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Understanding Communication and Aging
Developing Knowledge and Awareness



© 2007 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Understanding Communication and Aging is the most accessible introductory text in the area of communication and aging. The book examines key topics such as interpersonal and family relationships in old age, media portrayals of aging, cultural variations in intergenerational communication, and health communication in old age. With a lively presentation style, the book presents central research findings in the area while engaging students more broadly in the important questions concerning communication and human aging: Why do some people age more successfully than others? What role does communication play in shaping our attitudes and feelings about getting older? Are there different or better ways in which we could get old? Students will emerge with a greater understanding of communication and aging research, and with a greater interest and sensitivity to the ways in which communication is shaped by, and itself influences, the aging process.
 
Part I. Introduction to the Study of Aging and Intergenerational Communication
 
1. Perspectives on Aging
Why Study Aging?  
Approaches to Aging  
Methods for Studying Aging  
Summary  
Keywords and Theories  
Discussion Questions  
Annotated Bibliography  
 
2. A Communication Approach to Aging
Decline in Communication  
Counterpoint: A Positive Research Agenda on Aging  
Approaches to Communication and Aging  
Key Propositions Guiding the Book: A Communication Approach  
Summary  
Keywords and Theories  
Discussion Questions  
Annotated Bibliography  
 
Part II. Attitudes About Aging and Interpersonal Communication
 
3. Stereotypes and Attitudes About Aging and Intergenerational Communication
Distinguishing Stereotypes and Attitudes  
Attitudes Concerning Aging  
Stereotypes of Aging  
Age Identity-Talkin' 'Bout My Generation  
Cognitive Representations of Intergenerational Communication  
Why Do Negative Attitudes and Stereotypes Matter?  
Summary  
Keywords and Theories  
Discussion Questions  
Annotated Bibliography  
 
4. Aging, Identity, Attitudes, and Intergenerational Communication
Communication Accommodation Theory  
The Communication Predicament of Aging (CPA) Model  
The Age Stereotypes in Interaction Model  
Supporting Dependency  
Other Dimensions of Accommodation  
Age Identity: Disclosing and Concealing Age in Communication  
Summary  
Keywords and Theories  
Discussion Questions  
Annotated Bibliography  
 
5. Intragenerational Relationships in Older Adulthood
Marital Relationships in Old Age  
Intragenerational Friendships in Old Age  
Sibling Relationships  
Summary  
Keywords and Theories  
Discussion Questions  
Annotated Bibliography  
 
6. Intergenerational Relationships in Older Adulthood
Grandparenting  
The Parent-Child Relationship in Older Adulthood  
Intergenerational Friendships  
Summary  
Keywords and Theories  
Discussion Questions  
Annotated Bibliography  
 
7. Enhancing Communication with Older Adults
Change in Young People: The Influence of Intergenerational Contact on Attitudes  
Ending the Predicament: The Communication Enhancement Model  
Change in Older Adults: Confronting Patronizing Talk  
Communication Skills and Communication Training  
Summary  
Keywords and Theories  
Discussion Questions  
Annotated Bibliography  
 
Part III. Social Representations and Mass Communication
 
8. Mass Communication Portrayals of Older Adults
Underrepresentation  
Negative Representation  
Positive Portrayals  
The Media Industry  
Summary  
Keywords and Theories  
Discussion Questions  
Annotated Bibliography  
 
9. Uses and Effects of Media
Age Differences in Media Use  
Uses and Gratifications Theory  
Media Effects  
Older People as "Embracers" of Television?  
Summary  
Keywords and Theories  
Discussion Questions  
Annotated Bibliography  
 
10. Culture, Communication, and Aging
East Asia  
South Asia (India)  
United States Latino Cultures  
Native American Cultures  
Globalization and Transcultural Themes  
Summary  
Keywords and Theories  
Discussion Questions  
Annotated Bibliography  
 
Part IV. Contexts of Communication in Older Adulthood
 
11. Health and Health Care
Physician-Older Patient Interaction  
Support Groups for Caregivers  
Elder Abuse  
Additional Topics  
Summary  
Keywords and Theories  
Discussion Questions  
Annotated Bibliography  
 
12. Technology
Stereotypes of Older Adults-Technological Competence  
The Reality of Older Adults-Computer Use  
What Do Older People Do on the Internet?  
Technology and the Workplace  
Summary  
Keywords and Theories  
Discussion Questions  
Annotated Bibliography  
 
Part V. Conclusion
 
13. Conclusion
A Model of Aging in Individual and Societal Context  
What Can You Do Now?  
Summary  
Keywords and Theories  
Discussion Questions  
Annotated Bibliography  

"This interesting, easy-to-read book provides a comprehensive framework for considering communication and aging in the context of biology, sociology, and psychology.  This thought provoking book is strongly anti-ageist.  It could serve as a broad overview for anyone interested in the myriad of issues related to communication and aging."  —SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

M. M. Slusser
DeSales University
Science & Technology

"At the center of the campaign is a guide for conversation-starters, complied with the assistance of Jake Harwood a University of Arizona professor of gerontology and author of "Understanding Communication and Aging" (2007, SAGE Publications).

—DES MOINES BUSINESS RECORD

DES MOINES BUSINESS RECORD
DES MOINES BUSINESS RECORD - 2/25/2008

"This interesting, easy-to-read book provides a comprehensive framework"
"Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through graduate students, professionals/practicioners, adn general readers."

M.M. Slusser
DeSales University
Choice

"This interesting, easy-to-read book provides a comprehensive framework for considering communication and aging in the contexts of biology, sociology, and psychology...This thought provoking book is strongly anti-ageist.  It could serve as a broad overview for anyone interested in the myriad of issues related to communication and aging.

M.M. Slusser
DeSales University
CHOICE

Great for supporting anti-ageist views. Approaches prejudice and discrimination well, and aims to enlighten learners on the importance of effective communication. Easy to read for learners of all abilities.

Miss Julie Anderson
Health , Tyne Metropolitan College
July 4, 2016

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