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Issues in Aging

4th Edition

By Mark Novak

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800 pages | 149 B/W Illus.

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Issues in Aging combines social, psychological, biological, and philosophical perspectives to present a multifaceted picture of aging. Novak illustrates both the problems and the opportunities that accompany older age. This text helps students understand the tremendous variability in aging and introduces them to careers working with older adults.

This new edition reflects the continued changes in the way we age. The fourth edition has been updated to include emerging issues in aging. These include the prevalence of HIV/AIDs in later life, current research on mental potential in old age, the creation of age-friendly cities, and new options for end-of-life care.

Each chapter begins with a set of learning objectives to guide students in their reading, and concludes with a list of main points, questions for discussion or study, suggested readings, and relevant web sites to consult. Each chapter also includes up-to-date charts and graphs as well as key terms to help students understand the issues presented. Break out boxes reveal the human side of aging through the stories of individuals in real life and in the media.

Table of Contents

1 AGING TODAY

2 THEORIES AND METHODS

3 DEMOGRAPHY

4 PERSONAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

5 THE LIFE COURSE

6 RACE AND ETHNICITY

7 THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

8 FINANCES AND ECONOMICS

9 RETIREMENT AND WORK

10 HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

11 LEISURE, RECREATION, AND EDUCATION

12 FAMILY LIFE

13 SOCIAL SUPPORT

14 DEATH AND DYING

15 POLITICS AND POLICIES

About the Author

Mark Novak is Professor of Sociology at California State University Bakersfield

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General

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