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Psychology of Aging 101

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Psychology of Aging 101

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Author: , Robert Youdin PhD

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Written by a renowned scholar and practitioner of gerontology and aging, this is a concise, reader-friendly overview of key concepts of geropsychology, thepsychology of aging. Grounded in positive psychology, the text dispels common myths about the aging population with a wealth of evidence-based research. Itencompasses a foundational knowledge base regarding issues unique to older adults, information that is essential for mental health providers, who alreadysee an unprecedented growth in the number of older adults in their practices—a trend that is expected to continue for years to come.

The text discusses theoretical models underlying geropsychology and examines common difficulties that affect older adults along with the most effectivetreatment approaches for this population. With a focus on the strengths and functions of older adults, the text examines the unique psychological problemsof later life and conflicts caused by retirement, living longer, financial stressors, and chronic illness. It discusses the complications of changingfamily systems, coping with cognitive impairments, how psychologists understand and treat Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, older adult sexuality and theunique sexual problems confronting LGBT individuals, elder abuse, ageism, substance abuse, and issues surrounding death and dying. A chapter on futuredirections for psychological research and practice highlights the many opportunities available in this field. The text will be of value for upper-levelundergraduate courses on the psychology of aging, as a supplement to developmental and clinical psychology courses, and as a resource for interdisciplinarystudies with a focus on gerontology.

Key Features

  • Provides a concise overview of one of the largest growing segments of our population
  • Written by a prominent expert in gerontology and psychology
  • Offers a wealth of evidence-based research that informs clinical issues
  • Grounded in a positive psychology approach
  • Integrates theory with human rights and social justice

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 12, 2016
  • Page Count 260
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826130129
  • EISBN 9780826130136

About The Author(s) 

Robert Youdin, PhD,

is an independent scholar at the Princeton Research Forum. He has been a private practitioner for the past 31 years and practices in Princeton, New Jersey. For 20 years, Dr. Youdin was an adjunct associate professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service in New York City. In 2007–2008, he was a project director for a Gero Innovations Grant for the Master’s Advanced Curriculum Project funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and Council on Social Work Education. In 2005–2007, Dr. Youdin was a participant in the Curriculum Development Institute (Gero-Ed) sponsored by the John A. Hartford Foundation and Council on Social Work Education. He is a past assistant research scientist of the Biometrics Unit of the New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York City. In 1977, he was elected as member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society of North America. In addition, he has appeared on numerous public service radio programs discussing older adult substance abuse and eating disorder problems. Dr. Youdin enjoys creating an existential oasis of peace and serenity when playing jazz piano. Dr. Youdin’s website can be visited at www.youdin.net.

Table of Contents 




Chapter 1 Older Adults Are Not All the Same

Chapter 2 Ageism and Stigma

Chapter 3 Psychological Problems That Older Adults Experience

Chapter 4 Normal Cognitive Decline, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Dementia

Chapter 5 Older Adults and Their Sexual Lives

Chapter 6 Substance Abuse/Dependence Is Not Just a Problem for Young People

Chapter 7 Older Adult Abuse

Chapter 8 Environmental Geropsychology

Chapter 9 Issues Surrounding Dying and Death

Chapter 10 Future Areas for Psychologists Interested in the Psychology of Aging