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In this interdisciplinary text, Lewis R Aiken examines the elements that influence people in the later stages of life. Beginning with an historical overview of gerontology, the author discusses both pragmatic and philosophical concerns within the field. Factors impacting the process and results of ageing are carefully outlined and address such areas as biology, psychology, sociology, economics and politics. The interpersonal variability of the older population is stressed throughout the book, recognizing gender, ethnic, racial and cultural differences. Each chapter concludes with: a thorough review of the material covered; a series of questions and activities designed to enhance the learning experience; and a list of sugges

The Study of Aging
The study of aging

Chapter Outline

As it does with all animals, life for a human being begins with a single cell and progresses through a series of developmental stages. The human fetus becomes an infant; the infant, a child; the child, an adolescent; and the adolescent, an adult. The final stage of human development is old age, which, depending on health, financial circumstances, and psychosocial factors, can be the best or the worst time of ...

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