Handbook of Theories of Aging, Third Edition

Author: Dr. Vern L. Bengtson, PhD,Dr. Richard Settersten, Jr, PhD

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826129439

Category: Social Science

Page: 752

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This state-of-the-art handbook will keep researchers and practitioners in gerontology abreast of the newest theories and models of aging. With virtually all new contributors and content, this edition contains 35 chapters by the most highly respected luminaries in the field. It addresses theories and concepts built on cumulative knowledge in four disciplinary areas- biology, psychology, social sciences, and policy and practice- as well as landmark advances in trans-disciplinary science. With its explicit focus on theory, the handbook is unique in providing essential knowledge about primary explanations for aging, spanning from cells to societies. The chapters in the third edition place a strong emphasis on the future of theory development, assessing the current state of theories and providing a roadmap for how theory can shape research, and vice versa, in years to come. Many chapters also address connections between theories and policy or practice. Each set of authors has been asked to consider how theories in their area address matters of diversity and inequalities in aging, and how theories might be revised or tested with these matters in mind. The third edition also contains a new section, "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants," which includes personal essays by senior gerontologists who share their perspectives on the history of ideas in their fields, and on their experiences with the process and prospects of developing good theory. Hallmarks of the Third Edition: Highlights important gains in trans-disciplinary theories of aging Emphasizes the future of theory development Provides insights on theory development from living legends in gerontology Examines what human diversity and inequality mean for aging theories Emphasizes interconnections between theory, research, intervention, and policy Underscores international issues with greater representation of international authors Includes section introductions by the editors and associate editors that summarize theoretical developments Key Features: Highlights variability and diversity in aging processes, from the cellular level of biological aging to the societal level of public policy Provides insights on theory development from living legends in gerontology Offers intergenerational, interdisciplinary, and international perspectives Disseminates a forward-thinking, future-oriented focus in theory development
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Disciplinary Approaches to Aging: Sociology of aging

Author: Donna Lind Infeld

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415938983

Category: Reference

Page: 368

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This volume is a comprehensive collection of critical essays on The Taming of the Shrew, and includes extensive discussions of the play's various printed versions and its theatrical productions. Aspinall has included only those essays that offer the most influential and controversial arguments surrounding the play. The issues discussed include gender, authority, female autonomy and unruliness, courtship and marriage, language and speech, and performance and theatricality.
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Gerontology in the Era of the Third Age

Implications and Next Steps

Author: Dawn C. Carr, PhD,Kathrin S. Komp, PhD (C)

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780826105974

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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The "third age" is described as the period in the life course that occurs after retirement but prior to the onset of disability, revealing a period in which individuals have the capacity to remain actively engaged. This book serves as a comprehensive discussion about how the emergence of the third age has changed the way we think about and examine traditional frameworks regarding aging issues and the life course. It introduces the discussion of the unique challenges and opportunities that older adults face while moving through this early phase of later life, proposing new frameworks, concepts, and methods to re-examine later life in the context of the era of the third age. This book proposes new ways of thinking about how we conceptualize the life course, think about the role of the welfare state in the lives of older people, negotiate social roles in later life, make meaning of our lives as we age, and cultivate relationships with others during later life. It brings together theoretical concepts and frameworks, methodological advances, and emerging themes and controversies that are redefining gerontology in the era of the Third Age. Highlighting important issues that warrant further exploration and discussion, this book advances our understanding of the Third Age and focuses attention on critical issues that should be addressed in future Third Age research and scholarly development. Key Features: Includes up-to-date description and analysis of the third age as a concept, life phase, and social status Addresses multiple perspectives to illustrate the impact of the third age on the way we examine later life Uses disciplinary perspectives such as social policy, demography, gerontology, sociology, social work, anthropology, and social psychology Examines mechanisms that stratify the older population in the context of the third age
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Ageing in Society

