Aging Matters: An Introduction to Social Gerontology by Nancy Hooyman, Kevin S. Kawamoto, H. Asuman S. Kiyak

By Nancy Hooyman, Kevin S. Kawamoto, H. Asuman S. Kiyak


Presents Social Gerontology from a number of Perspectives


Aging concerns illuminates cultural, organic, physiological, emotional, cognitive, monetary, and social points of getting older. an invaluable consultant to a number of disciplines, this identify is helping readers of all academic backgrounds comprehend the dynamic interactions among older humans and their environments.




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There is also biological, psychological, and social aging. , kidneys, liver, and heart) or learning and memory function vary differently from each other. These differences may be due to genetics, lifestyle choices, societal conditions, the cohort in which one was born—or all these factors. We can all make healthy choices throughout our lives to promote active aging, but there are many variables influencing how we age that we cannot control. Research on older adults involves many different methods, each with its strengths and limitations.

Gov, “Projections of Future Growth of the Older Population” (2012). indd 24 3/7/14 10:55 AM 25 Chapter 1 The Older Population in the United States to the United States seeking jobs and education, will be old in 2050. Then, elders will make up nearly 16 percent of the Latino population, compared with fewer than 6 percent currently (AoA, 2012; Treas & Carreon, 2010). Because many elders of color will have experienced inequities earlier in their lives, they may face more chronic illnesses and poverty in old age.

However, it may not be the quality of the physical environment so much as the opportunities and need to walk ­everywhere and the constant interactions with other p ­ eople that keep many of the oldest-old in New York active, socially engaged, and among the healthiest in the nation. Although different in its population density and lifestyles, North Dakota also has a high proportion of oldest-old ­persons who are active in their communities; this has been attributed to genetic factors, lifelong patterns of physical ­activity such as farming, and continued activity after retirement (Harrop, 2010).

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