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Psychology of Aging

Psychology of Aging
A Concise Exploration

August 2024 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In Psychology of Aging: A Concise Exploration, author Sara J. Margolin redefines how we think about getting older. Employing a bio-psycho-social perspective, Margolin introduces modern learners to the study of adulthood and aging, offering a holistic examination of its impact on our bodies, minds, relationships, and social roles. Through an innovative myth vs. fact approach, the text dispels common misconceptions using humor, compassion, and robust research. Emphasizing real-life aging processes and adaptations, students gain insights applicable not only to future careers but also within family and personal life contexts.

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Unit 1. Myth: Older adults lose physical capabilities, become unable to see and hear, and become a burden on their family and friends.
Chapter 1. Physical Aging
Chapter 2. Sensation and Perception
Unit 2. Myth: Older adults lose their memory and intelligence, and they become unable to remember to do basic daily tasks.
Chapter 3. Attention and Mental Processing
Chapter 4. Memory
Chapter 5. Intelligence and Wisdom
Unit 3. Myth: Older adults are pushed out of social relationships and work, and ultimately become isolated from the world around them.
Chapter 6. Social Roles and Retirement
Chapter 7. Social Cognition
Unit 4. Myth: Mental illness and dementia run rampant in older populations, everyone will develop this in some way, and there is no recovering or treatment once this happens this late in life.
Chapter 8. Mental Health and Dementia
Chapter 9. Personality
Chapter 10. Stress
Unit 5. Myth: Older adults fear death and cannot cope with loss.
Chapter 11. Death and Dying


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“The examples used are relatable and clear, and I love that the author used personal examples. I also liked the positive and more realistic spin put on these changes that occur during adulthood.”

Melissa S. Atkins
Marshall University
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I find this text much more accessible without sacrificing content.”

Ashley Ermer, PhD
Department of Family Science and Human Development at Montclair State University
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Key features
  • Theoretical concepts and research are explained through approachable, conversational language.
  • Real-life examples start each chapter and are presented throughout the text, relating new concepts, research, and theories to information that is familiar and relatable.
  • Units open with a myth about aging that is dispelled within the chapters, addressing misconceptions about aging head-on.
  • Each chapter concludes with highly applicable advice on positive aging called Aging Well.

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