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This best-selling book discusses the aspects of " successful aging, " covering growth and development from young adulthood to old age, and the impact that culture, gender, and individual differences have on these processes. Its conversational and positive tone keeps readers interested in the subject matter, as it encourages them to apply the concepts of the book to their own lives. It presents research findings, theories, and models from the fields of developmental psychology, social psychology, health psychology, sociology, and others to discuss topics of prevention, compensation, gains, and losses. For psychologists, sociologists, and gerontologists interested in a valuable resource for information about the aging process.
Table of Contents
1 DEFINING THE JOURNEY: SOME ASSUMPTIONS, DEFINITIONS, AND METHODS
2 THEORIES OF ADULT CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT
3 PHSICAL CHANGES
4 CHANGES IN HEALTH AND HEALTH HABITS
5 COGNITIVE CHANGES
6 SOCIAL ROLES IN ADULTHOOD
7 DEVELOPMENT OF RELATIONSHIPS
8 WORK AND WORK ROLES IN ADULTHOOD
9 CHANGES IN PERSONALITY AND MOTIVATION
10 THE GROWTH OP MEANING
11 DEALING WITH THE STRESSES OF ADULT LIFE
12 THEMES OF ADULT DEVELOPMENT: AN OVERVIEW
13 THE FINAL STAGE DEATH AND DYING
14 THE SUCCESSFUL JOURNEY: PATHWAYS, TRAJECTORIES, AND GULLIES