The Psychology Of Growing Old
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Ageing has traditionally been seen as ubiquitous decline - all 'doom and gloom'. The Psychology of Growing Old challenges this view and shows how our own attitudes and values may serve to perpetuate it. The book uses the research literature of gerontology - the multidisciplinary study of ageing and later life - to involve the reader in considering his or her own future and that of others. It examines the potential that ageing and later life have to be a rewarding experience - something to look forward to - rather than something to be denied and rejected. Unlike other books in the area, The Psychology of Growing Old places the reader centre stage as someone who can influence the future of ageing. It will be of interest to a wide range of professionals in health and social services who work with older people; and relevant to many student courses with ageing as a focus, whether in psychology, sociology, nursing, gerontology, social work or the medical professions.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 153 x 230 x 10mm | 244.94g
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0335193188
  • 9780335193189

Table of contents

Series editor's preface
Introduction
'Us' and 'Them'
On being older
Coping and failing to cope
Speed of behaviour
Our changing brain
Belonging
supportive relationships
Belonging
place and purpose
Looking back
Finding meaning
Reconstructing reality
Bibliography
Index
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Review quote

"...readable and memorable...If you have a particular interest in the psychology of ageing, I recommend that you obtain a personal copy, as it is an up-to-date summary of present knowledge." - Nursing Times "...a welcome contribution...Slater demonstrates throughout his book a depth of reading and knowledge thatis never less than impressive, enabling him to place the issues raised within a strong philosophical context that informs and broadens the issues." - Health Psychology Update "At firstglance perhaps not an imposing volume, but certainly a book that makes you sit up and take notice;...of what? Your own ageing! Which is whythis book is about you...The book is packed with information from thelatest research, and yet, it is still readable!...I found Slater's style of writing very enjoyable, as it clearly reflected his enthusiasm for the subject, which managed to rub off on to me and made me look forward to ageing!." - Newsletter of the Psychologists Special Interest Group for the Elderly "...captivating in its multi-disciplinary approach...can be recommended." - Ageing and Society "This volume is a cracker...a valuable addition to the literature. I would urge anyone concerned with the care of older peopleor just interested in ageing to read it. Every 'ageing enterprise' should have a copy." - British Journal of Social Work
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About Slater

The Author

Robert Slater first took an interest in ageing in 1968 when undertaking his M.Phil. research project on ways in which older people adjust to life in residential Homes. Subsequently, he became a founding member of the British Society of Gerontology and conducted further research on life in residential homes, as well as on tinnitus (more common in older people) and on the handicapping aspects of the physical environment in Wales (experienced by many older people with physical disabilities). He has twice been an Open University course team member, first in 1978-9 helping to produce the course An Ageing Population and second in 1991-93, helping to produce the course An Ageing Society. He is co-editor of the book Ageing and Later Life, published in 1993.
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