This one volume resource captures some of the excitement of the research in the field in terms of new findings as well as conceptual developments guiding research, practice, and policy. With more than 200 entries, it covers the biological, psychological, social, and economic aspects of health and aging and impacts within the health care system. Addresses a full spectrum of topics including acute illness, Alzheimer's disease, bereavement, economic dependency, health care costs, health promotion, hospice care, long term care, medications, nursing homes, optimal aging, public policy, quality of life, spousal care giving, widowhood, and much more. Discusses landmark studies such as Duke Longitudinal Studies, the Established Populations for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly, Health and Retirement Study, and the National Long Term Care Survey, as well as important programs including Social Security, Meals on Wheels, and Medicaid/Medicare. Offers cross disciplinary coverage with contributions from the fields of gerontology, epidemiology, health psychology, biology, sociology, health and medicine, and public policy.
"While many articles focus on landmark studies of aging, almost every entry presents a summary of research on that topic. These state-of-scholarship surveys will prove valuable for students, researchers and practicing health care professionals, and this guide is appropriate for academic and public library collections."
--Lawrence Looks at Books, September 2007
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