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An Introduction to Gerontology

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Aging & Gerontology

July 2012 | 476 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In this interdisciplinary text, Lewis R Aiken examines the elements that influence people in the later stages of life.

Beginning with an historical overview of gerontology, the author discusses both pragmatic and philosophical concerns within the field. Factors impacting the process and results of ageing are carefully outlined and address such areas as biology, psychology, sociology, economics and politics. The interpersonal variability of the older population is stressed throughout the book, recognizing gender, ethnic, racial and cultural differences. Each chapter concludes with: a thorough review of the material covered; a series of questions and activities designed to enhance the learning experience; and a list of suggested readings that expand on the topics discussed.

An instructor's manual offers a variety of teaching materials for those adopting the textbook.

The Study of Aging
Physical Structure and Functioning
Illness and Health Care
Cognitive Abilities
Personality and Problems of Adjustment
Treating Adjustment Problems and Mental Disorders
Sex and Marital Relations
Social Status and Roles
Employment and Retirement
Economics and Aging
Living Environments and Activities
Crime and the Law
Death and Bereavement

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Chapter 3

Lewis R. Aiken

Lewis R. Aiken received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He subsequently taught at UNC-Greensboro, where he was also Director of Admissions and Placement Research. Other teaching appointments have included Guilford College (where he was Dana Professor of Psychology and Department Chair), UCLA, the University for Teacher Education in Tehran, University of the Pacific, and Pepperdine University. He has received numerous awards, including an NAS-NRC Postdoctoral Resident Research Associateship (U.S. Navy Research Laboratory and San Diego State University), a U.S.O.E. Postdoctoral Fellowship ... More About Author

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