The Elderly as Modern Pioneers

The Elderly as Modern Pioneers

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"Overall, one of the most competent and well-presented treatments of the subject now available." -- Jay Sokolovsky, University of Maryland..". a valuable contribution to the field of gerontology. The volume combines interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives, written in a well organized framework without sacrificing depth and comprehensive summary of gerontological research." -- Clinical Gerontologist"A well-written and documented volume for persons interested in the anthropological viewpoint on aging." -- Choice..". the use of cross-cultural comparisons provides a broadened perspective to understanding the issues of aging." -- Current Literature on Aging"It is... comprehensive, well-written, mercifully jargon-free, critical and controversial and undogmatic." -- Aging and SocietyThis volume focuses on the nature and problems of old age, providing a comprehensive summary of current gerontological research from interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 476 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 30mm | 680.39g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 22ill.
  • 0253204631
  • 9780253204639

Table of contents

Preface I. Introduction: The Life Course Perspective Philip Silverman II. Biological Theories of Aging Peter J. Mayer III. The Human Life Span Mary Jane Moore IV. Studies of Longevity Cynthia M. Beall V. Sensory, Perceptual, and Motor Function in Human Aging Dana J. Plude VI. Cognition and Aging: The Emergence of a New Tradition Deirdre A. Kramer VII. Personality in Later Life David Chiriboga VIII. Sex in the Later Years Diane E. Rykken IX. A Demographic Perspective on Aging Peter Uhlenberg X. Family Life Philip Silverman XI. Community Settings Philip Silverman XII. The Effects of Social Class and Ethnicity on the Aging Process Linda Evers Cool XIII. Age in Cross-Cultural Perspective: An Evolutionary Approach Rhoda H. Halperin XIV. Comparative Studies Philip Silverman XV. The Living Dead: Cultural Constructions of the Oldest Old Andrea Sankar XVI. Mental Disorders among the Elderly: Dementia and Its Sociocultural Correlates J. Neil henderson XVII. The Institutional Segregation of the Aged Colleen Leahy Johnson XVIII. Death and Dying Richard A. Kalish Contributors References Indexshow more