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Psychology of Aging
A Concise Exploration



August 2024 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In Psychology of Aging: A Concise Exploration, author Sara J. Margolin redefines how we think about getting older. Employing a bio-psycho-social perspective, Margolin introduces modern learners to the study of adulthood and aging, offering a holistic examination of its impact on our bodies, minds, relationships, and social roles. Through an innovative myth vs. fact approach, the text dispels common misconceptions using humor, compassion, and robust research. Emphasizing real-life aging processes and adaptations, students gain insights applicable not only to future careers but also within family and personal life contexts.

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Unit 1. Myth: Older adults lose physical capabilities, become unable to see and hear, and become a burden on their family and friends.
 
Chapter 1. Physical Aging
 
Chapter 2. Sensation and Perception
 
Unit 2. Myth: Older adults lose their memory and intelligence, and they become unable to remember to do basic daily tasks.
 
Chapter 3. Attention and Mental Processing
 
Chapter 4. Memory
 
Chapter 5. Intelligence and Wisdom
 
Unit 3. Myth: Older adults are pushed out of social relationships and work, and ultimately become isolated from the world around them.
 
Chapter 6. Social Roles and Retirement
 
Chapter 7. Social Cognition
 
Unit 4. Myth: Mental illness and dementia run rampant in older populations, everyone will develop this in some way, and there is no recovering or treatment once this happens this late in life.
 
Chapter 8. Mental Health and Dementia
 
Chapter 9. Personality
 
Chapter 10. Stress
 
Unit 5. Myth: Older adults fear death and cannot cope with loss.
 
Chapter 11. Death and Dying
 
Glossary
 
Index

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“The examples used are relatable and clear, and I love that the author used personal examples. I also liked the positive and more realistic spin put on these changes that occur during adulthood.”

Melissa S. Atkins
Marshall University
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Ashley Ermer, PhD
Department of Family Science and Human Development at Montclair State University
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