Aging In Contemporary Canada by Neena L. ChappellAging In Contemporary Canada by Neena L. Chappell

Aging In Contemporary Canada

byNeena L. Chappell, Lynn Mcdonald, Michael Stones

Paperback | February 1, 2007

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Aging in Contemporary Canada , Second Edition has a number of unique features that set it apart from other books on aging: a chapter on gender; gender comparisons throughout the text; discussions of diversity that reflect the multicultural character of aging in Canada; and separate chapters on theory, methods, and pensions. This substantial revision also includes an all-new chapter on "Successful Aging."


Written by authors highly respected in their fields, this revision builds on the reputation of the first edition by providing high-quality discussions and research, as well as an accurate picture of the most current knowledge about aging in Canada.

Neena Chappell teaches in the Sociology Department at the University of Victoria. She is also head of the Centre for Aging at the same university.   Lynn McDonald has a Ph.D. in Sociology, and is a trained Social Worker. She also teaches in the Social Work Department at the University of Toronto.   Michael Stones is a Psychologi...
Title:Aging In Contemporary CanadaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9.25 × 7 × 1.15 inPublished:February 1, 2007Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:013201873X

ISBN - 13:9780132018739

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Table of Contents



Table of Contents





Part One:          Introduction to Gerontology

Chapter 1         Attitudes and Social Issues that Affect Older People

Chapter 2         Population Aging

Chapter 3         Social Theory in Gerontology


Part Two:         Commonalities and Diversity

Chapter 4         Knowledge Building and Older People

Chapter 5         The Gendered Life Course

Chapter 6         Aging and Ethnicity


Part Three:       Health and Well Being

Chapter 7         Cognitive and Physical Performance

Chapter 8         Mental Well Being and Mental Disorder

Chapter 9         Health and the Determinants of Health

Chapter 10       Successful Aging (NEW Chapter)


Part Four          Social Institutions

Chapter 11       Families and Aging

Chapter 12       Social Support and Caregiving

Chapter 13       Work and Retirement

Chapter 14       Pensions and Economic Security for Older Canadians

Chapter 15       Health Care System and Policy

Chapter 16       End-of-Life Issues




Editorial Reviews

The additional material on diseases that impair cognition is a most welcome addition and the additional material on caregiving is certainly very valuable. The writing style is excellent and most suitable for first and second year university students. The various chapters blend in smoothly also. This text is essential reading for anyone who is interested in an up-to-date understanding of the dynamic processes of aging and gerontological issues facing contemporary Canadian society.  The writers are internationally established scholars and they make an invaluable contribution to the literature through a wide-ranging analyses of gerontological issues and by providing an effective balance between theories and social policy perspectives.   K. Victor Ujimoto, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph   [Chapter Two] is an excellent chapter. It has a nice flow and is clear and concise. The Canadian content is good. In particular, after reading this chapter students will have a good understanding of the ethnic mix of the older population.  The discussions of women, snowbirds and apocalyptic demography are good.  [Chapter Three] provides a good overview of the theoretical perspectives in social gerontology.  The discussion on productive aging is very interesting. The discussion on patriarchy is good. Good use is made of tying in gender differences throughout the chapter. Excellent Canadian content.   Laurie Forbes, Department of Sociology, Lakehead University   Very effective section on gender; clear and well-organized. I found [the] section on gender differences in disease and mortality very useful and clear. Overall distinction between theory, models and paradigms is very pertinent, and helpful. Very effective end-of-chapter cases. It was a relief to see exclusive Canadian content, and a number of appropriate Canadian references were used. The level of the text is perfect for an undergraduate audience. It is more targeted than the texts I use, but avoids the limitation that the texts are often too dense and too lengthy for one course.   Mary Ann Murphy, Department of Social Work and Sociology, University of British Columbia   The Canadian content is appropriate and greatly appreciated. [The chapters] seem up to date and reflect the trends in the field.  The writing style is appropriate and I really appreciate the political nature of the ideas expressed therein. I think the information is relevant, interesting and important.   Jennifer Poudrier, Department of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan