Health, Illness, and Optimal Aging: Biological and Psychosocial Perspectives

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In Health, Illness, and Optimal Aging: Biological and Psychosocial Perspectives, Carolyn M. Aldwin and Diane F. Gilmer undertake the challenging task of assembling an objective and holistic picture of human aging. The authors provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary coverage of the physical aspects of aging, including age-related changes and disease-related processes, the demography of the aging population, theories of aging, and the promotion of optimal aging. In addition, the book covers the psychosocial aspects of aging, including mental health, stress and coping, spirituality, and care giving in later years.

Health, Illness and Optimal Aging is recommended for researchers seeking an overview of health psychology and aging, as well as undergraduate and graduate students taking classes in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. This text is also valuable for practitioners working with the elderly in fields such as nursing, social work, occupational and physical therapy, day-care and nursing home administration, psychology, and rehabilitation.

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Contents

DEMOGRAPHIC THEORETICAL
13
Theories of Aging
43
AGING OF BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
95
Aging of the Internal Organ Systems
120
9 Anatomy of the Male Urinary System
158
Aging and the Regulatory Systems
163
1 Anatomy of the Ear
166
3 Structure of the Brain
174
PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS
227
Stress Coping and Health
254
1 Peripheral Pathways of the Autonomic
257
3 A Triune Model of Reactions to Stress
263
Social Support Health and Aging
283
AGING ACCELERATORS AND DECELERATORS
301
References
323
Author Index
381

5 Endocrine Glands
186
8 Organs of the Immune System
200
Functional Health Health Promotion and Quality of Life
208
1 Percentage of Older Adults Unable to Perform
211
Subject Index
405
About the Authors 417
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About the author (2004)

Dr. Carolyn Aldwin is Chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Prior to that, she was Professor of Human and Community Development at the University of California, Davis. She received her doctorate from the University of California at San Francisco, was a post-doctoral fellow in the Program in Social Ecology at the University of California at Irvine, and spent five years at the Veterans Administration Normative Aging Study in Boston. She still collaborates with investigators on this study, and directs the Davis Longitudinal Study. She is currently co-editor for Psychology and Health, and was associate editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Her research on health and aging has been funded by the National Institute of Aging. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, as well as the American Psychological Association in Divisions 20 (Adult Development and Aging) and 38 (Health Psychology). She is an avid cyclist and hiker.

Dr. Gilmer is a Lecturer and Post-Graduate Researcher in the Department of Human and Community Development at the University of California, Davis. She received a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Portland, Portland, Oregon, and a Master of Science in Education and a doctorate in Human Development at the University of California, Davis. She is certified as an adult/family nurse practitioner and has worked extensively with the elderly. Currently she teaches a course on Health and Aging at the University. She enjoys gardening, walking with her two springer spaniels, and sailing on San Francisco Bay with her husband and adult children.

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