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Adult Development and Aging
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Adult Development and Aging
Growth, Longevity, and Challenges

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July 2020 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Topically organized, Adult Development and Aging: Growth, Longevity and Challenges provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the aging process in adulthood from multiple perspectives. The authors use principles of lifespan development to show readers the directionality of changes in early, middle, and late adulthood. Within its framework of scientific literacy, the text charts four key themes to guide learners: a focus on aging as development; a global perspective on contexts; a vibrant, integrated approach to diverse coverage; and psychological science that translates into real-life experiences. A final chapter focuses on ways to improve the experience of aging for all adults.
 
Preface
 
Publisher’s Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Chapter 1: Studying Growth and Change Across the Life Span
Principles of Life Span Development

 
Generational Cohorts

 
The Multidimensional Nature of Age

 
Developmental Research Methods: Disentangling Chronological Age, Historical Period, and Generational Cohort

 
Theoretical Frameworks

 
Summary and Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 2: Biological Aging, Health, and Longevity
Why Do We Age? Theories of Biological Aging

 
Age-Related Changes in Vison

 
Age-Related Changes in Audition

 
Age-Related Changes in Gustation

 
Age-Related Changes in Olfaction

 
Age-Related Changes in Somesthesis

 
Specific Chronic Health Conditions

 
Everyday Experience of Biological Aging

 
Life Expectancy and Life Span

 
From Theory to Application: Life Extension and Health Span

 
Integrating Across Topics

 
Summary and Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 3: Cognitive Development Across Adulthood
Introduction

 
What Is Cognition?

 
Psychometric Approach

 
Crystallized (Gc) and Fluid (Gf) Abilities

 
Seattle Longitudinal Study and Primary Mental Abilities

 
Memory as Cognition

 
Information-Processing Approaches to Cognition

 
Noncognitive Influences on Cognitive Aging

 
Memory in Everyday Life

 
Optimizing Cognition in Adulthood

 
Other Frameworks Related to Cognitive Aging

 
Summary and Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 4: Coping and Resiliency in Adulthood
Life Events as Causes of Change

 
Stress and Coping in Adulthood

 
Coping With Loss in Adulthood: An Overview

 
Influences on How We Cope With Loss: How Death Is Defined

 
The Meaning We Attach to Death and Dying Influences How We Cope With Loss

 
Responses to Death and Dying as Influences on Coping With Loss

 
Coping With and Surviving Loss

 
Summary and Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 5: Personality and Emotional Regulation
Introduction

 
Defining Personality in Adulthood

 
Stability and Change: Stage and Non-Stage Theories of Traits

 
The “Big Five” and Other Personality Models

 
Observable Behaviors and Impression Management

 
Resiliency in Adjustment to Aging

 
Defining Emotional Regulation in Later Life

 
Emotional Intelligence and Self-Control

 
Self-Determination and Personal Growth

 
Different Emotional Coping Styles and Strategies

 
Emotional Adaptation to Aging-Related Losses and Changes

 
Therapeutic Interventions to Support Positive Aging Adjustment

 
Summary and Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 6: Mental Health and Intervention
Mental Health in Adulthood

 
Alzheimer’s Disease

 
The Course of Alzheimer’s Disease

 
Mild Cognitive Impairment

 
Disorders That Mimic Dementia

 
Common Functional Disorders

 
The Mental Health Challenges Faced by College Students

 
Suicide

 
Other Functional Disorders

 
Drug Use and Abuse Among Younger and Older Persons

 
Therapeutic Interventions With Adults and Older Persons

 
Goals for Therapy With Adults

 
Therapies With Adults and Older Persons

 
Behavioral Interventions

 
Prevention as Therapy

 
Summary and Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 7: The Social-Environmental Context of Adulthood and Aging
Understanding and Describing the Environment

 
Transactions With the Environment

 
Person-Environment Interaction

 
Adult Development in Context

 
Influences on the Developmental Niche in Adulthood: The Healthy and Not-So-Healthy

 
Real-Life Applications of Person- Environment Fit and Developmental Niche

 
Making Choices About Alternative Paths of Adult Development

 
Developmental Tasks in Adulthood: Young Adulthood

 
Developmental Tasks in Adulthood: Middle Adulthood

 
Developmental Tasks in Adulthood: Late Adulthood

 
Housing in Later Life

 
Older Adults’ Involvement in the Community

 
Enhancing Older Persons’ Use of Services and Programs

 
Person-Environment Fit and Quality of Life in Late Adulthood

 
Societal Intervention as Environmental Change

 
Summary and Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 8: Interpersonal Relationships: Our Personal Network of Support
Technology and Social Support

 
Aging and Convoy Membership

 
Functions of Social Convoys

 
Negative Interpersonal Interactions

 
Intergenerational Relationships: A Key Dimension of Our Convoy of Support

 
Functions of Intergenerational Relationships

 
Intergenerational Exchanges of Help and Assistance: Parents and Adult Children

 
Caregiving in an Intergenerational Context

 
Caregiving in Adulthood

 
Elder Abuse

 
Grandparents as Caregivers

 
Gender Differences in Social Support

 
Cultural Variations in the Intergenerational Kinship Network

 
Educational Implications of Intergenerational Relationships

 
Friendships

 
Interest-Related and Deep Friendships

 
Widowhood

 
Remarriage Among Widows and Widowers

 
Grandparenting

 
Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren

 
Summary and Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 9: Socialization and the Family
Introduction

 
Defining Socialization in Adulthood

 
Socializing Effects of Age (Cohort), Gender, and Culture

 
Interpersonal Relationships in Adulthood

 
Partner Selection and Marriage

 
LGBTQ Relationships

 
Relationship Satisfaction

 
Family Relationships

 
Defining Family in Later Life: Biological and Nonbiological Ties

 
Aging Family Roles and Transitions

 
Structural Changes and Adaptations: Divorce, Remarriage, and Blended Forms

 
Grandparenting and Second Parenthood

 
Social Networking and the Use of Social Media

 
Summary and Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 10: Work
Introduction

 
Industrial Gerontology

 
Current Workforce Trends in the United States and Other Industrialized Nations

 
Career Trajectories and Transitions Affecting Aging

 
Situational, Cultural, and Cohort Factors Influencing Workforce Participation

 
Work-Related Stressors and Adaptation Efforts

 
Skill Updating to Avoid Obsolescence and Job Loss

 
Discouraged Older Worker Syndrome and Resilience

 
Ageism, Age Discrimination, and Older Workers’ Rights and Responsibilities

 
The Future of an Aging Workforce: National and Global Trends

 
Summary and Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 11: Retirement
Introduction

 
Concepts/Theories Explaining Retirement Motivation

 
Types of Retirement Options and Associated Experiences

 
Health Factors and Gender Differences: Retirement Timing

 
Preretirement Attitudes and Retirement Preparation

 
Outcomes From Retirement: Short- and Long-Term Effects

 
Public Policy and Future Retirement Support Resources: A Cost-Benefit Analysis

 
Summary and Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 12: Aging Well: Promoting Healthy Development Across the Life Span
A Brief History of Successful Aging

 
Successful Aging Versus Healthy Aging

 
Pulling It All Together

 
Heterogeneity and Healthy Aging

 
Multidisciplinary Supports for Healthy Aging

 
Summary and Conclusion

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

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