Synopses & Reviews
As improvements in the provision of healthcare result in an aging population in many countries around the world, we must broaden and deepen our understanding of the numerous issues relating to this growing demographic. This key text provides students in a range of related disciplines with an accessible core text that covers a wide range of topics.
Beginning with a presentation of the demographic characteristics of older people, the book details the theoretical approaches that apply to the study of adult development and aging, before proceeding to a thematic treatment of core issues such as health, sensation perception, memory, intellect, social interactions, employment and retirement, and mental health. As in previous editions, the chapters are anchored to individual case studies, which have been updated for this edition. Special feature boxes point toward current understanding and research applications; while key points and issues are separately highlighted as a basis for class discussion.
This authoritative volume provides the latest insights into, and theoretical interpretation of, our understanding of the human aging process.
"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)
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 www.wiley.com/go/erber
About the Author
Joan T. Erber is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Florida International University, where she was a recipient of a State University System Professorial Excellence Program (PEP) Award. She has extensive experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in adult development and aging. Her research focuses on aging and memory and how stereotypes influence our perceptions of older adults. Her research has been published in journals such as Psychology and Aging, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, and Experimental Aging Research. Dr. 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’s Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging). Her books include Aging and Older Adulthood, Second Edition, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) and Aging and Older Adulthood (Wadsworth/Cengage, 2005).
Table of Contents
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