Edited by James Birren, one of the world's leading researchers in gerontology, this two-volume work is the most comprehensive work on age, aging, and the aged available. This entirely new encyclopedia covers the latest research on the biology, psychology, and sociology of aging in addition to covering how aging is depicted in the humanities. This dynamic field has grown over the years to encompass fascinating studies of development and change with age. This encyclopedia provides a reference source for identifying major areas of investigation and our knowledge to date. Prepared for a college- and professional-level readership, each article provides depth and breadth of coverage, including theory and summaries of empirical findings. Every article contains a definition paragraph, describing the subject at hand, a glossary of unfamiliar terms, and a bibliography of suggested readings. The set is fully cross-referenced and contains a complete subject index. It features topics such as: Biology - molecular and cellular aging; physiology and neurobiology of aging; Psychology - how aging affects sensation, perception, learning, and memory; Social sciences - home care, quality of life, economics of an aging population; Health science - epidemiology, mental health, Alzheimers, AIDS Humanities - characterization of aging in research, literature, and film; and perceptions of the aged.
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"This two-volume compendium about the biology, sociology, psychology and medicine of ageing is one of only a few texts that have succeeded in gathering gerontology under one roof. The editor has harnessed the intellectual resources of nearly 200 authors to produce a contemporary view of ageing. It is, for the most part, representative of world thinking on the subject." --MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA "This work has been edited by the distinguished gerontologist Birren...An international editorial group of five distinguished scholars on gerontology decided the content and identified prospective writers for the input on the emerging topics within the scope of gerontology...A comprehensive index, a few appropriate illustrations, and many tables add to the overall excellence and usefulness of the work. This encyclopedia will prove an authoritative reference source for all libraries serving students or professionals in the many disciplines that bear upon gerontology." --AMERICAN REFERENCE BOOKS ANNUAL "Imagine that the Encyclopedia Britannica were written only about geriatrics and gerontology, and you have this stupendous work. Where else can you find major review articles of the respiratory system in old age next to a review of retirement? All contributors are leading experts in the field. That provides a breadth, depth, and organization that can make this handsome set a must for every medical library." --DAVID O. STAATS, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, in DOODY'S REVIEW SERVICE "A comprehensive source that offers a multidisciplinary overview of all aspects of aging...an excellent source for health sciences and social sciences collections in academic and large public libraries." --BOOKLIST/REFERENCE BOOKS BULLETIN "[the editors] have created a masterpiece for gerontology in this two-volume encyclopedia. Internationally known gerontologists... have collected the whole subject of gerontology into 150 up-to-date articles. An opus that shines with scientific competence, subtlety, and actuality... this encyclopedia should not be missing in any gerontologic or gerontologically oriented institute, nor in any geriatric hospital. " --GERIATRIC RESEARCH "Author does an excellent job of grasping the literature... and provides a very solid summary and implications section. The conceptual 'tie-together of such an amorphous topic is a daunting task. The author should be applauded in doing so in very understandable and engaging terms." --M. TEAGUE, University of Iowa, Iowa City "Astute. Informative. Excellent perspective on gerontology's own limitations. A first-rate entry...It has something to offer experienced gerontologists as well as newcomers and students. You will have a terrific encyclopedia if all the entries are up to this one." --ROBERT KASTENBAUM, Arizona State University, Tempe "The combination of a very clear writing style with this effective means of organizing a very large literature makes for a very readable and complete overview of the field of attention and aging...This is an exceptionally well-organized and well-written summary of the current state of knowledge of the field of aging and attention. It should serve as an excellent entry point into this literature. I look forward to seeing it in print." --TOM PIERCE, Radford University, Virginia "Well written and accurate. I thought it was an excellent discussion of the problems of aging and autonomic function. Well-organized, concise, and interesting." --ARTHUR LOEWY, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri "An excellent presentation on all accounts! Well organized, clearly and concisely presented." --BERNADETTE MARRIOTT, Director, Office of Dietary Supplements Research, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland "Very thorough. It is a pleasure to read. This is an outstanding article. Very clear. Well-written. Exceptional use of examples--all points are spelled out. Tables and references are helpful. This paper is top-notch." --CAROLE MACKLIN, University of Cincinnati, Ohio "Extremely well-organized and presented and covers a breadth of material in a most competent fashion...An impressive array of both academic and applied information." --BRIAN DE VRIES, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada "This is an outstanding manuscript that is well written, factual and should be of interest to readers." --RON WHISLER, Ohio State University, Columbus "A thorough, very informative and well-written article. It covers the field of memory in an engaging way. I have been involved in research and teaching in gerontology for a number of years and I have never read a more straightforward and concise summary of the research on memory than this article." --SILVIA CANETTO, Colorado State University, Fort Collins "Clearly and succinctly executed from a vast body of material. I don't know how it could be done more neatly. A fine example of clarity and brevity." --VICTOR ESTEVEZ, University of Missouri, ColumbiaAbout the Author:
