Social Gerontology: Pearson New International Edition

Series
Pearson
Author
Nancy R. Hooyman / H. Asuman Kiyak  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
9
Language
English
Total pages
712
Pub.-date
November 2013
ISBN13
9781292027173
ISBN
1292027177
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This best-selling, multidisciplinary, social aging text presents positive images of aging while considering the many factors that contribute to how aging individuals experiences life.

 

Up-to-date and expanded, this text offers a comprehensive view that presents aging positively, portraying concepts of active aging and resiliency, and defining “productive aging” by elaborating on the numerous ways elders contribute to society and their families. Based on the latest research findings, it offers greater depth to critical issues of aging, attending to differences by age and cohort, gender, ethnic minority status, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.

Features

  • multidisciplinary approach focuses on the sociological, psychological, and biological and cultural aspects of aging.
  • Themes that underlie each chapter are the importance of congruence between elders and their environment, and of the interaction between the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging, all within a life course ­perspective that takes account of historical, economic and cultural and structural contexts.
  • Integrates coverage of women and ethnic minorities in every chapter, and in separate chapters that address international and cross-cultural aging issues, as well as the population's strengths and resiliency.
  • Integrates coverage of multigenerational and intergenerational exchanges that affect quality of life.
  • Complete coverage of the demographics of an aging society, and how the changing population affects every institution in our society, as well as the global environment.
  • Critical issues, major debates, and legislation around controversial legal and ethical issues, particularly the “right-to-die” movement and “rationing” health care, are presented in the context of social aging theories.
  • Each chapter concludes with “Glossary,” “Resources,” “References,” and “Summary and Implications.”

New to this Edition

  • This ninth edition of Social Gerontology: A Multidisciplinary Perspective, continues to reflect the profound change in the way society views aging and older adults - a more optimistic viewpoint that people can, to some extent, influence their own experience of aging.
  • Since the last edition, there has been a dramatic shift in the economic context in which we age.  Growing numbers of older people must continue to — or return to —work because of lost retirement income, the high cost of health care or unexpected rises in their housing costs.  The ninth edition examines many of these issues, most of which were not even thought of as possibilities when the last edition was published.
  • The authors have thoroughly updated the text.  Social gerontology encompasses a wide range of topics with exciting research in many domains, including social, health, and long-term care policies and programs.
  • Here are just some of the new topics and research findings discussed in the ninth edition:

New research findings and critiques on extending both years and quality of life by preventing or managing chronic diseases, enhancing active aging, and maintaining productivity.

 

New evidence-based findings on health and long-term care, including unpaid family caregivers and underpaid direct care workers, as well as public policies supporting them, such as consumer-directed care, integrated care systems, and Medicaid waivers for home and community-based care.

 

Recent developments in the areas of preventing, diagnosing, and treating depression and dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease are reviewed.

 

The benefits of health promotion and of spirituality for achieving and maintaining active aging also has growing research support, as demonstrated in this edition.

 

The chapters on informal supports and family caregiving recognize the growing number of grandparents as primary caregivers of grandchildren and of parents caring for adult children with long-term disabilities, and the policy and programmatic barriers confronting them.

 

The sections on technology, including growing computer use by elders, and universal design that help people “age in place” are expanded.

 

Research and interventions to change the culture of long-term care and to develop elder-friendly communities are described.

 

The evolution of newer models of community-based long-term care such as assisted living, adult family homes, and adult day health is discussed.

 

The growing research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual (LGBT) older adults and attendant policy and practice implications are incorporated in many chapters.

 

Both the resilience of and the historical disadvantage faced by older women and elders of color are emphasized.

 

Given the dramatically changing political arena, the chapters on social, health, and long-term care policies reflect contemporary debates related to federal and state budget cuts, the impact of the 2003 Medicare prescription drug law, the 2009 health care debates and older adults’ political participation in these discussions.

 

Culturally competent methods to understand and respectfully meet the needs of an increasingly diverse older population are also identified throughout.

 

 

Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:

1.) BRIEF

2.) COMPREHENSIVE

 

 

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

 

Part I The Field of Social Gerontology

Chapter 1 The Growth of Social Gerontology

Chapter 2 Aging in Other Countries and across Cultures in the United States

 

Part II The Biological and Physiological Context of Social Aging

Chapter 3 The Social Consequences of Physical Aging

Chapter 4 Managing Chronic Diseases and Promoting Well-Being in Old Age

 

Part III The Psychological Context of Social Aging

Chapter 5 Cognitive Changes with Aging

Chapter 6 Personality and Mental Health in Old Age

Chapter 7 Love, Intimacy, and Sexuality in Old Age

 

Part IV The Social Context of Aging

Chapter 8 Social Theories of Aging

Chapter 9 The Importance of Social Supports: Family, Friends, Neighbors, and Communities

Chapter 10 Opportunities and Challenges of Informal Caregiving

Chapter 11 Living Arrangements and Social Interactions

Chapter 12 Productive Aging: Paid and Nonpaid Roles and Activities

Chapter 13 Death, Dying, Bereavement, and Widowhood

Chapter 14 The Resilience of Elders of Color

Chapter 15 The Resilience of Older Women

 

Part V The Societal Context of Aging

Chapter 16 Social Policies to Address Social Problems

Chapter 17 Health and Long-Term Care Policy and Programs

 

 

COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

 

Part I  The Field of Social Gerontology

 

Chapter 1 The Growth of Social Gerontology

The Field of Gerontology
Social Gerontology
What Is Aging?
An Active Aging Framework
A Person-Environment Perspective on Social Gerontology
Organization of the Text
Why Study Aging?
Growth of the Older Population
The Oldest-Old
Support Ratios
Population Trends
Impact of Demographic Trends
Longevity in Health or Disease?
How Aging and Older Adults Are Studied
Research Methods

 

Chapter 2 Aging in Other Countries and across Cultures in the United States

Global Trends

The Impact of Modernization on Older Adults’ Roles in Traditional Societies

A Cross-Cultural View of Elders’ Roles in Contemporary Societies

 

Part II  The Biological and Physiological Context of Aging

 

Chapter 3 The Social Consequences of Physical Aging

Biological Theories of Aging

Can Aging Be Reversed or Delayed?

