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Catalog description: Historical, biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging in our society are presented. Students examine aging as a stage in life and study the developmental tasks and life changes faced by the elderly in our society. Students also explore social welfare, social services, and social work, with an emphasis on direct practice skills as they apply to the aging individual in the community: local, county, regional, and contemporary society. Classroom practice sessions develop and improve skills in direct care of the elderly.
Topical research in the study of the mental aspects, social welfare and health of the ageing population. Topics discussed include assessing the quality of life of the elderly population; age-related ophthalmic disease; assessment of the at-risk older driver; social services for the elderly in Hong Kong; increased lifespan for people with intellectual disabilities and locomotor disability in the aged.
Explores the major topics in social gerontology worldwide and the demands that the aging population places on a society. Includes contributions from international gerontology scholars and illustrates both universal and socioculturally unique aspects of aging across nations.
This sixth edition of a classic multidisciplinary text for students of gerontology continues to offer practical, reader-friendly information about the physical changes and common pathologies associated with the aging process. It places special emphasis on the psychological and social implications of these changes in the lives of older adults. The book is distinguished by its thorough focus on anatomy and physiology and common health problems pertaining to each body system. It emphasizes the positive aspects of aging and demonstrates how the elderly population can gain greater personal control, through lifestyle changes and preventive health strategies, toward the goal of optimal aging.
Today, aging is frequently seen as a problem to be solved and death as a harsh reality to be masked. In part, our cultural confusion is rooted in an inadequate conception of the human person, which is based on a notion of absolute individual autonomy that cannot but fail in the face of the dependency that comes with aging and decline at the end of life. To help correct the ethical impoverishment at the root of our contemporary social confusion, The Evening of Life provides an interdisciplinary examination of the challenges of aging and dying well.
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