Understanding Communication and Aging

Developing Knowledge and Awareness (Second Edition)
Jake Harwood
©2018, 340 pages

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    Understanding Communication and Aging: Developing Knowledge and Awareness explores communication in older adulthood, particularly in the areas of interpersonal, intercultural, and mass communication, and includes coverage of communication using new technology. The book synthesizes existing research, and builds a case for more positive attitudes towards aging and for the power of communication to shape such attitudes.

    A succinct mix of the conceptual and the practical, Understanding Communication and Aging acknowledges the importance of theory yet also emphasizes that communication and aging is inherently an applied field of study. This approach is reinforced through discussion of applied issues such as health communication and age-related prejudice and discrimination, all supported with concrete examples. Chapters include profiles of older adults and their significant achievements, literary and artistic depictions of aging, and information boxes that discuss myths about aging and keys to aging successfully. There are also numerous exercises and activities to engage readers in learning actively.

    Forward thinking in approach and coverage, Understanding Communication and Aging is ideal for courses in communication, gerontology, nursing, and family studies.

    Jake Harwood (Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara) is a professor of communication at the University of Arizona, where he teaches courses in research methods and statistics, intergroup communication, communication and music, and intergenerational communication. He is the author of Understanding Communication and Aging and Communication and Music in Social Interaction. He has published more than 100 articles in such journals as Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Communication, and Communication Monographs.
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    “A tour-de-force in health communication and aging. A comprehensive approach that is also engaging and fun to read.”
    Diane M. Ferrero-Paluzzi, Iona College

    “[I]ncredibly accessible. … Of all the textbooks that I use, this text is my favorite. … I love this book! … Communication and Aging is an accessible and relatable resource on the complex communicative processes within and surrounding aging and older adulthood. Dr. Harwood provides readers with a better understanding of what it means to age well, pinpoints the persistent social psychological barriers to aging well, and provides hopeful hints about how to ultimately achieve successful aging…in the interpersonal, family, institutional, cultural, and global realms.”
    Christine E. Rittenour, West Virginia University

    “This is my go-to text for Communication and Aging. Harwood provides a compelling and thorough review of the important societal issues surrounding aging and how this impacts our interactions—whether among strangers or family members. This is a must read for anyone interested in the study of communication and aging.”
    Allison R. Thorson, University of San Francisco

    “Harwood examines message-centered behavior about and for older adults through his lifespan communication approach. Studying the aging process along with its opportunities and complexities has never been more engaging.”
    Merry C. Buchanan, University of Central Oklahoma