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Aging
Concepts and Controversies

Eighth Edition


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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Controversy 1

Controversy 2


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