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Aging and Older Adulthood, 4th Edition

Aging and Older Adulthood, 4th Edition

Joan T. Erber

ISBN: 978-1-119-43850-2

Mar 2019, Wiley-Blackwell

520 pages

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Reflects the most important theoretical foundations and research directions concerning aging and older adulthood

This authoritative volume provides the latest insights into, and theoretical interpretation of, our understanding of the human aging process. Newly updated and revised, this edition of the well-established student textbook offers relatable scenarios that touch upon real-world issues faced by older adults and their families. The book explains how research studies attempt to answer questions of both theoretical and practical importance as they relate to aging and older adulthood, and it explains the hypotheses and findings of the studies in a manner that is comprehensible to readers of all levels of research experience.

Aging and Older Adulthood begins by describing the demographic characteristics of the older population, and follows with a chapter on theoretical models that apply to the study of adult development and aging, as well as approaches commonly taken to conduct research and ethical concerns involved in the study of this group. It then offers a series of chapters exploring biological aging, sensation perception and attention, memory, intellectual functioning, cognition and real-world problem-solving, personality and coping, social interaction and social ties, lifestyles and retirement, mental health and psychotherapy, and death and bereavement. The final chapter looks at aging in the future. Each chapter includes fully updated research findings, as well as new and expanded coverage of concepts and ideas in areas such as neuroscience, and diabetes.

  • New edition of a highly respected text exploring our contemporary understanding of a broad range of topics related to older adulthood and the psychology of aging
  • Offers thematic treatment of core issues including health, sensory perception, memory, intellect, social interactions, employment and retirement, and mental health
  • Uses a dual lens of two models – the selective optimization with compensation model and the ecological model – to provide cohesiveness to the presentation of both theoretical and applied material
  • Introduces each chapter with a relevant real-world scenario and refers back to it throughout the chapter
  • Includes pedagogical feature boxes that reflect current understanding of contemporary issues in the field as well as key points and issues for further discussion

Aging and Older Adulthood, 4th Edition is an excellent text for upper division undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on the older adulthood and aging, the psychology of aging, gerontological studies, and lifespan development.

  1. 1. Introduction to Aging and Older Adulthood
  2. The Study of Aging and Older Adulthood
  3. Defining Age and Older Adulthood
  4. Demographic Profiles of Older Americans
  5. Developmental Influences and Issues
  6. Theoretical Models

 

  1. 2. Theory and Method in Studying Aging and Older Adulthood
  2. Metatheoretical Approaches to the Study of Aging
  3. Developmental Research
  4. Measurement
  5. Approaches to Conducting Aging Research
  6. Ethics in Research on Human Aging
  7. Revisiting the Selective Optimization with Compensation and Ecological Models

 

  1. 3. Biological Aging and Health
  2. The Meaning of Longevity
  3. The Biological Aging Process
  4. Individual Differences in Longevity
  5. Physical Changes and Disease
  6. Everyday Functioning and Health Care
  7. Revisiting the Selective Optimization with Compensation and Ecological Models

 

  1. 4. Sensation, Perception, and Attention
  2. Sensory Processes
  3. Speed of Response
  4. The Senses: A Closer Look
  5. Attention
  6. Revisiting the Selective Optimization with Compensation and Ecological Models

 

  1. 5. Memory
  2. The Developmental Study of Memory and Age
  3. The Information Processing Model
  4. Remote Memory
  5. Memory in Everyday Life
  6. Knowledge and Beliefs About Memory
  7. Individual Differences Among Older Adults
  8. Revisiting the Selective Optimization with Compensation and Ecological Models

 

  1. 6. Intellectual Functioning
  2. Views of Intelligence
  3. The Psychometric Approach to Intelligence
  4. Does Intelligence Decline with Age?
  5. Maximizing Intellectual Functioning in Older Adulthood
  6. Individual Differences Among Older Adult Test Takers
  7. Everyday Intelligence and Competence
  8. Revisiting the Selective Optimization with Compensation and Ecological Models

 

  1. 7. Cognition and Problem Solving in the Everyday World
  2. Stages of Cognitive Development
  3. Wisdom
  4. Real-World Intelligence and Problem Solving
  5. Decision Making
  6. Social Cognition
  7. Revisiting the Selective Optimization with Compensation and Ecological Models

 

  1. 8. Personality and Coping
  2. Studying Personality in Aging and Older Adulthood
  3. How is Personality Measured?
  4. Normative Models of Personality
  5. Individual Differences in Coping and Adjustment
  6. Revisiting the Selective Optimization with Compensation and Ecological Models

 

  1. 9. Social Interactions and Social Ties
  2. Social Interaction in Older Adulthood
  3. Social Ties in Older Adulthood
  4. Elder Abuse and Neglect
  5. Revisiting the Selective Optimization with Compensation and Ecological Models

 

  1. 10. Lifestyles in Older Adulthood
  2. Employment
  3. Retirement
  4. Living Arrangements
  5. Revisiting the Selective Optimization with Compensation and Ecological Models

 

  1. 11. Mental Health, Psychopathology, and Therapy
  2. Mental Health in the Older Adult Population
  3. Psychopathology
  4. Therapeutic Interventions with Older Adults
  5. Revisiting the Selective Optimization with Compensation and Ecological Models

 

  1. 12. Coping with Death, Dying, and Bereavement
  2. Death and Dying
  3. Bereavement and Loss
  4. Revisiting the Selective Optimization with Compensation and Ecological Models

 

  1. 13. Looking Ahead: Aging in the Future
  2. Aging in the Future