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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

Living Arrangements and Activities
Living arrangements and activities

Chapter Outline

Whatever changes in attitudes and activities may occur with aging, they are, like the process of aging itself, usually gradual and predictable. Although serious illness, disability, or psychological trauma can result in abrupt deviations from previous behavior, by and large elderly people are creatures of habit. Most of them continue in much the same lifestyle, living in the same environment and pursuing the same kinds of pastimes as they did when they were younger.

Living Environments

The living environment of a person includes the house, mobile home, apartment, or room in which he ...

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