The Psychology of Aging

Contemporary Research (First Edition)
Carolyn Adams-Price
©2020, 146 pages

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    The Psychology of Aging: Contemporary Research provides students with engaging scholarly articles that dismantle stereotypes commonly associated with aging and demonstrate the possibilities for active participation in later life. The carefully chosen readings expose students to stories of gains, losses, joys, disappointments, and love. The book emphasizes the powerful effect of positivity on health and well-being and shows how a sense of control and empowerment can improve the lives of aging individuals.

    The anthology is divided into three distinct sections. In Section I, Diversity and Stereotypes of Older Adults, students learn about ageism, how it intersects with sexism, and disparities in the health care system for aging minorities. Section II, The Opportunities of Aging, features readings that discuss the transition from career to retirement, the creative arts and their relation to brain health in later life, financial competence in aging populations, and more. In the final section, Challenges and Changes, students read about family caregiving, depression in elder individuals, accommodating loss, and end-of-life preparation.

    Collected to provide students with a fresh perspective regarding aging, The Psychology of Aging is an ideal resource for courses in psychology and gerontology.

    Carolyn Adams-Price is an associate professor of clinical psychology at Mississippi State University. She holds a Ph.D. from West Virginia University and a master’s degree from Brandeis University. Dr. Adams-Price’s research has explored aging and eyewitness memory, aging and literacy, aging and activity, and aging and writing. She is passionate about increasing her students’ interest and general knowledge in the field of aging and reducing negative stereotypes about older people.
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