Synopses & Reviews
This new edition has been completely rewritten and includes chapters that address key topics in diversity and aging: research methods, psychological aging; health beliefs, behaviors, and services; health disparities; informal and formal care for older persons; work and retirement; religious affiliation and spirituality; and death, dying, and bereavement. Taking a broad view of diversity, Mehrotra and Wagner discuss elements of diversity such as gender, race or ethnicity, religious affiliation, social class, rural-urban community location and sexual orientation. Including these elements allows them to convey some of the rich complexities of our diverse culture - complexities that provide both challenges to meet the needs of diverse population and opportunities to learn how to live in a pluralistic society.
Throughout the book, Mehrotra and Wagner present up-to-date knowledge and scholarship in a way that engages readers in active learning. Rather than simply transmitting information, the authors place ongoing emphasis on developing readers knowledge and skills; fostering higher order thinking and encouraging exploration of personal values and attitudes.
Distinctive features of the book include:
- Opening vignettes for each chapter that present a sampling of how the issues to be discussed apply to diverse elders.
- Active learning experiences that invite readers to interview diverse elders, conduct internet searches, and give an analysis of a case study.
- Quizzes at the end of the chapters help readers ascertain the extent to which they have learned the material; the key for each quiz includes details about correct and incorrect responses so that additional learning can occur.
- Aging and Diversity Online boxes interspersed throughout the book provide internet resources that readers may use to find new research and publications.
- Suggested readings and audiovisual resources given at the end of each chapter serve as a guide to additional information on topics covered in the chapter.
This approach of presenting the material will help the readers understand and apply key concepts and principles in ways that will not only improve the lives of older people they serve, but will also enhance their own aging experience.
In a time of growing awareness of the diversity among elders, Mehrotra and Wagner provide an excitingly fresh perspective that helps readers develop a clearer understanding of gerontology and that bridges the gap between students and service providers in the field. Aging and Diversity combines a clear narrative with active learning experiences. The authors invite readers to broaden their works view, enhance culturally relevant skills, understand older adults through a life-course perspective, and view aging from a multi-ethnic perspective.
Specific chapters address psychological aging, issues in health and sexuality, caregiving, work and retirement, religion and spirituality, and death and grieving. For ease of use, each chapter includes orienting questions, a narrative that includes and introduction and summary, vignettes, structured orienting questions, a narrative that includes introduction and summary, vignettes, structured individual and group learning experiences, comprehension tests, quizzes, glossary, and an annotated bibliography of suggested readings. Aging and Diversity offers undergraduates and service providers tools that will enable them to understand diversity and its impact on the lives of older adults in the United States.
Aging and Diversity will be invaluable to both students and practitioners in the fields of gerontology, psychology and sociology of aging, counseling, adult learning, social work, family studies, and multicultural studies. The book informs gerontologists and students about the interplay between diversity and aging, and will be useful as a text in gerontology, adult development, gerontological nursing, social work, family studies, and health education courses.