Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Volume 29, 2009

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Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Volume 29, 2009

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Life-Course Perspectives on Late Life Health Inequalities

Editors: Series Toni C. Antonucci PhDVolume editor James Jackson PhDSeries Harvey Sterns PhD


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It is increasingly recognized that an individual's experience of old age is fundamentally influenced by their earlier life experiences. This volume of the Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics begins with an overview of the theoretical underpinnings of both the Life Span and the Life Course perspectives on health disparities in aging populations, examining them in the context of a changing structure of society.

This volume focuses on morbidities in general as well as specific morbidities such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension, giving special attention to life-time influences on cognition and functional abilities. Finally, this new volume addresses broader policy issues with relation to Life Span and Life Course perspectives on aging.

Key Features:
  • Addresses an important topic of increasing relevance.
  • Addresses the issue of disparities from genes to geography
  • Presents traditional and emerging scientific perspectives

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 01, 2009
  • Page Count 360
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826105110
  • EISBN 9780826105127

About The Author(s) 

Toni C.Antonucci

Toni Antonucci is Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. She is also Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Life Course Development Program at the Institute for Social Research. She is the Past-President of APA's Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging); Past-President of the Gerontological Society of America; and President-Elect of the Society for the Study of Human Development. She received the 2001 Master Mentor Award from APA's Division 20 and is a Council Member of the International Association of Gerontology Her research focuses on social relations and health across the life span, including multigenerational studies of the family and comparative studies of social relations across the life span in the United States, Europe and Japan.

Table of Contents 

I. Introduction

1. Theoretical Perspectives of Life Span and Life Course Development
2. The Demographic Revolution

II. Morbidity:

3. Life time influences on late life Mortality
4. Epidemiological perspectives on life time influences on late life morbidities
5. Biopsychosocial perspectives on late life morbidities
6. Biobehavioral aspects of Late Life Morbidities

III. Specific Morbidities

7. Disparities, diabetes and cardiovascular disorders
8. Genetic influences on Disparities in Hypertension/Obesity

IV. Contextual Influences

9. Environment effects on health
10. Work, retirement and race and health disparities
11. Medication compliance and health disparities

V. Cognition

11. Cognition and Disparities
12. Dementias, mild cognitive impairments, and health disparities

VI. Frailty and Functional Limitations

13. HD, Life course events and disability in late life
14. Arthritis and health inequalities

VII. Policy

15. Policy issues and disparities
16. The Aging Society

VIII. Conclusion

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