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Aging
Concepts and Controversies

Eighth Edition
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May 2014 | 600 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Presenting current research in an innovative format, Aging: Concepts and Controversies, Eighth Edition encourages students to become involved and take an informed stand on the major aging issues that we face as a society. Using their extensive expertise, the authors provide a thorough explanation of the issues in the Concepts sections and current research in the Controversy sections, demonstrating the close links between concepts and controversies in these broad areas of aging: health care, socioeconomic trends, and the life course.

 
Preface
 
Prologue
 
About the Authors
 
Basic Concepts I. A Life Course Perspective on Aging
Age Identification  
The Stages of Life  
The Life Course and Aging  
Traditional Theories of Aging  
Influences on the Life Course  
Aging in the 21st Century  
The Biology of Aging  
Mechanisms of Physical Aging  
Aging and Psychological Functioning  
Conclusion  
 
Controversy 1. Does Old Age Have Meaning?
The Meaning of Age  
Leisure Activities in Later Life  
Religion and Spirituality  
Gerontology and the Meaning of Age  
Activity or Reflection?  
Reading 1: The Coming of Age, Simone de Beauvoir  
Reading 2: Vital Involvement in Old Age, Erik H. Erikson, Joan M. Erikson, and Helen Q. Kivnick  
Reading 3: Successful Aging, John Rowe and Robert Kahn  
Reading 4: The Measure of My Days, Florida Scott-Maxwell  
 
Controversy 2. Why Do Our Bodies Grow Old?
The Process of Biological Aging  
Biological Theories of Aging  
Is Aging Inevitable?  
Ways to Prolong the Life Span  
Compression or Prolongation of Morbidity?  
Reading 5: Why Do We Live as Long as We Do? Leonard Hayflick  
Reading 6: Vitality and Aging, James F. Fries and Lawrence Crapo  
Reading 7: The Compression of Morbidity Hypothesis, Vincent Mor  
Reading 8: Health Trends in the Elderly Population, Marti G. Parker and Mats Thorslund  
Reading 9: We Will Be Able to Live to 1,000, Aubrey de Grey  
Reading 10: Don’t Fall for the Cult of Immortality, S. Jay Olshansky  
 
Controversy 3. Do Intelligence and Creativity Decline With Age?
Elements of Cognitive Function  
The Classic Aging Pattern  
Measures of Late-Life Intelligence  
Studies of Age and Cognitive Function  
Correlates of Cognitive Stability  
Creativity in an Aging Population  
Reading 11: Age and Achievement, Harvey Lehman  
Reading 12: Age and Achievement, Wayne Dennis  
Reading 13: Growing Old or Living Long, Laura L. Carstensen  
Reading 14: The Mature Mind, Gene Cohen  
Reading 15: Aging and Creativity, Becca Levy and Ellen Langer  
 
Basic Concepts II. Aging, Health Care, and Society
The Challenge of Longevity  
Epidemiology of Aging  
Economics of Health Care  
Long-Term Care  
Self-Determined Death  
Conclusion  
 
Controversy 4. Should We Ration Health Care For Older People?
Precedents for Health Care Rationing  
The Justification for Age-Based Rationing  
Rationing as a Cost-Saving Plan  
The Impetus for Rationing  
Cost Versus Age  
Alternative Approaches to Rationing  
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide  
The Debate Over Age-Based Rationing  
Reading 16: Why We Must Set Limits, Daniel Callahan  
Reading 17: Pricing Life, Peter Ubel  
Reading 18: The Pied Piper Returns for the Old Folks, Nat Hentoff  
Reading 19: From an Ethics of Rationing to an Ethics of Waste Avoidance, Howard Brody  
Reading 20: Aim Not Just for Longer Life, but Expanded “Health Span,”Daniel Perry and Robert Butler  
 
Controversy 5. Should Families Provide For Their Own?
Aging and the American Family  
Abandonment or Independence?  
Family Responsibility  
Medicaid and Long-Term Care  
Financing Long-Term Care  
Medicaid Planning  
Reading 21: Medicaid and Long-Term Care, Peter J. Strauss and Nancy M. Lederman  
Reading 22: Shame of the Rich, Jane Bryant Quinn  
Reading 23: The Fallacy of Impoverishment, Stephen Moses  
Reading 24: The Case Against Paying Family Caregivers, C. Jean Blaser  
Reading 25: For Love and Money, Suzanne R. Kunkel, Robert A. Applebaum, and Ian M. Nelson  
 
Controversy 6. Should Older People Be Protected From Bad Choices?
The Vulnerabilities of Older People  
Interfering When People Make Bad Choices  
Elder Abuse and Neglect  
Perceptions of Quality of Life  
Sexuality in Later Life  
Crime and Older Adults  
Intervention in the Lives of Vulnerable Older Adults  
Reading 26: The Right to Freedom From Restraints, Robert N. Brown  
Reading 27: Ethical Dilemmas in Elder Abuse, Terrie T. Wetle and Terry T. Fulmer  
Reading 28: A Legal Perspective on Elder Abuse, Candace J. Heisler and Mary Joy Quinn  
Reading 29: Elder Self-Neglect, Dorothy R. Fabian and Eloise Rathbone-McCuan  
 
Controversy 7. Should People Have the Choice to End Their Lives?
Depression and Suicide  
The “Right to Die”  
Outlook for the Future  
Reading 30: Why Do People Seek Physician-Assisted Death? Robert A. Pearlman and Helene Starks  
Reading 31: A Time to Die, Charles F. McKhann  
Reading 32: Last Rights, Sue Woodman  
Reading 33: Neither for Love nor Money, Leon Kass  
 
