This new edition has been completely rewritten and includes chapters that address key topics in diversity and aging: research methods, psychological aging; health beliefs, behaviors, and services; health disparities; informal and formal care for older persons; work and retirement; religious affiliation and spirituality; and death, dying, and bereavement. Taking a broad view of diversity, Mehrotra and Wagner discuss elements of diversity such as gender, race or ethnicity, religious affiliation, social class, rural-urban community location and sexual orientation. Including these elements allows them to convey some of the rich complexities of our diverse culture - complexities that provide both challenges to meet the needs of diverse population and opportunities to learn how to live in a pluralistic society.
Throughout the book, Mehrotra and Wagner present up-to-date knowledge and scholarship in a way that engages readers in active learning. Rather than simply transmitting information, the authors place ongoing emphasis on developing readers’ knowledge and skills; fostering higher order thinking and encouraging exploration of personal values and attitudes.
Distinctive features of the book include:
This approach of presenting the material will help the readers understand and apply key concepts and principles in ways that will not only improve the lives of older people they serve, but will also enhance their own aging experience.
"The book is timely and a valuable resource for anyone working in education, research or practice in the field of aging. The coverage of diversity includes excellent information about the primary diverse groups of U.S. society. An excellent resource to increase knowledge of diversity issues and enhance sensitivity in serving diverse consumers. It is useful as a text for researchers, educators, and practitioenrs in the field." - Jan Hodges, PhD., CTRS, University of North Texas in Activities, Adaptation and Aging
Introduction to the Second Edition. Aging and Diversity. Research Methods. Psychology and Aging. Health Beliefs, Behaviors, and Services. Inequalities in Health. Informal and Formal Care for Older Persons. Work, Retirement, and Leisure. Religious Affiliation and Spirituality. Death, Dying, and Bereavement. Epilogue.