Author: John Bond,Sheila M Peace,Freya Dittmann-Kohli,Gerben Westerhof

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1848607245

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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`Ageing in Society brings forth exciting new questions, fresh perspectives, and a necessary critical approach to key issues - this is indeed an authoritative introduction. The authors not only have made significant contributions to gerontology, but offer the reader considerations for what could be, not just what is, the design of old age in society. The book will inform students in ways that so many texts in the area, satisfied with comfortable bromides, do not' - Jaber Gubrium, Editor of Journal of Aging Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia `This completely revised Third Edition of Ageing in Society presents one of the most comprehensive pictures of ageing today. Emphasising the dual processes of ageing societies and the experience of ageing, the book offers the reader - student or researcher alike - cogent discussions of the most up to date perspectives and evidence available. The contributors are all leading experts in their fields - comprising a range of important disciplines as they apply to ageing. Ageing in Society is a cutting edge text on one of the most important subjects facing the modern world - a must for all students of ageing' - Mike Bury, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of London `The Third Edition of the comprehensive textbook Ageing in Society extends its scope to include continental Europe, allowing broader as well as deeper insights into recent trends in gerontology. Gerontologists and practitioners are urged not to stop reading before they have reached the insightful last chapter "Ageing into the future"!' - Professor Dorly Deeg, Editor-in-Chief European Journal of Ageing The Third Edition of this popular and widely-used text provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of ageing, exploring the key theories, concepts and methods which the behavioural and social sciences contribute to the subject. Thoroughly revised and updated, Ageing in Society reflects new trends in gerontology, incorporating recent developments in theory and research as well as major international and interdisciplinary perspectives. A new chapter on cognitive ageing has been added and key themes, such as social protection, retirement, health and illness, and cultural images of old age are also critically examined. Ageing in Society was developed by the British Society of Gerontology to fulfil the need for an authoritative introduction to social gerontology. As such, it is an ideal resource for students and lecturers in the social and behavioural sciences, as well as for students and practitioners in health and social care.
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Gerontology

Perspectives and Issues, Third Edition

Author: Kenneth F. Ferraro, PhD,Janet M. Wilmoth, PhD

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780826104809

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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Designated a Doody's Core Title! THE GROUNDBREAKING TEXT ON GERONTOLOGY, UPDATED TO ADDRESS THE INTERDISCIPLINARY NATURE OF THE STUDY OF AGING What is Gerontology? How Does Aging Affect the Mind and the Body? How Does Social Context Influence Aging and Life Course Development? What are the Needs and Interests of an Older Population? These questions are sparking the most important research in gerontology, and this third edition of the perennial text brings the research and its resulting theories from across the various disciplines into one broad overview of gerontology. This interdisciplinary approach is key to developing a strong "gerontological imagination," a necessary base for the study of gerontology. Use this volume to discover the cellular realities of aging alongside the social forces that play a role in developing Alzheimer's. Study the effects of nutrition and exercise in older lives and learn how the demographics of aging affect them. By combining knowledge from different disciplines, Wilmoth and Ferraro have created a comprehensive picture of gerontology today that will enhance any course instruction and provide a new window into the future of the discipline. Springer Publishing--Serving the Healthcare and Helping Professions for More Than 55 Years
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Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences

Author: Linda George

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 9780123808813

Category: Medical

Page: 388

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Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, Seventh Edition, provides extensive reviews and critical evaluations of research on the social aspects of aging. It also makes available major references and identifies high-priority topics for future research. The book is organized into four parts. Part 1 reviews developments in the field of age and the life course (ALC) studies and presents guidelines on conducting cohort analysis. Part 2 covers the demographic aspects of aging; longevity trends; disability and aging; and stratification and inequality research. Part 3 includes chapters that examine socioeconomic position and racial/ethnic disparities in health at older ages; the role of social factors in the distribution, antecedents, and consequences of depression; and aspects of private wealth transfers and the changing nature of family gift-giving. Part 4 deals with pension reform in Europe; the political activities of older Americans; the future of retirement security; and gender differences in old age. The Handbook is intended for researchers, professional practitioners, and students in the field of aging. It can also serve as a basic reference tool for scholars, professionals, and others who are not presently engaged in research and practice directly focused on aging and the aged. Contains all the main areas of social science gerontological research in one volume Begins with a section on theory and methods Edited by one of the fathers of gerontology (Binstock) and contributors represent top scholars in gerontology
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Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences

