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Aging
Concepts and Controversies

Ninth Edition


© 2018 | 608 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Presenting current research in an innovative text-reader format, Aging: Concepts and Controversies, Ninth Edition encourages students to become involved and take an informed stand on the major aging issues we face as a society. Not simply a summary of research literature, this text focuses on controversies and questions, rather than on assimilating facts or arriving at a single "correct" view about aging and older people. Drawing on their extensive expertise, the authors first provide an overview of aging in three domains: aging over the life course, health care, and the socioeconomic aspects of aging. Each section is followed by a series of edited readings, offering different perspectives from experts and specialists on that subject.

 
Preface
 
Prologue
 
About the Authors
 
Basic Concepts I. A Life Course Perspective on Aging
Age Identification  
The Stages of Life  
The Life Course and Aging  
Traditional Theories of Aging  
Influences on the Life Course  
Aging in the 21st Century  
The Biology of Aging  
Aging and Psychological Functioning  
Conclusion  
 
Controversy 1. Does Old Age Have Meaning?
The Meaning of Age  
Leisure Activities in Later Life  
Religion and Spirituality  
Gerontology and the Meaning of Age  
Activity or Reflection?  
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate  
 
Controversy 2. Why Do Our Bodies Grow Old?
The Process of Biological Aging  
Biological Theories of Aging  
Is Aging Inevitable?  
Ways to Prolong the Life Span  
Compression or Prolongation of Morbidity?  
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate  
 
Controversy 3. Do Intelligence and Creativity Decline With Age?
Elements of Cognitive Function  
The Classic Aging Pattern  
Measures of Late-Life Intelligence  
Studies of Age and Cognitive Function  
Correlates of Cognitive Stability  
Creativity in an Aging Population  
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate  
 
Basic Concepts II. Aging, Health Care, and Society
The Challenge of Longevity  
Epidemiology of Aging  
Economics of Health Care  
Long-Term Care  
Self-Determined Death  
Conclusion  
 
Controversy 4. Should We Ration Health Care for Older People?
Precedents for Health Care Rationing  
The Justification for Age-Based Rationing  
Rationing as a Cost-Saving Plan  
The Impetus for Rationing  
Cost Versus Age  
Alternative Approaches to Rationing  
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide  
The Debate Over Age-Based Rationing  
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate  
 
Controversy 5. Should Families Provide for Their Own?
Aging and the American Family  
Abandonment or Independence?  
Family Responsibility  
Medicaid and Long-Term Care  
Financing Long-Term Care  
Medicaid Planning  
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate  
 
Controversy 6. Should Older People Be Protected From Bad Choices?
The Vulnerabilities of Older People  
Interfering When People Make Bad Choices  
Elder Abuse and Neglect  
Perceptions of Quality of Life  
Sexuality in Later Life  
Crime and Older Adults  
Intervention in the Lives of Vulnerable Older Adults  
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate  
 
Controversy 7. Should People Have the Choice to End Their Lives?
Depression and Suicide  
The “Right to Die”  
Outlook for the Future  
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate  
 
Basic Concepts III. Social and Economic Outlook for an Aging Society
The Varieties of Aging Experience  
The Economic Status of Older Americans  
Public Policy on Aging  
Conclusion  
 
Controversy 8. Should Age or Need Be the Basis for Entitlement?
A Tale of Two Generations  
Justice Between Generations  
The Least-Advantaged Older Adults  
Help for Those Most in Need  
The Targeting Debate  
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate  
 
Controversy 9. What Is the Future for Social Security?
Main Features of Social Security  
Success—and Doubt  
Pay as You Go  
Social Security Trust Fund  
Eligibility  
Privatization  
Women and Social Security  
Debate Over Social Security  
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate  
 
Controversy 10. Is Retirement Obsolete?
History of Retirement  
Origins of Late-Life Leisure  
Changes in the American Economy  
A New View of Retirement  
Debate Over Retirement Policy  
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate  
 
Controversy 11. Aging Boomers: Boom or Bust?
Who Are the Boomers?  
What Is a Generation? Age-Period-Cohort Analysis  
Social Construction of the Boomer Phenomenon  
Boomers in the Years Ahead  
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate  
 
Controversy 12. The New Aging Marketplace: Hope or Hype?
The New Customer Majority  
Market Sectors Likely to Grow  
What Do Older Consumers Want?  
Limits of the Marketplace Model  
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate  
 
Epilogue: Finding Your Place in an Aging Society
 
Appendix: How to Research a Term Paper in Gerontology
 
Glossary
 
Bibliography
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Resources
  • Microsoft® Word test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for use when creating the syllabi for your courses.
  • Suggested course projects are designed to promote students’ in-depth engagement with course material.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
  • Each chapter includes audio links related to important topics and designed to supplement key points within the text. Carefully selected, web-based video links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics. When relevant, related questions for discussion are included.
Student Resources
  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
  • Each chapter includes audio links, covering important topics and designed to supplement key points within the text.
  • Carefully selected, video links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide your interpretation.
Key features

 NEW TO THIS EDITION: 

  • Controversy 8 (Health Trends in the Elderly Population) includes new readings by Gary Burtless and Robert J. Samuelson, with opposing viewpoints on whether current federal spending on the elderly is sustainable and fair to other groups.
  • Controversy 12 (The New Aging Marketplace) includes a new reading on how older consumers are reshaping the business landscape, and the challenges of marketing and selling to customers 60 and over.
  • More emphasis is placed on how social class and inequality earlier in life can shape our final years, and the number of older Americans living in poverty.
  • The section on Aging and Health Care has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest data about chronic diseases that affect the elderly, government spending on health care, and policy changes to programs like Medicaid and Medicare.
  • The section on the Social and Economic Outlook for an Aging Society gives the most current picture of the racial and ethnic diversity of older Americans, their participation in the labor force, and their income and wealth.


KEY FEATURES:

  • Embraces current controversies in the broad area of aging, including health care, socioeconomic trends, and the life course.
  • Controversy 11 focuses on a timely subject, Aging Boomers: Boom or Bust?, presenting arguments on both the “boom” and the “bust” sides of the issue along with carefully selected readings.
  • Includes “Focus on Practice” and “Focus on the Future” sections that pique students' interest and help them apply concepts to real world issues.
  • “Urban Legends in Aging” feature in each chapter explores common stereotypes about aging and the aging population.
  • “Global Perspective” sections provide examples of lived experiences and social policies in other countries.

Sample Materials & Chapters

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