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Aging and Older Adulthood, 3rd Edition

Aging and Older Adulthood, 3rd Edition

Joan T. Erber

ISBN: 978-0-470-67341-6

Jan 2013, Wiley-Blackwell

504 pages


The third edition of this essential text has been updated and expanded with new material that reflects the most recent developments in the field, and explores our current understanding of a broad range of topics related to aging and older adulthood.

  • Fresh edition includes  updated content such as revised case histories and reworked material on key concepts and research applications
  • Retains the winning format of the second edition, with chapter contents framed by individual histories
  • Dual models add cohesiveness to the presentation of theory
  • Thematic structure facilitates reader comprehension
  • Instructor resources provided online upon publication at

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Contents ix

Credits and Sources xix

Integrated Themes in Aging and Older Adulthood xxiii

Preface and Acknowledgments xxxiii

1 Introduction to Aging and Older Adulthood 1

2 Theory and Method in Studying Aging and Older Adulthood 33

3 Biological Aging and Health 61

4 Sensation, Perception, and Attention 100

5 Memory 132

6 Intellectual Functioning 165

7 Cognition and Problem Solving in the Everyday World 199

8 Personality and Coping 234

9 Social Interaction and Social Ties 265

10 Employment, Retirement, and Living Arrangements 298

11 Mental Health, Psychopathology, and Therapy 329

12 Coping with Death, Dying, and Bereavement 361

13 Looking Ahead: Aging in the Future 383

Glossary 394

References 408

Index 442

"Aging and Older Adulthood also includes a helpful glossary and bibliography. For anyone working with the older population this title contains a wealth of information and factors to take account of and I would recommend it as a resource.”  (Inclusion News, 1 January 2013)