Author: Linda George,Kenneth Ferraro

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0124172857

Category: Psychology

Page: 552

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Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, Eighth Edition, presents the extraordinary growth of research on aging individuals, populations, and the dynamic culmination of the life course, providing a comprehensive synthesis and review of the latest research findings in the social sciences of aging. As the complexities of population dynamics, cohort succession, and policy changes modify the world and its inhabitants in ways that must be vigilantly monitored so that aging research remains relevant and accurate, this completely revised edition not only includes the foundational, classic themes of aging research, but also a rich array of emerging topics and perspectives that advance the field in exciting ways. New topics include families, immigration, social factors, and cognition, caregiving, neighborhoods, and built environments, natural disasters, religion and health, and sexual behavior, amongst others. Covers the key areas in sociological gerontology research in one volume, with an 80% update of the material Headed up by returning editor Linda K. George, and new editor Kenneth Ferraro, highly respected voices and researchers within the sociology of aging discipline Assists basic researchers in keeping abreast of research and clinical findings Includes theory and methods, aging and social structure, social factors and social institutions, and aging and society Serves as a useful resource—an inspiration to those searching for ways to contribute to the aging enterprise, and a tribute to the rich bodies of scholarship that comprise aging research in the social sciences
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Gerontology and the Construction of Old Age

Author: Bryan S. R. Green

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 0202366316

Category: Social Science

Page: 226

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Although attitudes toward the aged and their care are inherent in any society, gerontology itself is a relatively recent field of study and practice. Gerontology and the Construction of Old Age applies the methods of discourse analysis and textual analysis to texts and documents in this newly evolved and eclectic fi eld. Green explores and identifies the literary methods and discursive regularities through which aging and the aged have been made into objects of study and treatment, and which together form a mode of knowledge production that will infl uence future texts in the field. Because such formats of representation limit rational diagnoses of problems and rational courses of ameliorative action, policy implications in the fi eld of gerontology are a major interest of this study. Another interest is methodological. Within the broader constructionist approach to social reality, Green takes the position of "constitutive realism": the notion that social reality is linguistically constructed, primarily in speech and writing. The book's two aims are to describe analytically the fi eld of gerontology. The field is important both for its growing academic presence and for its practical eff ects on discourse and policy concerning old age. It also hopes to help develop possibilities of inquiry associated with the linguistic, literary, and rhetorical turns of social science in recent years. Gerontology and the Construction of Old Age is a substantive investigation, at considerable theoretical depth, of gerontology itself, as well as a methodological treatise with broader implications for social science as it focuses upon the discourse of various professional fi elds. Bryan S. Green is professor emeritus of sociology at York University. He is the author of Knowing the Poor: A Case-Study in Textual Reality Construction and Literary Methods and Sociological Theory. His research interests include the application of textual and discourse analysis to gerontology and the literary construction of policy reports. Roberta R. Greene is the Louis and Ann Wolens Centennial Chair in Gerontology and Social Welfare at the University of Texas at Austin. Robert G. Blundo is professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of North Carolina- Wilmington.
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Issues in Aging

Author: Mark Novak

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317347080

Category: Social Science

Page: 576

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Opportunities and optimism in Aging. Issues in Aging, 3rd edition takes an optimistic view of aging and human potential in later life. This book presents the most up-to-date facts on aging today, the issues raised by these facts, and the societal and individual responses that will create a successful old age for us all. Mark Novak presents the full picture of aging--exhibiting both the problems and the opportunities that accompany older age. The text illustrates how generations are dependent on one another and how social conditions affect both the individual and social institutions. Learning Goals -Upon completing this book, readers will be able to: -Understand how large-scale social issues--social attitudes, the study of aging, and demographic issues--affect individuals and social institutions -Identify the political responses to aging and how individuals can create a better old age for themselves and the people they know -Separate the myths from the realities of aging -Recognize the human side of aging -Trace the transformation of pension plans, health, and opportunities for personal expression and social engagement to the new ecology of aging today
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Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences

Author: Robert H. Binstock,Linda K. George,Stephen J. Cutler,Jon Hendricks,James H. Schulz

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 0080495184

Category: Social Science

Page: 544

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The Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, Sixth Edition provides a comprehensive summary and evaluation of recent research on the social aspects of aging. The 25 chapters are divided into four sections discussing Aging and Time, Aging and Social Structure, Social Factors and Social Institutions, and Aging and Society. Within this context, aging is examined from the perspectives of many disciplines and professions including anthropology, bioethics, demography, economics, epidemiology, law, political science, psychology, and sociology. The Sixth Edition of the Handbook is virtually 100% new material. Seventeen chapters are on subjects not carried in the previous edition. Seven topics were carried over from the previous edition but written by new authors with fresh perspectives and brought up to date. Some of the exciting new topics include social relationships in late life, technological change and aging, religion and aging, lifestyle and aging, perceived quality of life, economic security in retirement, and aging and the law. There is also a greater emphasis on international perspectives, particularly in chapters on aging and politics, diversity and aging, and immigration. The Handbook will be of use to researchers and professional practitioners working with the aged. It is also suitable for use as a course text for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses on aging and the social sciences.
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Health, Illness, and Optimal Aging, Third Edition

