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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

Social Status and Roles
Social status and roles

Chapter Outline

It has been said that next to dying, the realization that one is aging is the most traumatic event of life. This is particularly true in a youth-oriented culture such as ours, in which people spend considerable time and money trying to slow down or at least camouflage the signs of aging. They dye their hair, invest in a host ...

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