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How the Body Ages [electronic resource]

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Asks how and why the body ages. Topics include skin cancer, wrinkles, body composition, loss of strength, height reduction, arthritis, and osteoporosis among others. Differentiates between normal aging processes and diseases associated with aging. Considers the relationship of environment and genetics on the aging process.
Online
1993
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Maximizing Physical Potential of Older Adults [electronic resource]

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Stresses the importance of diet and exercise in a realistic lifestyle for older people. Indicates sleep patterns changes are a normal part of the aging process but diseases such as diabetes are not. Early detection is seen as the single most important aspect in successful treatment of diseases of aging such as of late-onslaught diabetes, osteoporosis, and cataracts. Warns that older people and their caretakers should be aware of drug interactions, and safety risks and consider the use of assistive devices. Explains why older people are more prone to accidents and stresses the need to assess hazardous risks and provide assistive devices.
Online
1993
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Love, Intimacy and Sexuality [electronic resource]

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Older people and their doctors challenge stereotypes about aging and sexuality. Reviews the physical changes that occur in the sexual organs in aging discussing the benefits and risks of estrogen replacement therapy and solutions for prostate problems in men. Also discusses intimacy in homosexual relationships in aging. Establishes the need for sexual counseling for older people and emphasizes their need for love and caring.
Online
1993
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Learning, Memory and Speed of Behavior [electronic resource]

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Older people attest to the joy they discover in learning new skills and pursuing new branches of knowledge. A psychologist introduces teaching methods that are particularly useful with older people. A thorough discussion of memory lapses in older people concludes with strategies to aid retention. Strategies for loss of reaction time are also introduced.
Online
1993
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Intellect, Personality and Mental Health [electronic resource]

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Studies age changes in intellectual development and mental health with an emphasis on helping older people to improve their objectivity, sense of well being and ability to live independent lives.
Online
1993
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Social Roles and Relationships in Old Age [electronic resource]

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Deals with the problem of a generation that his lived longer than any other social group and has had to define new social roles. Elders discuss coping with role losses resulting from retirement or death of a loved one. Concludes that social support groups, family relationships and increased independence have created a new age society that appreciates and values old age.
Online
1993
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Family and Intergenerational Relationships [electronic resource]

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Profiles older people as spouses and grandparents and looks at how elders help sustain family traditions and culture. Older adults describe the satisfaction and stress of caring for spouses and frail parents.
Online
1993
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Work, Retirement and Economic Status [electronic resource]

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Explores labor force trends, early retirement, and new job opportunities for older workers. Retirees describe community service and leisure activities they enjoy. Social Security, pensions, and other income sources are discussed as foundations for financial security in old age. Discusses the reasons that many African American and Hispanic American people do not have adequate pensions.
Online
1993
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Illness and Disability [electronic resource]

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Examines chronic health problems in old age and the availability of supportive services. Older people discuss how they cope with physical and mental illness and face tough decisions regarding institutionalization and costs of long-term care.
Online
1993
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Dying, Death and Bereavement [electronic resource]

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Discusses the services older people need to deal with dying and death. Elders describe their views on widowhood and management of grief. Experts examine the ethical dilemmas posed by terminal illness.
Online
1993
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The Future of Aging [electronic resource]

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Explores generational conflicts, resource needs of a growing population of elders, and the role of technology in improving quality of life for older adults. Experts describe how aging will be different in the twenty-first century.
Online
1993
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Societal and Political Aspects of Aging [electronic resource]

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Considers individual and governmental responsibilities for the health care and financial support of older citizens. Experts and elders examine the political effectiveness of advocacy groups, older women, and minority elders.
Online
1993