Victor W. Marshall is Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Toronto and Director of its Centre for Studies of Aging. He served from 1990 to 1995 as Network Director of CARNET, the Canadian Aging Research Network, a Canadian federally funded nationwide Network of Centres of Excellence. Professor Marshall is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a founding member of the Canadian Association on Gerontology. He was Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian Journal on Aging for five years and is now on the Executive Board of the Encyclopedia of Gerontology and the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Aging and Health and Ageing and Society. More than 100 publications report his work from a broad social science perspective rooted in sociological training. His work has covered such diverse aspects of aging as the family, long-term care, public policy, and death and dying, but it currently focuses on social theory of aging, independence and aging, and aging in relation to work and the life course. He directs a large multidisciplinary research program in the latter area funded by the Canadian government. Thomas R. Cole's book The Journal of Life: A Cultural History of Aging in America (Cambridge, 1992) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Another of his works, The Oxford Book of Aging (1994), for which he was senior editor, was noted as one of the most memorable books of 1995 by The New Yorker. Dr. Cole is Professor and Graduate Program Director at the Institute for Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He is a graduate of Yale University (B.A. Philosophy, 1971), Wesleyan University (M.A. History, 1975), and the University ofRochester (Ph.D. History, 1981). Dr. Cole is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society. He has served as Chair of the GSAs Humanities and Arts Committee, on the editorial boards of The Gerontologist, Generations, and Journal of Aging and Health and reviews manuscripts for Ageing and Society. Dr. Cole has published many articles and books on the history of aging and humanistic gerontology. He is senior editor of What Does It Mean to Grow Old? (Duke, 1986), the Handbook of Humanities and Aging (Springer, 1992), and Voice and Visions: Toward a Critical Gerontology (Springer, 1993). Edward J. Masoro was the recipient of the 1989 Allied-Signal Achievement Award in Aging Research. In 1990, he received the Geriatric Leadership Academic Award from the National Institute on Aging and the Robert W. Kleemeier Award from the Gerontological Society of America. In 1991, he received a medal of honor from the University of Pisa for Achievements in Gerontology. In 1993, Dr. Masoro received the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Chairmen of Departments of Physiology. He received the 1995 Irving Wright Award of Distinction of the American Federation for Aging Research and the 1995 Glenn Foundation Award. He served as the President of the Gerontological Society of America from 1994-1995, as the Chairman of the Aging Review Committee of the National Institute on Aging (NIA), and as Chairman of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the NIA. Dr. Masoro received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He has held faculty positions at Queens University (Canada), Tufts University School of Medicine, University of Washington,and Medical College of Pennsylvania. From 1973 through May 1991, he served as Chairman of the Department of Physiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He presently continues his duties as Professor in the Department of Physiology and is the Director of the newly created Aging Research and Education Center. On April 1, 1996, he became Professor Emeritus. Dr. Masoro was a Wellcome Visiting Professor in Basic Medical Sciences for the 1992-1993 Academic Year. His research has been in lipid metabolism, cold exposure, membrane biochemistry, and biological gerontology. Since 1975, Dr. Masoros research has focused on the influence of food restriction on aging. He has or is serving in an editorial role for ten journals, and in January 1992, he became the Editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences. K. Warner Schaie is the Evan Pugh Professor of Human Development and Psychology and Director of the Gerontology Center at the Pennsylvania State University. He also holds an appointment as Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Washington. A fellow of the Gerontological Society and the American Psychological Association, Professor Schaie has served as president of the APA Division of Adult Development and Aging and as editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. Author of over 250 scholarly publications on the psychology of aging, Dr. Schaie has interests including the life course of adult intelligence, its antecedents and modifiability, and methodological issues in the developmental sciences. Dr. Schaie has received the Kleemeier Award for Distinguished Research Contributions from the Gerontological Society of America and the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the American Psychological Association. James E. Birren is currently Associate Director of the Center on Aging at the University of California, Los Angeles, and serves as an adjunct professor in medicine, psychiatry, and biobehavioral sciences. He is also professor emeritus of gerontology and psychology at the University of Southern California. Dr. Birren's previous postions include service as Chief of the section on aging of the National Institute of Mental Health, founding Executive Director and Dean of the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center of USC, founding Director of the Anna and Harry Borun Center for Gerontological Research at UCLA, and President of the Gerontological Society of America, the Western Gerontological Society, and the Division on Adult Development and Aging of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Birren's many awards include the Brookdale Foundation Award for Gerontological Research, the Sandoz prize for Gerontological Research, and the award for outstanding contribution to gerontology by the Canadian Association of Gerontology. Author of over 250 scholarly publications, Dr. Birren has research interests including how speed of behavior changes with age, the causes and consequences of slowed information processing in the older nervous system, the effect of age on decision-making processes, and the role of expertise in skilled occupations. He has served as a delegate to several White House Conferences on Aging and continues to have a strong interest in developing national priorities for research and education related to issues of aging.
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