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Encyclopedia of Health and Aging

by Kyriakos S Markides SAGE Publications, Inc
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Hbk 680 pages
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As an ever increasing percentage of the population of western societies enters ''old age,'' health issues grow in importance in terms of the well-being of this population, economic impact within the health-care system, impacts on families and family relationships, and so many other ways. The Encyclopedia of Health and Aging presents state-of-the-art research and ready-to-use facts on health and aging.

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. This Encyclopedia also focuses heavily on geriatrics with respect to geriatric syndromes and common diseases of aging.

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 (Social Security, Meals on Wheels, and Medicaid/Medicare, etc.)
Offers cross-disciplinary coverage with contributions from the fields of gerontology, epidemiology, health psychology, biology, sociology, health and medicine, and public policy
Provides health and aging issues from around the world including Mexico, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand
Includes a list of 45 online resources on health and aging

Aging and the Brain
Diseases and Medical Conditions
Drug Related Issues
Function and Syndromes
Mental Health and Psychology
Nutritional Issues
Physical Status
Prevention and Health Behaviors
Sociodemographic and Cultural Issues
Studies of Aging and Systems of Care

The Encyclopedia of Health and Aging is a must-have reference for any academic, as it appeals to a broad audience such as scholars within programs of gerontology and health, graduate students, members of the media, policy makers and health-care advocates, and the general reader.
'This is a ready reference tool for those studying health and aging in the United States and abroad. The 'Reader's Guide' at the start organizes the entries by key themes to help users navigate the set more efficiently. Bottom Line with entries contributed by a wide range of experts in the areas of biology, psychology, sociology, and economics as related to health and aging, this resource will prove useful to anyone working with the aging population-even the layperson with a basic understanding of some of the more complicated terminology. As such, it should be acquired by any library serving those working with the elderly.' Sara Marcus 'This resource will prove useful to anyone working with the aging population. As such, it should be acquired by any library serving those working with the elderly.' Sara Marcus 'Encyclopedia of Healing and Aging is an important and core addition to professional, academic, governmental, and community library Health and Aging reference collections.' Midwest Book Review
Kyriakos S. Markides, Ph.D., is Annie and John Gnitzinger Professor of Aging Studies at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is the author or co-author of 210 publications, most of which are in the field of health and aging. The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has recently listed Dr. Markides among the most highly cited scientists in the world. He has extensive editorial experience including being the founding and current Editor of the Journal of Aging and Health (SAGE). Dr. Markides has also edited a number of related books, including Minorities, Aging, and Health (SAGE).