Transitions of Aging

Transitions of Aging

1st Edition - August 28, 1980

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  • Editors: Nancy Datan, Nancy Lohmann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483265810

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Transitions of Aging is a compilation of papers that deals with gerontology, particularly on the rural aged and aging women. This book discusses the aging transition both as social and biological phenomenon; that physical health can be better, as well as the social, spatial, and economic environment surrounding places of aging. This text also focuses on rural aging and the strong bond of an extended family, which can offer lessons to healthy aging. As regards aging in women, the book examines the problems they are confronted with and the programs that have been developed to deal with them. Part I addresses the personal transition of aging such as life satisfaction, physical activity, and competency in older women. Part II discusses family transitions of aging that include intergenerational relationships, widowhood, the clinical psychology of later life, and the economic status of late middle-aged widows. Part III describes the environmental transitions that the aging experiences such as aging and attachment to a certain place (for example, in an Appalachian community) and the older person's reaction as an initiator or a responder when he or she is confronted with environmental changes. This book also discusses studies made on institutionalization of the aged. This text is suitable for psychologists, gerontologists, sociologists, and social workers dealing with the aged, particularly the female senior.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors



    Part I Personal Transitions of Aging

    Chapter 1 Adaptive Dimensions of Adult Cognition

    Dualistic Tensions in Models of Cognitive Aging

    Intellectual Transitions in Later Life

    Implications and Reinterpretations

    Conclusions and Caveats


    Chapter 2 Life Satisfaction Research in Aging: Implications for Policy Development

    Why Examine Life Satisfaction?

    Findings with Regard to Life Satisfaction

    Life Satisfaction Research and Policy



    Chapter 3 Physical Activity as It Relates to the Health of the Aged

    Declining Involvement in Physical Activity as a Function of Age

    Attitudes toward Participating in Physical Activity among the Elderly

    Role of Physical Activity in the Mental Health of the Elderly

    Summary and Recommendations

    Reference Notes


    Chapter 4 The Competent Older Woman

    The Concept of Competence

    The Growth of Competence

    Competence in Childhood: Women's Interpretations

    Competence in Adulthood

    The Competent Older Woman

    The Varieties of Competence




    Part II Family Transitions of Aging

    Chapter 5 Intergenerational Relations in Later Life: A Family System Approach

    Family Systems



    Developmental Effects



    Chapter 6 The Widowed Family Member

    Widowhood as a Neglected Aspect of Family Sociology

    Widows and Widowers: Similarities and Differences

    The Influence of Education and Social Class on Widowhood

    Early Problems of Widowhood

    The Reconstruction of Social Life Space in Widowhood

    Remarriage and Other Relations with the Opposite Sex

    Support Systems Involving Widows

    Role Changes of People Who Are Widowed

    Summary and Conclusion


    Chapter 7 The Clinical Psychology of Later Life: Developmental Paradigms

    Men: The Masculine Protesters

    Threats to the Older Woman


    Chapter 8 Economic Status of Late Middle-Aged Widows



    Summary and Conclusions

    Part III Environmental Transitions In Aging

    Chapter 9 Growing Old "Inside": Aging and Attachment to Place in an Appalachian Community

    The Appalachian Aging Project


    Chapter 10 Environmental Change: The Older Person as Initiator and Responder

    Environment-Relevant Changes in the Individual


    Aging in a New Place



    Chapter 11 Institutionalization of the Aged

    Institutionalization as a Ubiquitous Event

    A Longitudinal Study

    A Forward Look


    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 238
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1980
  • Published: August 28, 1980
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483265810

About the Editors

Nancy Datan

Nancy Lohmann

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