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Encyclopedia of Health and Aging


© 2007 | 680 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"The Encyclopedia of Aging and Health is both a comprehensive reference of best practices across gerontology-related fields and a philosophical work that inspires its readers to embrace a loftier and more global view of aging beyond disability and medications."
—Gerontologist


As an ever increasing percentage of the population of western societies enters "old age," health issues grow in importance in terms of the well-being of this population, economic impact within the health-care system, impacts on families and family relationships, and so many other ways. The Encyclopedia of Health and Aging presents state-of-the-art research and ready-to-use facts on health and aging.

This one-volume resource captures some of the excitement of the research in the field in terms of new findings as well as conceptual developments guiding research, practice, and policy. With more than 200 entries, it covers the biological, psychological, social, and economic aspects of health and aging and impacts within the health-care system. This Encyclopedia also focuses heavily on geriatrics with respect to geriatric syndromes and common diseases of aging.

Key Features
  • Addresses a full spectrum of topics, including acute illness, Alzheimer's disease, bereavement, economic dependency, health-care costs, health promotion, hospice care, long-term care, medications, nursing homes, optimal aging, public policy, quality of life, spousal care-giving, widowhood, and much more
  • Discusses landmark studies such as (Duke Longitudinal Studies, the Established Populations for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly, Health and Retirement Study, and the National Long Term Care Survey) as well as important programs (Social Security, Meals on Wheels, and Medicaid/Medicare, etc.)
  • Offers cross-disciplinary coverage with contributions from the fields of gerontology, epidemiology, health psychology, biology, sociology, health and medicine, and public policy
  • Provides health and aging issues from around the world including Mexico, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand
  • Includes a list of 45 online resources on health and aging

Key Themes:  
  • Aging and the Brain
  • Diseases and Medical Conditions
  • Drug Related Issues
  • Function and Syndromes
  • Mental Health and Psychology
  • Nutritional Issues
  • Physical Status
  • Prevention and Health Behaviors
  • Sociodemographic and Cultural Issues
  • Studies of Aging and Systems of Care

The Encyclopedia of Health and Aging is a must-have reference for any academic, as it appeals to a broad audience such as scholars within programs of gerontology and health, graduate students, members of the media, policy makers and health-care advocates, and the general reader.

"This is a ready reference tool for those studying health and aging in the United States and abroad. The "Reader's Guide" at the start organizes the entries by key themes to help users navigate the set more efficiently. Bottom Line with entries contributed by a wide range of experts in the areas of biology, psychology, sociology, and economics as related to health and aging, this resource will prove useful to anyone working with the aging population-even the layperson with a basic understanding of some of the more complicated terminology. As such, it should be acquired by any library serving those working with the elderly."

Sara Marcus
Queens College

"This resource will prove useful to anyone working with the aging population. As such, it should be acquired by any library serving those working with the elderly."

Sara Marcus
Queens College

"Encyclopedia of Healing and Aging is an important and core addition to professional, academic, governmental, and community library Health and Aging reference collections."

Midwest Book Review
Key features
  • More than 230 entries cover biological, psychological, social, and economic aspects of health and aging and impacts within the helathcare system, with topics ranging from Alzheimer's Disease to economics of aging to managed care, stroke, widowhood, and more.
  • Entries describe landmark studies (e.g., Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging) as well as important programs relevant for an aging population (Medicare/Medicaid, Meals-on-Wheels, etc.).
  • A helpful appendix provides an annotated listing of online resources and organizations pertinent to the topic of health and aging.
  • Coverage is cross-disciplinary, with contributions from the fields of gerontology, health psychology, biology, sociology, health and medicine, and public policy.
  • Entries are written in an accessible style and format to appeal to as broad an audience as possible:  scholars within programs of gerontology and health, college and university students, members of the media, policy makers and healthcare advocates, and the general reader.

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ISBN: 9781412909495

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