Judith A. Sugar PhD, Robert Riekse EdD, Henry Holstege PhD,'s Introduction to Aging: A Positive, Interdisciplinary PDF

By Judith A. Sugar PhD, Robert Riekse EdD, Henry Holstege PhD, Michael Faber MA


This new textbook creates a paradigm shift with a really sensible method of challenge fixing. getting older is an asset. Its specialize in good care instead of simply ill care by means of knowing actual health, sexual health, purchaser health, dietary health and social health between others, all element to getting older as an asset resulting in civic health and the potential of intergenerational aid. this article can help springboard Gerontology into the twenty first Century because the box growing pleasure and wish for college kids and lecturers alike.

Cullen T. Hayashida, Ph.D.
Director, Kupuna (Elder) schooling Center
Kapi'olani neighborhood College
collage of Hawaii

This research-based but hugely attractive textbook for undergraduate and masters-level students ushers in a brand new paradigm of aging-that of getting older as a good degree of existence. It deals an interdisciplinary point of view at the vast diversity of subject matters that include gerontology, utilizing theoretical and research-based details whereas offering engrossing narratives and actual examples of recent developments, excellent findings, and debatable topics.

The quantity dispels a number of the myths approximately getting older via cautious reporting of evidence, matters, and traits. It sheds a good gentle on aging by way of viewing the aged and close to previous as a various, able subset of our inhabitants. A dialogue of roles within the kinfolk, place of work, and larger society besides actual alterations, future health, sexuality, residing setting, paintings, retirement, and cultural issues demonstrate the demanding situations and possibilities confronted through our quickly getting older population.

Key Features:

  • Conceptualizes getting older in the United States as a good social revolution with far-reaching results
  • Dispels unfavourable myths approximately getting older
  • Engages the reader with bright narratives
  • Includes functional functions of information during the textual content
  • Provides instructor's guide and assets for extra studying possibilities
  • Targeted to the wishes of undergraduate and masters-level gerontology scholars


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More and more articles appeared describing the older person in terms of “pathological deterioration, eccentric behavior, and painful irrelevance” (p. 15). ” Social workers, policy makers, politicians, and writers increasingly portrayed the elderly as impoverished and maudlin stories began to appear concerning the tragic plight of America’s aged. Out of this type of environment, as well as the changes taking place in Europe in regard to the acceptance of various forms of social welfare, a movement began in the United States to help the elderly, which culminated in the Social Security Act of 1935.

He walks with vigor and has a strong, firm voice and an even stronger handshake. He says he might reduce his vigorous schedule on his 90th birthday, or by then he might decide to take up skydiving! Josephine is 77. She thinks that exercising is for young people and that older people who engage in physical activity are risking a heart attack. She says that by the time you get into your late 70s, you just don’t do much, and she doesn’t. Most days, Josephine just stays in her home and putters around.

You might ask, why include information on practical application in a gerontology textbook? Simply put, this book includes research-based facts, figures, data, and theoretical information related to aging and the realities of an aging society; yet to know these things is often not enough to work effectively with an older adult population. Therefore, the practical application sections of this book will share practice-based practical information learned through years of real life experience in working with older persons, their families, caregivers, and the professionals who serve them.

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