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Aging and Older Adulthood, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4443-2605-5
504 pages
June 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Updated and substantially revised, the second edition of Aging and Older Adulthood reflects the most current scientific research and theoretical foundations that contribute to our understanding of aging and older adulthood.
  • Updated content and references include recent neurological findings on brain structure and functioning as well as factors that influence cognitive functioning, health care, decision making, and social relationships
  • Chapter opening vignettes engage students with real world illustrations of older adults, which relate to the concepts to come
  • Applying Research boxes offer examples of current research findings that can be applied to the everyday lives of older adults
  • Understanding Aging boxes highlight phenomena, such as “sundown syndrome” and “end-of-life desires,” which provide a deeper insight into the aging process
  • Integrated themes of diversity, environmental influences on aging, and applications to everyday life relate the story of aging more directly to key concepts
  • New Chapter 13 explores what older adulthood may look like in the future and ties together the author’s theoretical framework with views on positive aging

Instructor's Manual with Test Bank and PowerPoint slides available online at www.wiley.com/go/erber

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Contents ix

Integrated Themes in Aging and Older Adulthood xix

Preface and Acknowledgments xxvii

1 Introduction to Aging and Older Adulthood 1

2 Theory and Method in Studying Aging and Older Adulthood 33

3 Biological Aging and Health 63

4 Sensation, Perception, and Attention 101

5 Memory 133

6 Intellectual Functioning 165

7 Cognition and Problem Solving in the Everyday World 199

8 Personality and Coping 231

9 Social Interaction and Social Ties 263

10 Employment, Retirement, and Living Arrangements 295

11 Mental Health, Psychopathology, and Therapy 327

12 Coping with Death, Dying, and Bereavement 357

13 Looking Ahead: Aging in the Future 379

Glossary 389

References 403

Credits and Sources 435

Name Index 440

Subject Index 447

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Joan T. Erber received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Saint Louis University, after which she completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Aging and Development at Washington University in St. Louis. She is presently Professor of Psychology at Florida International University, and has extensive experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in adult development and aging and conducting research on processes of aging. Her numerous publications focus on aging and memory and how stereotypes of aging influence our perceptions and evaluations of older adults. Her research findings, some of which were funded by grants from the National Institute on Aging, are published in scientific journals such as Psychology and Aging, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, and Experimental Aging Research. She has served on editorial boards of journals that publish research on aging. Additionally, Erber is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the American Psychological Association (APA). She is a past president of the APA Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging).
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  • Updated content and references include recent neurological findings on brain structure and functioning as well as factors that influence cognitive functioning, health care, decision making, and social relationships.
  • New Chapter 13 explores what older adulthood may look like in the future and ties together the author’s theoretical framework with views on positive aging
  • NEW Questions to Consider at the end of each chapter stimulate readers to think about how the information in the chapter relates to them personally
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  • Updated content and references include recent neurological findings on brain structure and functioning as well as factors that influence cognitive functioning, health care, decision making, and social relationships

  • Chapter opening vignettes engage students with real world illustrations of older adults, which relate to the concepts to come

  • Applying Research boxes offer examples of current research findings that can be applied to the everyday lives of older adults

  • Understanding Aging boxes highlight phenomena, such as “sundown syndrome” and “end-of-life desires,” which provide a deeper insight into the aging process

  • Integrated themes of diversity, environmental influences on aging, and applications to everyday life relate the story of aging more directly to key concepts

  • New Chapter 13 explores what older adulthood may look like in the future and ties together the author’s theoretical framework with views on positive aging

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"The second edition of this textbook builds on the solid foundation of its predecessor and incorporates new research and developments in a user-friendly way. It is easy to tell that the author is passionate about teaching adult development and aging courses.  In particular, I liked how Erber did not sacrifice historically important theories and studies in her book. Thus, I highly recommend this textbook as it represents an excellent introduction to a topic with increasing societal and global importance."
Manfred Diehl, Colorado State University

"This text has a number of features that will appeal to both instructors and students.  For example, the author weaves a genuine attention to issues of diversity through each and every chapter. The author also includes realistic examples that demonstrate the significance of concepts to readers' own work with older adults, their own families, and even themselves, no matter their age. Most importantly, this text integrates three approaches that are essential to understanding aging: a biopsychosocial focus that spans key domains relevant to aging, a lifespan developmental perspective that views aging as a process rather than an event, and an empirical approach that recognizes the importance of theory and research in understanding and improving the experience of late life.
In sum, this text is a vibrantly written, comprehensive, and current introduction to aging and older adulthood, ideal for students from many disciplines who need to be prepared for their own aging and the aging of others around them."
Brian D. Carpenter, Washington University

"The second edition of this textbook builds on the solid foundation of its predecessor and incorporates new research and developments in a user-friendly way. It is easy to tell that the author is passionate about teaching adult development and aging courses. In particular, I liked how Erber did not sacrifice historically important theories and studies in her book. Thus, I highly recommend this textbook as it represents an excellent introduction to a topic with increasing societal and global importance."
Manfred Diehl, Colorado State University

“Erber's Aging and Older Adulthood is thoroughly revised and updated and incorporates the latest research findings along with a compassionate, humanistic perspective. The new material on research applications to everyday problems of older adults, such as driving, shopping, and medical decision-making, will be of interest to those planning careers in aging as well as those planning on growing old.”
Susan Kemper, University of Kansas

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