Biological and Psychosocial Perspectives

Author: Carolyn M. Aldwin, Ph.D.,Heidi Igarashi, PhD,Diane Fox Gilmer, Ph.D.,Michael R. Levenson, PhD

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 082613405X

Category: Social Science

Page: 424

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Health, Illness, and Optimal Aging: Biological and Psychosocial Perspectives, Third Edition shows the continuity and advancements in our understanding of human life-span development... It offers a solid foundation for exploring the art and science of successful aging.- Robert M. Kaplan, Stanford University
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Contexts of Ageing

Class, Cohort and Community

Author: Chris Gilleard,Paul Higgs

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745629490

Category: Social Science

Page: 206

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Drawing on a wide range of sources, this text analyses the social nature of later life in the context of the history of welfare states, the emergence of consumer society and across the lifecourse.
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Die Berliner Altersstudie

Author: Paul B Baltes,Karl Ulrich Mayer

Publisher: Akademie Verlag

ISBN: 9783050025742

Category: Philosophy

Page: 672

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Gegenwart und Zukunft unserer Gesellschaft sind durch einen immer höheren Anteil alter und sehr alter Menschen geprägt. Die Berliner Altersstudie ist weltweit einzigartig in der Breite des Spektrums der beteiligten Wissenschaften und der sowohl disziplinär als auch interdisziplinär bestimmten Untersuchungsgebiete, in dem Fokus auf das hohe Alter (70- bis über 100jährige) und in dem empirischen Bezug auf eine repräsentativ ausgewählte Stadtbevölkerung. Der Band berichtet unter anderem über geistige Leistungsfähigkeit, Persönlichkeit und soziale Beziehungen im Alter, über körperliche Gesundheit, medizinische Versorgung und zahnmedizinischen Status, über psychische Erkrankungen wie Demenz und Depression, über soziale und kulturelle Aktivitäten und die wirtschaftliche Situation, über Alltagskompetenz, subjektives Wohlbefinden und Unterschiede zwischen Frauen und Männern. Die Studie wurde im Rahmen der Arbeitsgruppe "Altern und gesellschaftliche Entwicklung" der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften durch geführt. Die Autorinnen und Autoren arbeiten überwiegend am Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, an der Freien Universität Berlin und an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
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Sociology of Ageing

A Reader

Author: Ajaya Kumar Sahoo,Gavin J. Andrews,S. Irudaya Rajan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9788131601907

Category: Social Science

Page: 459

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Over the past thirty years, the sociological study of ageing has progressed from being a narrowly focused, modestly sized, problem-orientated sub-field of disciplinary inquiry to its current status as a distinct, extremely wide-ranging endeavor that deals with many aspects of older peoples' economic, social, and cultural lives. This volume brings together a broad range of theoretical essays and specific case studies by eminent scholars in the field. Sociology of Ageing: A Reader will be a useful resource for not only sociology students and professional sociologists, but also for those based in social anthropology, psychology, geography, population studies, politics, and cultural studies.
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Aging, Society, and the Life Course, Fifth Edition

Author: Leslie A. Morgan, PhD,Suzanne R. Kunkel, PhD

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826121721

Category: Medical

Page: 352

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This classic text, now in its fifth edition, is distinguished by its emphasis on social context, social processes, and social structures as part of a broader understanding of the sociology of aging and the life course. Presenting an objective view of the realities of aging both positive and negative, the book examines aging from micro/macro, personal, community, societal, and global perspectives. This fifth edition describes important changes in the field of social gerontology and growth in such topics as diversity, global aging, and the life course. It addresses major shifts in public policy, social institutions, and aging-related programming initiatives. There is a strong focus on the changing landscape of aging, particularly in regard to social engagement, employment and lifelong learning, enhanced health and independence, and livable communities for people of all ages. Additionally, the book includes new information on the Affordable Care Act, and end-of-life issues.
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Aging in China

