Later Life

Later Life : The Realities of Aging

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For junior/senior-level courses in Gerontology or the Sociology of Aging in departments of sociology and nursing.This sound introductory text utilizes symbolic interactions as a basic theoretical perspective to explain all pertinent aspects and behavioral problems associated with the aging process. An interdisciplinary approach helps convey recent trends, conditions, and research findings in related fields of study-which include biology, psychology, sociology, political science, and economics.
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  • Paperback | 410 pages
  • 179.8 x 242.8 x 23.6mm | 775.66g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 5th edition
  • 0130138312
  • 9780130138316

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I. INTRODUCTION. 1. Emergence and Scope of Gerontology. 2. Problems, Public Perception, and Stereotypes of Older Americans. 3. Theoretical Perspectives on Aging. 4. Historical and Cross-Cultural Comparisons of Aging. II. THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE SOCIAL SYSTEM. 5. Biological and Health Correlates of Aging. 6. Psychological Changes in Later Life. 7. Age Norms, Age Constraints, and Adult Socialization. 8. Aging Minority Group Members. III. ADJUSTMENT PATTERNS AND CHANGING LIFESTYLES IN OLD AGE. 9. Family Patterns in Later Life. 10. Work, Leisure, and Retirement Patterns. 11. Living Environments in Later Life. 12. Death and Dying. IV. SOCIETAL ISSUES CONFRONTING OLDER AMERICANS. 13. The Economics of Aging. 14. Exploitation of the Aged: Crimes, Confidence Games, and Frauds. 15. Politics of Aging. 16. Social Services for Older Americans. 17. Religion and Aging. 18. Aging and the Aged: Future Prospects and Issues. Index.
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