Basic Concepts III. Social and Economic Outlook for an Aging Society
The Varieties of Aging Experience  
The Economic Status of Older Americans  
Public Policy on Aging  
Conclusion  
 
Controversy 8. Should Age or Need Be the Basis for Entitlement?
A Tale of Two Generations  
Justice Between Generations  
The Least-Advantaged Older Adults  
Help for Those Most in Need  
The Targeting Debate  
Reading 34: Growing Older, Lester Thurow  
Reading 35: Will America Grow Up Before It Grows Old? Peter G. Peterson  
Reading 36: “Generational Equity” and the New Victim Blaming, Meredith Minkler  
Reading 37: The Generational Equity Debate, John B. Williamson, Diane M. Watts-Ray, and Eric R. Kingson  
 
Controversy 9. What is the Future for Social Security?
Main Features of Social Security  
Success—and Doubt  
Pay as You Go  
Social Security Trust Fund  
Eligibility  
Privatization  
Women and Social Security  
Debate Over Social Security  
Reading 38: How to Save Social Security, Peter Diamond and Peter Orszag  
Reading 39: The Necessity and Desirability of Social Security Reform, Ramesh Ponnuru  
Reading 40: Social Security Reform and Benefit Adequacy, Lawrence H. Thompson  
Reading 41: Social Security for Yesterday’s Family? C. Eugene Steuerle and Melissa Favreault  
Reading 42: The Future of Social Security, AARP  
 
Controversy 10. Is Retirement Obsolete?
History of Retirement  
Origins of Late-Life Leisure  
Changes in the American Economy  
A New View of Retirement  
Debate Over Retirement Policy  
Reading 43: Achieving a Productive Aging Society, Francis G. Caro, Scott A. Bass, and Yung-Ping Chen  
Reading 44: Prime Time, Marc Freedman  
Reading 45: The Busy Ethic, David J. Ekerdt  
Reading 46: Moving Toward a Creative Retirement, Ronald J. Manheimer  
 
Controversy 11. Aging Boomers: Boom or Bust?
Who Are the Boomers?  
What Is a Generation? Age-Period-Cohort Analysis  
Social Construction of the Boomer Phenomenon  
Boomers in the Years Ahead  
Reading 47: Boomsday, Christopher Buckley  
Reading 48: No Country for Young Men, Megan McArdle  
Reading 49: The Longevity Revolution, Theodore Roszak  
Reading 50: The Long Baby Boom, Jeff Goldsmith  
 
Controversy 12. The New Aging Marketplace
The New Customer Majority  
One Market Sector Likely to Grow  
What Do Older Consumers Want?  
Limits of the Marketplace Model  
Reading 51: Overview of the Boomer Market, Mary Furlong  
Reading 52: Age Branding, Harry R. Moody and Sanjay Sood  
Reading 53: Selling the Fountain of Youth, Arlene Weintraub  
Reading 54: Marketplace of Memory, Daniel R. George and Peter J. Whitehouse  
 
Epilogue: Finding Your Place in an Aging Society
 
Appendix: How to Research a Term Paper in Gerontology
 
Glossary
 
Bibliography
 
Photo Credits
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site
Instructor Teaching Site includes:
  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for use when creating the syllabi for your courses.
  • Suggested course projects are designed to promote students’ in-depth engagement with course material.
  • Highlights from the Teaching Gerontology eNewsletters
  • Exhibits from the book
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
  • Each chapter includes audio links related to important topics and designed to supplement key points within the text. Carefully selected, web-based video links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics. When relevant, related questions for discussion are included.
Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
  • Each chapter includes audio links, covering important topics and designed to supplement key points within the text.
  • Carefully selected, video links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide your interpretation.

I would recommend this book to all health care professional lecturers/teachers. It looks at the subject of aging with compassion and wisdom

Mr Armin Luthi
Fac of Health & Social Care Sciences, Kingston University
May 29, 2015

It is the perfect format for the class I am teaching, an advanced undergraduate class aimed at critically examining current issues in aging. The book combines great background information with supplementary articles written from a variety of perspectives and genres.

Dr Kathryn De Medeiros
Sociology Gerontology Dept, Miami University-Oxford
March 24, 2015

Overall coverage of topic and up to date social issues

Dr Madeline Rugh
Social Science Div, St Gregory'S University
December 9, 2014

great text

Ms Dorothy O'Neil
career programs, Moraine Valley Cmty College
December 2, 2014

Nothing wrong with the book in itself. It's just that we've decided we want a book with a more psychological approach.

Mr Peter Karlsson
Sch of Health & Social Sciences - HOS, Halmstad University
October 8, 2014

This interesting and useful textbook is now in its 8th edition . It effectively explores controversies and key concepts within ageing in an interesting and effective way . It explores the social model to ageing in a helpful and interesting way allowing the reader to explore thier own attitudes and prejudices within the process . It whilst focusiing on American social policy helpfully takes an integrated global perspective . I have no hesitation in recommending it as a text book .

Mr Mike Lewis
Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff Univ.
August 12, 2014

Best text I've seen for graduate critical thinking in aging issues.

Dr Elizabeth Chapleski
School Of Social Work, Wayne State University
August 5, 2014

Good book for this stage and creating interest

Mrs Melanie West
Department of Psychology, Newman Univ.
July 16, 2014

Interesting concepts and the book covers all aspects of aging. I would recommend the book for those who are interested in a career working with the elderly or students who are studying the concepts of age.

Miss Sharron Stillyards
Health And Social Care, North Lindsey College
June 18, 2014
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