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Handbook of Aging and Mental Health

An Integrative Approach

Lomranz, Jacob (Ed.)

1998, XIX, 539 p.

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De cibo quod superest nobis sufficit; oportet gratias agere. Some elders have accepted this proposition, although seldom with enthu­ siasm. Gerontologists also have been burdened with the adage: "Leftovers are good enough for us, and we should be grateful for them." I remember how a clerk tried to palm off astale and cheap cigar to her octogenarian customer. He knew better and carne away with a far superior smoke. The clerk fumed, "What does he need a good cigar for? Who is he to be particular!" In this and in many other ways, elders often have labored under the sociocultural expectation that they should be well content with whatever scraps and shmattes happen to come their way. Gerontologists can identify with this situation. The systematic study of aging and the aged was a new enterprise at the midpoint of this century, but the concepts and methods were pretty much limited to those already on hand. What biological and sociobehavioral scientists had been doing for years was simply extended to the newly annexed territory. This as not only a convenient but also a cost-effective strategy. Data accumulated more rapidly by remaining within familiar frarnes of reference and relying on farniliar designs and mea­ sures. The new gerontologists soon harvested a promising crop of descriptive findings. Within a decade after the establishment of the Gerontological Society of America (1947), it was possible to discern the outlines of a valuable new field of knowledge.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Motivation - aging - dementia - depression - geriatrics - psychoanalysis - psychodynamics - thinking

Related subjects » Psychiatry

Table of contents 

Introduction: Toward Theories in Mental Health and Aging; J. Lomranz. Well-Being, Adjustment, and Growth Behaviors in Later Life: Declarative and Differential Aspects of Subjective Well-Being and Its Implications for Mental Health in Later Life; D. Shmotkin. Control: Cognitive and Motivational Implications; L.C. Perlmuter, A.S. Eads. Stress, Coping, and Mental Health: Toward a Developmentally Informed Theory of Mental Disorder in Older Adults; M. Gatz. The Adult Developing Self: The Double Voice of the Third Age: Splitting the Speaking Self as an Adaptive Strategy in later Life; H. Hazan. Psychodynamics and Psychopathology in Later Life: Psychoanalysis, the Life Story, and Aging: Creating New Meanings within Narratives of Lived Experiences; B.J. Cohler. The Role of the Family in Later Life: Perspectives in the Family and Stress in Late Life; L.I. Pearlin, M.M. Skaff. Memory and Dementia: The Significance of Memory Complaints in Later Life: Methodological and Theoretical Considerations; G. Niederehe. Depression and Aging: Depression as a Pivotal Component of Secondary Aging: Opportunities for Research, Treatment, and Prevention; I.R. Katz. 16 Additional Chapters. Index.

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