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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


  • Toni C. Antonucci PhD
  • James Jackson PhD
  • 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 Antonucci, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives and Interdisciplinary Studies, Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Social Research Life Course Development Program, University of Michigan. Dr. Antonucci's contributions to professional journals and as a chapter author are too numerous to cite. She has been honored as the President of the Society for the Study of Human Development; International Assoc. of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Scientific Committee; Past-President of Adult Development and Aging, Division 20 of American Psychological Association (APA); Past-President of the Gerontological Society of America; 2001 Master Mentor Award from APA Division, Council Member, International Association of Gerontology.

James S. Jackson, Ph.D. is the Director of the Institute for Social Research, Faculty Associate for the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health, Director for Research Center for Group Dynamics, Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan. Dr. Jackson is listed in Who's Who among Black Americans, and Who's Who in The World, in America, in Science and Technology, and more. He is a member of numerous organizations, including APA, National Research Council Committee on Underrepresented Groups, Aging Society Network (MacArthur Fdn), NIA, and NIH, and has contributed widely to the professional literature in his field.

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