Aging Matters: An Introduction to Social Gerontology by Nancy Hooyman, Kevin S. Kawamoto, H. Asuman S. Kiyak

By Nancy Hooyman, Kevin S. Kawamoto, H. Asuman S. Kiyak


Presents Social Gerontology from a number of Perspectives


Aging issues illuminates cultural, organic, physiological, emotional, cognitive, monetary, and social elements of getting older. an invaluable advisor to various disciplines, this identify is helping readers of all academic backgrounds comprehend the dynamic interactions among older humans and their environments.




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6 chronological aging, p. 5 cohort, p. 6 cross-sectional, p. 7 geriatrics, p. 2 life course, p. 3 longitudinal study, p. 6 psychological aging, p. 6 resiliency, p. 3 sequential designs, p. 7 social aging, p. 6 social gerontology, p. 2 strengths perspective, p. 3 review questions 1. How does the term geriatrics differ from gerontology? 2. What are some of the limitations of chronological age to describe an older adult? 3. How would you define biological, psychological, and social aging? indd 9 4.

But race/ethnicity and sexual orientation have profound differences on the individual process of aging. Elders of Color Today, slightly more than 20 percent of the population over age 65 is composed of persons of color, with African American elders the largest group, and American Indians the smallest. 7 percent among whites over age 65). Indeed, among Americans younger than age 65, almost 30 percent are ­persons of color. The difference results p ­ rimarily from higher fertility and mortality rates among the younger nonwhite population and high rates of immigration of younger adults (AoA, 2012; Treas & Carreon, 2010).

Throughout this book, we will give numerous examples of lifestyle choices that can increase your chances of aging in a healthy manner. If you are a 20-year-old reading this, you will probably live well into your eighties, b ­ arring accidents or natural disasters. Consider what your life might be like then by completing the “When I am age 80” exercise on page 14. Most gains in life expectancy have occurred in the younger ages, largely due to the eradication of many diseases that caused high infant and childhood mortality.

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