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Aging and Older Adulthood - 05 edition

Aging and Older Adulthood (ISBN10: 0534356362; ISBN13: 9780534356361)
ISBN13: 978-0534356361
ISBN10: 0534356362

Summary: Filled with examples that reflect the diversity of the world we live in, Erber's accessible, yet science-based book focuses on research and theory that add to our understanding of aging and older adulthood. Erber organizes the book around complementary 'big point-of-view' theories that focus on successful aging and successful adaptation (such as 'selective optimization with compensation') as well as on those that emphasize matching the person's competencies with dema morends of the environment (such as the 'ecological model'). To ensure that students acquire a big-picture understanding of the theory's application, Erber closes each chapter with a discussion of these theoretical models.


  • Two "big picture" theories -- "Selective Optimization with Compensation (SOC)" and "Ecological Model (EM)" provide a unifying context for understanding successful aging and the importance of environment. Erber describes these two theories in Chapter 1, and then revisits them at the end of every chapter to help students understand the importance and application of theory.
  • Chapter-opening vignettes capture student interest and provide snapshots of real people to which students can relate.
  • Three different theme indexes: "Diversity," "Environmental Influences on the Aging Process," and "Applications to Everyday Life" appear on the inside front cover of the text. These theme indexes showcase the thorough integration of diversity, environment, and applications throughout the book and, provide a convenient reference for locating these topics.
  • Chapter 12, "Facing the End and a Look to the Future" emphasizes positive aspects of older adulthood and aging, and summarizes future trends in research.
  • End of chapter Key Points and Key Terms help students review the important concepts in each chapter.
  • Numerous tables and figures engage students with practical information and help make research personally relevant. Reviewers have praised Erber's inclusion, for example, of the "Longevity Quiz: Will you Live to be 100?" examples of transcripts; "Words Used to Test Long-Term Episodic Memory;" "Brief Mental Status Questionnaire used to Screen for Dementia;" Personality Factors with Examples of Desirable and Undesirable Traits, and many more.
  • Unlike many books that broadly cover young, middle, and older adulthood, Erber's emphasis on later adulthood and aging adds to students' understanding of this unique life stage. less

Edition/Copyright: 05
Cover: Hardback
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Year Published: 2005
International: No

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