writing on adult development and aging. Funded by numerous NIH institutes for more than two decades, his research has focused on social-psychological aspects of aging, including the role of control as a construct for characterizing life-course development, and the impact of disabling late life disease on patients and their families. This body of work is reflected in publications, which have appeared in major medical ("JAMA, NEJM"), psychology ("Psychological Review, Psychological Bulletin, JPSP"), and aging ("Journal of Gerontology, Psychology and Aging, JAGS, AJGS") journals. He is the Editor-in-Chief of "The Encyclopedia of Aging: Fourth Edition" (Springer Publishing, 2006).

Kenneth Rockwood, MD, FRCPC, is Professor of Medicine (Geriatric Medicine & Neurology), Kathryn Allen Weldon Professor of Alzheimer Disease Research, and the Director of the Geriatric Medicine Research Unit at Dalhousie University. He is a Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Investigator and a member of the CIHR Institute of Aging Advisory Board. He has a longstanding interest in delirium, dementia, and frailty.

Professor Rockwood is author of more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and five books. He is a staff physician in the Department of Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Currently, he is the principal investigator in the Video Imaging Synthesis of Treating Alzheimer's disease (VISTA) study, an investigator-initiated national, multi-center project to identify and track novel treatment effects in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease who are treated with galantamine, an anti-dementia medication.

Kenneth Rockwood is a native of Newfoundland and became a Doctor of Medicine at Memorial University in 1985. He is married to an internationally recognized scientist in the Faculty of Medicine - Susan Howlett, Professor of Pharmacology, and together they have two teenage sons, Michael and James.

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