Encyclopedia of Aging, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0028658795
  • ISBN-13: 9780028658797
  • DDC: 305.26
  • Grade Level Range: 11th Grade - College Senior
  • 1591 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2002 | Published/Released October 2003
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2002

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As the Baby Boomers enter retirement, the 4-vol. Encyclopedia Of Aging offers a timely resource encompassing all aspects of aging. Covering a variety of disciplines---biology, medicine, economics, law, psychology, sociology, and history---the Encyclopedia also explores related issues such as religion, spirituality, and ethics. Also includes a topical outline, primary source documents, addresses, web sites, and an index.


"Alzheimer's, criminal victimization, frailty, incontinence, lack of autonomy, poverty, retirement homes and widowhood are just a few of the current popular associations with aging. Few are positive images and most reflect fears associated with the process of advancing age...While gerontologists focused on the physiological and pathological aspects of aging, an army of other researchers approached societal and individual responses to aging populations and to simply getting old. This new scholarly encyclopedia makes much of that research available to students and scholars by providing an interdisciplinary approach to the study of aging...With the growing number of baby boomers now approaching old age, this groundbreaking encyclopedia should make an excellent addition to both academic and public libraries." -- Lawrence Looks at Books (October 2002)

— Lawrence Looks at Books

"Ekerdt's excellent reference work provides a wide variety of information about aging and the aged with topics drawn from the behavioral and social sciences, bioethics, humanities, religion, law, biology, and medicine... informative black-and-white photographs, tables, and figures are included... Highly recommended for general readers, students at all levels, faculty, and practitioners." -- Choice (February 2003)

— Choice

"The Encyclopedia of Aging is a four-volume, A-Z listing of 415 articles encompassing three broad categories: the aged (long-lived individuals); aging (the process of change over time); and age (specifically meaning the count of time, as in 'I am one hundred years old.') There are three hundred black-and-white illustrations. ... As many topics in aging cut across thematic and disciplinary lines, each article is followed by suggested related articles within the encyclopedia. .... Although written by experts, the text is intentionally made comprehensible to the layman. To assist understanding, the graphs, charts, and illustrations are simplified. ...For North American 'baby boomers,' the Encyclopedia of Aging is the most comprehensive, comprehensible multivolumes introduction to the numerous broad aspects of gerontology and geriatrics currently available on the market. In high schools it will support classes or debates in social studies, health, and biology. In college and universities, it will prove useful to majors in nursing, medicine, public policy, and cultural studies. Most significantly, this work is highly recommended for public libraries to assist the general population who need to learn about health issues, retirement, government programs, and more." -- Reference User and Services Quarterly (Summer 2003)

— Reference and User Services Quarterly (ALA)

"This four-volume set makes the latest professional research on gerontology accessible to general readers, especially to high school and college students. Under the direction of Ekerdt, some of the world's leading gerontologists and aging researchers have contributed 400-plus concise and readable entries that offer excellent introductions to important concepts. The entries, which cover an array of topics selected from the humanities, and the life, biological, and social sciences, feature such key issues as nursing homes, animal models of aging, the visual arts, mental health, community services, disorders of later life, sensory changes, housing, benefit programs, research techniques, genetics, careers in aging, and retirement. Although the text focuses primarily on the United States, aging in other nations and cultures is examined as well. Ekerdt's work is a good choice for large public and academic libraries." -- Library Journal (November 2002)

— Library Journal

"As the population ages, information about the causes and ramifications of growing older takes up a bigger share of the collective consciousness. This encyclopedia aims "to present advanced ideas about aging at an accessible level," covering biological, medical, psychological, and sociological topics as well as social and public policy issues." -- Booklist (January 2003)

— Booklist

"In more than 400 entries, this encyclopedia aims, 'to present advanced ideas about aging at an accessible level.' About one-third to one-half of the articles focus on biological, medical, or psychological aspects of aging. There are also good treatments of social policy — a history of Social Security, articles on adult protective services, housing options, etc. ... Most of the emphasis is on the U.S., with some attention given to other countries and cultures and comparisons between cultures. Several articles fall in the topic group of aging around the world — entries on China and Japan, three to four pages on Western Europe or South Asia. ... A very detailed index allows access to the wealth of factual information in the entries ... the coverage of both general topics and very specific information is impressive. Many well-produced illustrations and diagrams accompany the text in an exceptionally attractive product. ...On the whole, this new encyclopedic treatment is an outstanding choice for academic libraries serving both professional programs and other courses of study as well as being suitable for larger public libraries. It balances the task of presenting advanced information in an accessible fashion extremely well." -- Booklist (December 2002)

— Booklist

"The encyclopedia contains over 400 alphabetically arranged articles covering all aspects of aging from the perspective of many different fields, including biology, sociology, literature, and ethics. All articles are signed by the author and are followed by references to related articles. Additionally, each article contains a bibliography of scholarly books and articles, ranging from 2 to 35 items. The articles, informative and exceptionally well written, are enhanced by the excellent drawings, which are especially useful for health-related articles, and valuable charts and figures, which clearly indicate sources and dates. The encyclopedia overall is comprehensive, up to date, and well worth the cost." -- ARBA (January 2003)