Implications to Social Policy of a Changing Economic State

Author: Sheying Chen,Jason L. Powell

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781441983510

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 284

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China, which is fast on its way to becoming the most powerful economic force in the world, has four unique characteristics that distinguish it from other countries in Asia: (1) The proportion of aging population is growing faster than that of Japan (the country previously recognized as having the fastest rate) and much faster than nations in western Europe. (2) An early arrival of an aging population before modernization has fully taken place, with social policy implications. It is certain that China will face a severely aged population before it has sufficient time and resources to establish an adequate social security and service system for older people. (3) There will be fluctuations in the total dependency ratio. The Chinese government estimates are that the country will reach a higher dependent burden earlier in the twenty-first century than was previously forecast. (4) The government’s fertility policy (single child per family) and its implementation has a strong influence on the aging process. Fewer children are being born, but with more elderly people a conflict arises between the objectives to limit population increase and yet maintain a balanced age structure (Peng and Guo 2001). The intersection of these fourfold factors means that the increased aging population is giving rise to serious concerns among Chinese social policy makers. There is a chronic lack of good resource materials that attempt to make sense of social policy in its relationship to examining the problems and possibilities of human aging grounded in an analysis of economic of social policy in China and impact on rural and urban spaces. Such analysis of China will be covered by conceptual, theoretical, and empirical approaches. The book will also discuss substantive topics of housing, community care, family care, pensions, and mental health. The book brings together a truly world class array of researchers to provide discussions of critical implications of aging social policy and the economic impact in China.
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Ageing, Dementia and the Social Mind

Author: Paul Higgs,Chris Gilleard

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119397871

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

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A groundbreaking exploration of the sociology of dementia — with contributions from distinguished international scholars and practitioners. Organised around the four themes of personhood, care, social representations and social differentiation, Ageing, Dementia and the Social Mind provides a critical look at how modern concepts and assumptions regarding dementia can benefit from sociology and other disciplines. This collection addresses the gaps in our sociological knowledge of dementia and provides a forum for the development of new themes and perspectives within the health social sciences. This important work breaks new ground in giving specific attention to the social and cultural dimensions of responses to dementia. A valuable and long overdue addition to the literature on medical sociology, Ageing, Dementia and the Social Mind will undoubtedly have broad international appeal to academics, researchers and higher-level students of gerontology, health, nursing and social work, as well as those employed within social and health care.
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Aging in Society

An Introduction to Social Gerontology

Author: John Bond (BA.)

Publisher: Sage Publications

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 332

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This comprehensive textbook introduces the reader to the main approaches to understanding ageing. The book is clearly written and well structured. Each chapter has been specially commissioned from a leading expert in the field. Drawing on theoretical perspectives from sociology, psychology and biology, the authors show how each perspective focuses on different aspects of ageing, makes particular assumptions, uses concepts in distinct ways, poses specific questions and arrives at different explanations of the ageing process. These various approaches are shown to be complementary and contribute to our understanding of the ageing process in different ways. This text will help students to develop a fuller understanding of the key features of ageing. The reader is encouraged to be critical of studies which view old age as a social problem and those which stress the negative quality of public attitudes to old age. By explaining issues of ageing within the perspective of the whole life span andtaking a multidisciplinary perspective, the authors present a more positive view of human ageing. Ageing in Society has been developed by the British Society of Gerontology to fill the need for an introductory text which draws together approaches from a range of disciplines and professions involved in the study of ageing. This essential text will be required reading for students and academics across the social sciences taking courses on ageing and the life course; and for those working in the health and caring professions, social work and psychiatiric medicine.
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Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Aging

Author: Connie Watkins Bales,Julie L. Locher,Edward Saltzman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1493919296

Category: Medical

Page: 442

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This is the new and fully revised third edition of the well-received text that is the benchmark book in the field of nutrition and aging. The editors (specialists in geriatric nutrition, medical sociology, and clinical nutrition, respectively) and contributors (a panel of recognized academic nutritionists, geriatricians, clinicians, and other scientists) have added a number of new chapters and have thoroughly updated the widely acclaimed second edition. This third edition provides fresh perspectives and the latest scientific and clinical developments on the interaction of nutrition with age-associated disease and provides practical, evidence-based options to enhance this at-risk population’s potential for optimal health and disease prevention. Chapters on a wide range of topics, such as the role of nutrition in physical and cognitive function, and coverage of an array of clinical conditions (obesity, diabetes, heart failure, cancer, kidney disease, osteoporosis), compliment chapters on food insecurity, anti-aging and nutritional supplements, making this third edition uniquely different from previous editions. Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Aging, Third Edition, is a practical and comprehensive resource and an invaluable guide to nutritionists, physicians, nurses, social workers and others who provide health care for the ever-increasing aging population.
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