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Aging
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Aging
Concepts and Controversies

Ninth Edition
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January 2017 | 608 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Presenting current research in an innovative text-reader format, Aging: Concepts and Controversies, Ninth Edition encourages students to become involved and take an informed stand on the major aging issues we face as a society. Not simply a summary of research literature, this text focuses on controversies and questions, rather than on assimilating facts or arriving at a single "correct" view about aging and older people. Drawing on their extensive expertise, the authors first provide an overview of aging in three domains: aging over the life course, health care, and the socioeconomic aspects of aging. Each section is followed by a series of edited readings, offering different perspectives from experts and specialists on that subject.

 
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

 
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?

 
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate

 
 
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?

 
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate

 
 
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

 
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate

 
 
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

 
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate

 
 
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

 
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate

 
 
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

 
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate

 
 
Controversy 7. Should People Have the Choice to End Their Lives?
Depression and Suicide

 
The “Right to Die”

 
Outlook for the Future

 
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate

 
 
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

 
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate

 
 
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

 
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate

 
 
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

 
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate

 
 
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

 
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate

 
 
Controversy 12. The New Aging Marketplace: Hope or Hype?
The New Customer Majority

 
Market Sectors Likely to Grow

 
What Do Older Consumers Want?

 
Limits of the Marketplace Model

 
Questions for Writing, Reflection, and Debate

 
 
Epilogue: Finding Your Place in an Aging Society
 
Appendix: How to Research a Term Paper in Gerontology
 
Glossary
 
Bibliography
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Resources
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Resources
  • 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.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 2


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