At the AGHE conference we spoke with Dr. Judith Sugar, one of the co-authors of Introduction to Aging: A Positive, Interdisciplinary Approach, about her work. This book is a research-based, yet highly engaging, textbook for undergraduate and masters-level college students that ushers in a new paradigm of aging—one that interprets aging as a positive stage of life. It offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the broad range of topics that comprise gerontology, using theoretical and research-based information while providing engrossing narratives and real examples of new trends, surprising findings, and controversial topics.

In Part 1 below, Dr. Sugar discusses the book and its positive, interdisciplinary approach. See Part 2 for a more in-depth discussion of the book and what Dr. Sugar hopes students will get out of it, as well as a discussion on the rapidly increasing growth rate of the elderly population.


Part 1 of 2: Judith Sugar, Co-Author of Introduction to Aging


Part 2 of 2: Judith Sugar, Co-Author of Introduction to Aging


About the Author: Judith A. Sugar, PhD, is Associate Professor, School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno. She is a nationally recognized teacher and scholar in gerontology, and has served in leadership roles in prominent professional gerontological organizations, including AGHE, GSA, and APA's Division of Adult Development and Aging. She has chaired the Gerontology program at Colorado State University, and was associate director of the Borun Center for Gerontological Research at UCLA, and the director of Graham and Jean Sanford Center for Aging at the University of Nevada. Dr. Sugar was appointed to the Nevada State Commission on Aging, and chosen as a facilitator for the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. She has been honored with numerous awards including Fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Woman of Achievement by the University of Nevada, and the inaugural award for Distinguished Faculty Scholar by the Sanford Center for Aging. Dr. Sugar has published widely in the fields of psychology, gerontology, and education.