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Health, Illness, and Optimal Aging
Biological and Psychosocial Perspectives


© 2004 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

FROM THE FOREWORD by James Birren:

"Gaining understanding of aging is one of the most complex issues facing twenty-first century science. This book addresses the complexity of the factors that interact and influence the course of our longer life expectancy….How we humans grow old is a product of our genetic background as members of a species and our families. But the genome expresses itself in physical and social environments that modulate the appearance of heredity traits. In a sense aging is an ecological problem in which the dynamics are often difficult to explain….This book brings information from the sciences together in a way that is rarely done…..It provides an integration of knowledge about the dynamics of aging and can promote wisdom about how we can modify the life course to our advantage."

 

In Health, Illness, and Optimal Aging: Biological and Psychosocial Perspectives, Carolyn M. Aldwin and Diane F. Gilmer undertake the challenging task of assembling an objective and holistic picture of human aging. The authors provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary coverage of the physical aspects of aging, including age-related changes and disease-related processes, the demography of the aging population, theories of aging, and the promotion of optimal aging. In addition, the book covers the psychosocial aspects of aging, including mental health, stress and coping, spirituality, and care giving in later years.

 

Features of this book:

  • Integrated. Discusses both the biological aspects and psychosocial factors of aging, thus providing integrated coverage of information from the fields of biology, psychology, and the social sciences. Discusses both the biological aspects and psychosocial factors of aging, thus providing integrated coverage of information from the fields of biology, psychology, and the social sciences.
  • Comprehensive. Covers every part of the aging process including the physical effect on the different systems of the human body, quality of life, social support, and health promotion programs. Covers every part of the aging process including the physical effect on the different systems of the human body, quality of life, social support, and health promotion programs.
  • Pedagogical. Examples in each chapter enhance students' understanding of real-life situations, and methodological issues help students become more critical consumers of research and data.Examples in each chapter enhance students' understanding of real-life situations, and methodological issues help students become more critical consumers of research and data. Discusses both the biological aspects and psychosocial factors of aging, thus providing integrated coverage of information from the fields of biology, psychology, and the social sciences. Covers every part of the aging process including the physical effect on the different systems of the human body, quality of life, social support, and health promotion programs. Examples in each chapter enhance students' understanding of real-life situations, and methodological issues help students become more critical consumers of research and data.
  • Discusses both the biological aspects and psychosocial factors of aging, thus providing integrated coverage of information from the fields of biology, psychology, and the social sciences. Covers every part of the aging process including the physical effect on the different systems of the human body, quality of life, social support, and health promotion programs. Examples in each chapter enhance students' understanding of real-life situations, and methodological issues help students become more critical consumers of research and data.
Discusses both the biological aspects and psychosocial factors of aging, thus providing integrated coverage of information from the fields of biology, psychology, and the social sciences. Covers every part of the aging process including the physical effect on the different systems of the human body, quality of life, social support, and health promotion programs. Examples in each chapter enhance students' understanding of real-life situations, and methodological issues help students become more critical consumers of research and data.

Health, Illness and Optimal Aging is recommended for researchers seeking an overview of health psychology and aging, as well as undergraduate and graduate students taking classes in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. This text is also valuable for practitioners working with the elderly in fields such as nursing, social work, occupational and physical therapy, day-care and nursing home administration, psychology, and rehabilitation.

 
1. Introduction & Basic Concepts
Basic Definitions  
Organization of the Book  
 
2. Demography of Aging
Aging in the World  
Population in the United States  
Demographic Factors and Rate of Aging  
 
3. Theories of Aging
Biological Theories of Aging  
Psychosocial Theories and Aging  
Psychosocial Factors and Aging  
 
4. Understanding Change in Aging Research
Basic Definitions  
Age-Related Designs  
Statistics for Assessing Change  
Statistics That Predict Change  
 
5. Aging of the Skin and Musculoskeletal System
The Skin  
Musculoskeletal System  
 
6. Aging of the Internal Organ Systems
Cardiovascular System  
Respiratory System  
Gastrointestinal System  
Renal/Urinary System  
 
7. Aging and the Regulatory Systems
Sensory Systems  
Nervous System  
Endocrine System  
Immune System  
 
8. Functional Health, Health Promotion, and Quality of Life
Functional Health  
Health Promotion in Older Adults  
Quality of Life  
 
9. Interface Between Physical and Mental Health
Personality Processes and Disease  
Alcohol and Aging  
Differentiating Mental and Physical Health Problems  
 
10. Stress, Coping, and Health
Stress  
Coping with Stress  
 
11. Social Support, Health, and Aging
Characteristics of the Social Support Network  
Social Support, Morbidity, and Mortality  
Caregiving  
 
12. What is Optimal Aging
Models of Optimal Aging  
Wisdom and Optimal Aging  
Religiosity, Spirituality, and Optimal Aging  
Ars Moriendi - The Art of Dying  
 
References
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index

"Gaining understanding of aging is one of the most complex issues facing twenty-first century science. This book addresses the complexity of the factors that interact and influence the course of our longer life expectancy….How we humans grow old is a product of our genetic background as members of a species and our families. But the genome expresses itself in physical and social environments that modulate the appearance of heredity traits. In a sense aging is an ecological problem in which the dynamics are often difficult to explain….This book brings information from the sciences together in a way that is rarely done…..It provides an integration of knowledge about the dynamics of aging and can promote wisdom about how we can modify the life course to our advantage."

James Birren
From the Foreward
Key features
  • A comprehensive approach, with coverage of psychosocial factors that affect physical health in addition to biological aspects of aging, thus providing integrated coverage of information from the fields of biology, psychology, and the social sciences.
  • Coverage of issues in healthcare systems.
  • Case studies in each chapter to augment student understanding with real-life examples.
  • Discussions of methodological issues in some of the research presented to help students become more critical consumers of research and data.

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