Aging and Older Adulthood

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 24, 2011 - Psychology - 504 pages
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Updated and substantially revised, the second edition of Aging and Older Adulthood reflects the most current scientific research and theoretical foundations that contribute to our understanding of aging and older adulthood.
  • Updated content and references include recent neurological findings on brain structure and functioning as well as factors that influence cognitive functioning, health care, decision making, and social relationships
  • Chapter opening vignettes engage students with real world illustrations of older adults, which relate to the concepts to come
  • Applying Research boxes offer examples of current research findings that can be applied to the everyday lives of older adults
  • Understanding Aging boxes highlight phenomena, such as “sundown syndrome” and “end-of-life desires,” which provide a deeper insight into the aging process
  • Integrated themes of diversity, environmental influences on aging, and applications to everyday life relate the story of aging more directly to key concepts
  • New Chapter 13 explores what older adulthood may look like in the future and ties together the author’s theoretical framework with views on positive aging

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Integrated Themes in Aging and Older Adulthood
Preface and Acknowledgments
Theory and Method in Studying Aging and Older
Biological Aging and Health
Sensation Perception and Attention
Intellectual Functioning
Cognition and Problem Solving in the EveLyday
Employment Retirement and Living
Mental Health Psychopathology and Therapy
Coping with Death Dying and Bereavement
Key Points
Aging in the Future
Key Terms
Credits and Sources

Personality and Coping
Social Interaction and Social Ties

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About the author (2011)

Joan T. Erber received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Saint Louis University, after which she completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Aging and Development at Washington University in St. Louis. She is presently Professor of Psychology at Florida International University, and has extensive experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in adult development and aging and conducting research on processes of aging. Her numerous publications focus on aging and memory and how stereotypes of aging influence our perceptions and evaluations of older adults. Her research findings, some of which were funded by grants from the National Institute on Aging, are published in scientific journals such as Psychology and Aging, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, and Experimental Aging Research. She has served on editorial boards of journals that publish research on aging. Additionally, Erber is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the American Psychological Association (APA). She is a past president of the APA Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging).

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