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In Health, Illness, and Optimal Aging: Biological and Psychosocial Perspectives, Carolyn M. Aldwin and Diane F. Gilmer undertake the challenging task of assembling an objective and holistic picture of human aging. The authors provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary coverage of the physical aspects of aging, including age-related changes and disease-related processes, the demography of the aging population, theories of aging, and the promotion of optimal aging. In addition, the book covers the psychosocial aspects of aging, including mental health, stress and coping, spirituality, and care giving in later years.   Health, Illness and Optimal Aging is recommended for researchers seeking an overview of health psychology and aging, as well as undergraduate and graduate students taking classes in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. This text is also valuable for practitioners working with the elderly in fields such as nursing, social work, occupational and physical therapy, day-care and nursing home administration, psychology, and rehabilitation.

Demography of Aging
Demography of aging

The 20th century witnessed a dramatic change in population demographics. At its beginning, most countries had pyramid-shaped population profiles, with children and young people greatly outnumbering those who were older. By the century's end, however, the pyramid shape had changed as the percentage of the population who were children decreased and the number of middle-aged and older persons increased. Although most people are aware that the United States and Europe have experienced an increase in the number of older adults, especially those over the age of 85, what is less well-known is that this is true of most nations. The increase in the number of older citizens is creating problems for developing countries that do not have adequate resources or ...

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