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Handbook of Gerontology: Evidence-Based Approaches to Theory, Practice, and Policy

Handbook of Gerontology: Evidence-Based Approaches to Theory, Practice, and Policy

James A. Blackburn (Editor) , Catherine N. Dulmus (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-12571-7

Jul 2007

600 pages



A multidisciplinary resource that combines the latest research with the best practices for working with older adults

The Handbook of Gerontology: Evidence-Based Approaches to Theory, Practice, and Policy provides an essential source of important theoretical and applied information on gerontology for all mental health professionals interested in optimizing the health and well-being of older adults. Interdisciplinary and incorporating the most current evidence-based practices in its focus, this timely book considers the many factors that affect the way this growing population experiences the world-and provides a positive and proactive guide to administering care.

Integrating the latest research findings with important practice implications for working with an older client population, the Handbook of Gerontology draws on a multidisciplinary team of expert contributors who provide coverage and insight into a diverse range of topics, including:

  • A global perspective on aging
  • Elder abuse
  • Family caregiving
  • Parenting grandchildren
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Successful aging and personality
  • Biological and cognitive aspects and theories of aging

An exceptional resource for practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and students, the Handbook of Gerontology is essential reading for anyone who works with older adults.


About the Editors.



1 Global Aging (Karen M. Sowers and William S. Rowe).


2 Biological Aspects and Theories of Aging (Laura J. Pankow and Jeffrey M. Solotoroff).

3 Cognitive and Affective Theories of Adult Development (Bert Hayslip Jr. and Benjamin P. Chapman).

4 Personality Theories of Successful Aging (Natalie C. Ebner and Alexandra M. Freund).

5 Wisdom, Life Longings, and Optimal Development (Susanne Scheibe, Ute Kunzmann, and Paul B. Baltes).

6 Sociological Approaches to Understanding Age and Aging (Debra A. Street).


7 Health Promotion (Jill Bradshaw and Waldo C. Klein).

8 Disability (Elizabeth Lightfoot).

9 Sleep Disturbances (Mary Ann Leitz).

10 Sexuality and Intimacy (Linda J. Brock and Glen Jennings).

11 Depression (Leslie Hasche and Nancy Morrow-Howell).

12 Substance Abuse (Noell L. Rowan and Anna C. Faul).

13 Alzheimer’s Disease (Masahiro Shigeta and Akira Homma).

14 Grief and Bereavement (Robert O. Hansson, Bert Hayslip Jr., and Margaret S. Stroebe).


15 Parenting Grandchildren (Hwa-Ok Hannah Park and Jan Steven Greenberg).

16 Family Caregiving (Rhonda J. V. Montgomery, Jeannine M. Rowe, and Karl Kosloski).

17 Community- and Facility-Based Care (Gretchen E. Alkema, Kathleen H. Wilber, and Susan M. Enguidanos).

18 Elder Abuse (Patricia Brownell and Gina R. Rosich).

19 Health Decisions and Directives about the End of Life (Jay Wolfson and Rebecca Morgan).


20 Global Challenges for an Aging Population (Jeanette C. Takamura).

Author Index.

Subject Index.

"...the Handbook is one of the best in providing comprehensive, thoughtful coverage of theory, practice and policy, and differentiates itself from other handbooks with its important focus on evidence-based information. The section on evidence-based practice provides highly relevant information about common clinical issues, often with the helpful inclusion of case studies and recommendations for specific interview questions and clinical measures. It fuels the type of holistic and flexible thinking that is foundational to advancing our understanding and treatment of older adults." (PsycCRITIQUES, February 2008)
•  Covers theory, practice and policy related to gerontology using a unique interdisciplinary and evidence-based focus.

•  Contributions are from leading researchers and clinicians in gerontology, including Waldo Klein, Nancy Kropf, Patricia Brownell, Colleen Galambos, and David Wise.