Research on Physiological Changes with Age

Changes in Sensory Functions

 

Chapter 4 Managing Chronic Diseases and Promoting Well-Being in Old Age

Defining Health

Quality of Life in Health and Illness

Chronic and Acute Diseases

Common Chronic Conditions

Falls and Their Prevention

Use of Physician Services by Older People

Health Promotion with Older People

 

Part III  The Psychological Context of Aging

 

Chapter 5 Cognitive Changes with Aging

Intelligence and Aging

Factors That May Influence Intelligence in Adulthood

The Process of Learning and Memory

The Information Processing Model

Factors That Affect Learning in Old Age

Age-Related Changes in Memory

Improving Cognitive Abilities in Old Age

Wisdom and Creativity

 

Chapter 6 Personality and Mental Health in Old Age

Defining Personality

Stage Theories of Personality

Trait Theories of Personality

Self-Concept and Self-Esteem

Successful Aging

Mental Disorders among Older Persons

Psychotherapy with Older Persons

 

Chapter 7 Love, Intimacy, and Sexuality in Old Age

Attitudes and Beliefs about Sexuality in Later Life

Myths and Reality about Physiological Changes and Frequency of Sexual Activity

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Partners in Old Age

Women and Age-Related Physiological Changes

Men and Age-Related Physiological Changes

Chronic Diseases and Sexuality

Psychosocial Factors and Late-Life Affection, Love, and Intimacy

Facilitating Older Adults' Intimacy and Sexuality

 

Part IV The Social Context of Aging

 

Chapter 8 Social Theories of Aging

The Importance of Social Theories of Aging

Social Gerontological Theory before 1961: Role and Activity

The First Transformation of Theory

Alternative Theoretical Perspectives

Recent Developments in Social Gerontological Theory: The Second Transformation

 

Chapter 9 The Importance of Social Supports: Family, Friends, Neighbors, and Communities

The Nature and Function of Informal Supports

The Impact of Informal Networks and Social Supports on Well-Being

Growth of the Multigenerational Family

Older Partners

Childless Older Adults

Sibling Relationships

Other Kin

Intergenerational Relationships: Adult Children

Grandparenthood and Great-Grandparenthood

Friends and Neighbors as Social Supports

Interventions to Strengthen or Build Social Supports

Relationships with Pets

 

Chapter 10 Opportunities and Challenges of Informal Caregiving

Who Are Informal Caregivers?

Costs and Benefits of Informal Care

Caregiver Gains

The Gendered Nature of Family Care

Spouses/Partners as Caregivers

Adult Children/Grandchildren as Caregivers

Family Caregivers of Color

Caregiving for Persons with Dementia

Legislation to Support Family Caregivers

Supportive Services for Family Caregivers

Elder Mistreatment

Placement in Long-Term Care Facilities

Underpaid Caregivers: Direct Care Workers

 

Chapter 11 Living Arrangements and Social Interactions

Person-Environment Theories of Aging

Geographic Distribution of the Older Population

Elder-Friendly/Livable Communities

Relocation

The Impact of the Neighborhood

Victimization and Fear of Crime

Housing Patterns of Older People

Long Term Care

Services to Assist Aging in Place

Technology to Help Aging in Place

Housing Policy and Government Programs

Homelessness

Aging in Place among Older Prisoners

 

Chapter 12 Productive Aging: Paid and Nonpaid Roles and Activities

What Do We Mean by Productive Aging? Definitions and Critique

Retirement

Employment Status

Economic Status: Sources of Income in Retirement

Patterns and Functions of Nonpaid Roles and Activities

 

Chapter 13 Death, Dying, Bereavement, and Widowhood

The Changing Context of Dying

The Dying Process

End-of-Life Care

The Right to Die or Hastened Death

Legal Options Regarding End-of-Life Care

Bereavement, Grief, and Mourning Rituals

Widowhood

 

Chapter 14 The Resilience of Elders of Color

Defining Ethnicity and Culture

Research History

Older African Americans

Older Latinos

Older American Indians

Older Asian/Pacific Islanders

Implications for Services

 

Chapter 15 The Resilience of Older Women

Rationale for a Focus on Older Women's Needs

Older Women's Economic Status

Older Women's Health Status

Older Women's Social Status

 

Part V  The Societal Context of Aging

Chapter 16 Social Policies to Address Social Problems

Variations among Policies and Programs

Factors Affecting the Development of Policies

The Development of Policies for Older People

Income Security Programs: Social Security and Supplemental Security Income

Private Pensions and Income Tax Provisions

Policy Dilemmas

 

Chapter 17 Health and Long-Term Care Policy and Programs

Health Care Expenditures for Older Adults

Medicare

Medicaid

Private Supplemental and Long-Term Care Insurance

Innovative Programs