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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

Sex and Marital Relations
Sex and marital relations

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Human beings are gregarious, mutually dependent creatures who thrive on being close and companionable. Expression of the social need to be with other people promotes security, species propagation, and other ends that protect and maintain humanity. This sociability of the human species is manifested most clearly in the desire to be touched, caressed, or held and by the verbal equivalents of these actions in a lullaby, a love song, or simply a comforting word. Nowhere is the need to be close to another person seen more clearly ...

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