Aging as a Social Process: Canadian Perspectives

Paperback | November 26, 2013

byAndrew V. Wister, Barry D. McPherson

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Looking beyond biology to explore the complex social process of aging, this fully updated sixth edition draws on a wide variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives to reveal the individual and societal dimensions of aging in Canada.

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Looking beyond biology to explore the complex social process of aging, this fully updated sixth edition draws on a wide variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives to reveal the individual and societal dimensions of aging in Canada.

Andrew Wister is a professor and chair of the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University. He has written several important articles on gerontology in Canada, and has worked in conjunction with Barry McPherson on the last edition of Aging as a Social Process. Barry D. McPherson is the former dean of graduate studies and rese...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.66 inPublished:November 26, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Note: All chapters include:- Summary- Focal Points and Key Facts- For Reflection, Debate, or Action- NotesPart One: An Introduction to Individual and Population Aging1. Aging as a Social ProcessIntroduction: Challenges of an Aging WorldPopulation Aging: Adding Years to LifeIndividual Aging: Adding Life to YearsInteracting Aging ProcessesDimensions of Social AgingImages of Aging and Their Influence on Individuals and SocietyThe Field of Gerontology Grows UpThree Conceptual Dimensions to Understand the Study of AgingCritical Issues and Challenges for an Aging Society2. Historical and Cultural Perspectives on AgingIntroduction: Diversity in Aging Across Time and PlaceAging in Canada's Multicultural SocietyThe Multiple Meanings of CultureHistorical and Comparative Approaches to Understanding Aging ProcessesThe Modernization Hypothesis and the Changing Status of Older PeopleAging in Pre-industrial SocietiesDiversity of Aging during ModernizationAging in Subcultures3. Individual Aging: Physical and Psychological Change across the Life CourseIntroductionAging, Physical Structure, and the Physiological SystemsAging and the Motor and Sensory SystemsAging and Cognitive ProcessesPersonality Processes and Aging4. Population Aging: A Demographic Dynamics and Geographic PerspectiveIntroductionThe Study of DemographyGlobal Demographic and Epidemiological TransitionsDemographic Variations among Generations and Age CohortsDemography Is Not Destiny: The Misuse of Demographic StatisticsThe Demography of AgingAn Expanding Older PopulationThe Significance of Demographic IndicesGeographic Distribution of the Aging PopulationPart Two: The Social, Environmental, and Health Contexts of Aging5. Theories and Research in Explaining and Understanding Aging PhenomenaIntroductionThe Goals of Scholarly ResearchDeveloping Knowledge: The Use of Perspectives and TheoriesResearch Methods: The Search for AnswersMethodological Issues in Aging Research6. Social Structures, Social Inequality, and the Life CourseIntroductionSocial Structures and AgingAge Structures and the Life CourseAge Structures and Social Change7. Health Status and Health-Care TransitionsIntroduction: What Is Health?Models of Health and Health CareIs the Older Population Healthier over Time?Is the Mid-life Population Healthier over Time?Increasing Longevity and CentenariansDimensions of Health and IllnessMental HealthCanada's Health-Care System and Population Aging8. The Lived Environment: Community and Housing Alternatives in Later LifeIntroductionThe Multiple Meanings of CommunityAn Ecological Model of Aging: Person-Environment InteractionCoping with the Environment: Challenges and AdaptationsLiving Arrangements in Later LifeHousing Alternatives in Later LifeChanging Places: Local Moves and Migration in Later LifePart Three: Aging, Social Institutions, and Public Policy9. Family Ties, Relationships, and TransitionsIntroductionThe Concept of FamilyChanging Family and Kinship StructuresFactors Influencing Family RelationshipsFamily Ties and RelationshipsLife Transitions in a Family Context10. Work, Retirement, and Economic SecurityIntroductionOlder Workers in the Pre-retirement YearsThe Process of RetirementEconomic Security in Later Life11. Social Participation, Social Connectedness, and Leisure in Later LifeIntroductionSocial NetworksLoneliness and Social Isolation in Later Life: Myth or Fact?Social Participation in Later LifeAsocial Behaviour: Older CriminalsLeisure and Aging: Conceptual and Methodological Issues12. End of the Life Course: Social Support, Dying Well, and Public PolicyIntroductionSocial Support and Caregiving in an Aging SocietyInformal Social SupportFormal Social SupportSocial Intervention Strategies and IssuesEnd of the Life Course: Dying Well, with Support and DignityPublic Policy for an Aging PopulationAppendix: Study ResourcesGlossaryReferencesIndex

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"This is the only book of its kind that looks at aging from a Canadian perspective. I love the writing style! The level of writing is very appropriate for students. This text is current and clear." --Birgit Pianosi, Huntington University