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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.

Understanding Change in Aging Research
Understanding change in aging research

The study of age-related changes in health, cognition, and psychosocial functioning demands new ways of designing studies and analyzing data. A tremendous amount of work has been done in the design and analysis of longitudinal studies, and the past decade has witnessed the development of new techniques that allow researchers to address more interesting and complex questions. Relatively few graduate programs offer courses in longitudinal design and statistics, however, and many researchers, students, clinicians, and applied gerontologists are intimidated by these new methods. In addition, these methods and statistics often come with their own terminology, which makes them difficult to understand. This chapter provides an overview of these types of designs and statistics as a way ...

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