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Issues in Aging, 3rd Edition

By Mark Novak

Published by Routledge

Published Date: Oct 11, 2011

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Opportunities and optimism in Aging. Issues in Aging, 3rd edition takes an optimistic view of aging and human potential in later life. This book presents the most up-to-date facts on aging today, the issues raised by these facts, and the societal and individual responses that will create a successful old age for us all. Mark Novak presents the full picture of aging--exhibiting both the problems and the opportunities that accompany older age. The text illustrates how generations are dependent on one another and how social conditions affect both the individual and social institutions.

Learning Goals
-Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:
-Understand how large-scale social issues--social attitudes, the study of aging, and demographic issues--affect individuals and social institutions
-Identify the political responses to aging and how individuals can create a better old age for themselves and the people they know
-Separate the myths from the realities of aging
-Recognize the human side of aging
-Trace the transformation of pension plans, health, and opportunities for personal expression and social engagement to the new ecology of aging today

Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:  1.) BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS  2.) FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS  BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:  Chapter 1:  Aging Today  Chapter 2:  Theories and Methods  Chapter 3:  Demography  Chapter 4:  Personal Health and Well-Being  Chapter 5:  The Life Course  Chapter 6:  Race and Ethnicity  Chapter 7:  Retirement and Work  Chapter 8: Housing and Transportation  Chapter 9: Leisure, Recreation, and Education  Chapter 10: Family Life and Social Support  Chapter 11: Social Support  Chapter 12: Death and Dying  FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS:  Chapter 1: Aging Today  Why Study Aging?  Ageism  Culture as A Source of Ageism  The Media as a Source of Ageism  Lack of Knowledge as a Source of Ageism  Some Facts on Aging Today  Victimization by Fraud  Effects of Victimization  Fear of Crime  The Ageless Self: Another Form of Ageism  Responses to Ageism  Change on the Horizon  The Media  The Senior Market: A New Image of Aging  Education Programs  Intergenerational Programs  Legislation and Social Action  Conclusion  Summary  Discussion Questions  Suggested Reading  Websites to Consult  Chapter 2: Theories and Methods  The Study of Aging: Past and Present  Early Developments in Research  Gerontology Research Today  Is Gerontology A Discipline?  Theories of Aging  Two Levels of Theories  Three Theoretical Perspectives  Interpretive Perspective  Critique of the Interpretive Perspective  Functionalist Perspective  Age Stratification Theory: An Example of the Functionalist Perspective  Individual Aging  Societal Change  Critique of the Functionalist Perspective  Conflict Perspective  Critique of the Conflict Perspective  New Developments in Theory  Experimental Designs  Cross-Sectional Designs  Longitudinal Designs  Quantitative and Qualitative Methods  The Humanities  Information Literacy: The Challenge of the Internet  Ethical Issues in Research  The Future of Gerontological Theory and Methods  Conclusion  Summary  Discussion Questions  Suggested Reading  Websites to Consult  Chapter 3: Demography  The Challenge of Population Aging  What Is Population Aging  The Demographic Transition  Three Types of Societies and Population Aging  The Less Developed Nations  China: A Case study of Population Aging in a Developing Nation  The Least Developed Nations  Ghana: A Case Study of Population Aging in a Least Developed Nation  Summary of Aging in Developing and Least Developed Nations  The developed nations  Japan: A Case Study of Population Aging in a Developed Nation  Population Aging in the United States  Increased Numbers of Older People  Increased Proportion of Older People  The Causes of Population change  Migration  Death Rates  Birth Rates  The Challenges of an Aging Population  The Aging of the Older Population  Ethnic and Racial Variations  Regional Distribution  Accumulation  Recomposition  Congregation  Interstate Migration  Amenity Migration  Retirement  Moderate Disability  Major Chronic Disability  Urban-Rural Distribution  Changes in the Sex Ratio  The Impact of Population Aging  Support (or Dependency Ratios)  Critique of Dependency Ratios  Conclusion  Summary  Discussion Questions  Suggested Reading  Websites to Consult  Chapter 4: Personal Health and Well-Being  Biological Aging  Theories of Biological Aging  Programmed Theories  Programmed Senescence  Endocrine and Immunological Theory  Error Theories  Somatic Mutation Theory  Cross-Linking Theory  Free Radicals Theory  Other Theories  The Effects of Aging on Body Systems  Musculoskeletal System  Sensory Changes  Taste, Smell, and Touch  Sight  Hearing  Personal Health and Illness 


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