Psychology and the Aging Revolution: How We Adapt to Longer Life

Pages: 313
Item #: 431641A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-707-5
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Copyright: 2000
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Children born today can expect to live about 76 years, almost 30 years longer than those born a century ago. How can society and individuals facing 20–30 years of meaningful activity after retirement deal with the changes brought on by this aging revolution? Psychology has been one of the most active disciplines in studying the aging process, and this new book provides many answers to understanding the capabilities and changing needs of our aging population.

This edited volume examines the latest theories and research on how aging affects many critical areas of life: cognition, memory, social relationships, emotion, physical and mental health, and responses to psychotherapy. In each of these areas, readers will find contributions by leading geropsychologists. The findings discussed in this book clearly show that while later life brings inevitable decline and losses, aging also fosters positive characteristics such as wisdom and emotional maturity. This is a key book for therapists, counselors, graduate students and anyone working with the elderly.

Table of Contents



  1. Psychology and the Aging Revolution
    —Sara Honn Qualls and Norman Abeles
  2. Using the Gift of Long Life: Psychological Implications of the Age Revolution
    —James E. Birren

I. Neuropsychology and Cognitive Aging

  1. Neuropsychology and Cognitive Aging: What Have We Taught Each Other?
    —Marilyn S. Albert
  2. Toward a Neuropsychology of Cognitive Aging
    —Alfred W. Kaszniak and Mary C. Newman

II. Memory and Aging

  1. Memory Changes in Adulthood
    —Leah L. Light
  2. Can Acquired Knowledge Compensate for Age-Related Declines in Cognitive Efficiency?
    —Neil Charness

III. Emotion and Aging

  1. Expressive, Physiological, and Subjective Changes in Emotion Across Adulthood
    —Robert W. Levenson

IV. Social Relationships in Later Life

  1. What Is Being Optimized?: Self-Determination Theory and Basic Psychological Needs
    —Richard M. Ryan and Jennifer G. La Guardia
  2. The Evolution of Social Relationships in Later Adulthood
    —Karen S. Rook

V. Health Psychology and Aging

  1. A Behavioral Medicine Perspective on Aging and Health
    —Karen A. Matthews
  2. Aging Research and Health: A Status Report
    —Ilene C. Siegler

VI. Depression and Aging

  1. Depression: Current Developments and Controversies
    —Thomas E. Joiner, Jr.
  2. Variations on Depression in Later Life
    —Margaret Gatz

VII. Psychotherapy and Aging

  1. Psychotherapy and Aging in the 21st Century: Integrative Themes
    —John C. Norcross and Bob G. Knight

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors