• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Functional Health, Health Promotion, and Quality of Life
Functional health, health promotion, and quality of life

Aperson's state of health is more than the simple sum of physical illnesses and problems. Nearly everyone over the age of 65 has some form of chronic illness (Furner, Brody, & Jankowski, 1997; Jette, 1996), yet simply having an illness tells very little about how well one can function on a daily basis. Therefore, researchers and clinicians have developed various ways of conceptualizing and determining how individuals function in their social roles and enjoy life as well. The three primary constructs addressed in this chapter are functional health, health promotion, and quality of life.

Functional health refers to the ability to take care of personal needs such as bathing, toileting, and ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles