The field of gerontology, the study of aging, has emerged as an area of increasing importance. This book is an introduction to the multidisciplinary field of gerontology. The text, with its friendly narrative style, assumes no prior knowledge of gerontology, sociology, or psychology.
Preface.Part One: Social Aspects of Gerontology. An Aging Population. The Social World of Older People. Older People and Their Families. Minorities and Cultural Diversity. Part Two: Physical and Psychological Aspects of Gerontology. The Aging Body. Psychological Development. Health and Illness in Later Life. Aging and Mental Health. Older People and the Health Care System. The End of Life. Part Three: Societal Issues and Responses. Economics, Work, and Retirement. Abuse and Neglect. Older People and the Political World. Programs and Services. References.