Encyclopedia of Health and Aging, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Kyriakos S. Markides
  • Published By: SAGE
  • ISBN-10: 1412953871
  • ISBN-13: 9781412953870
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 650 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released July 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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This one-volume resource (first published in print formation in 2007) captures some of the excitement of the research in the field in terms of new findings as well as conceptual developments guiding research, practice, and policy. With more than 200 entries, it covers the biological, psychological, social, and economic aspects of health and aging and impacts within the health-care system. This Encyclopedia also focuses heavily on geriatrics with respect to geriatric syndromes and common diseases of aging.

Key features includes:

  • Addresses a full spectrum of topics including acute illness, Alzheimer's disease, bereavement, economic dependency, health care costs, health promotion, hospice care, long-term care, medications, nursing homes, optimal aging, public policy, quality of life, spousal care-giving, widowhood, and much more
  • Discusses landmark studies such as Duke Longitudinal Studies, the Established Populations for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly, Health and Retirement Study, and the National Long Term Care Survey, as well as important programs including Social Security, Meals on Wheels, and Medicaid/Medicare
  • Offers cross-disciplinary coverage with contributions from the fields of gerontology, epidemiology, health psychology, biology, sociology, health and medicine, and public policy
  • Provides health and aging issues from around the world including Mexico, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand
  • Includes a list of 45 online resources on health and aging

The Encyclopedia of Health and Aging is a must-have reference for any academic as it appeals to a broad audience such as scholars within programs of gerontology and health, graduate students, members of the media, policy makers and healthcare advocates, and the general reader.



  • Kyriakos S. Markides


"While many articles focus on landmark studies of aging, almost every entry presents a summary of research on that topic. These state-of-scholarship surveys will prove valuable for students, researchers and practicing health care professionals, and this guide is appropriate for academic and public library collections." --Lawrence Looks at Books, September 2007

— Lawrence Looks at Books

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Editorial Board.
List of Entries.
Reader's Guide.
About the Editor.
1: Accelerated Aging Syndromes.
2: Active Life Expectancy.
3: Activities of Daily Living and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living.
4: Advance Directives.
5: Adverse Drug Reactions.
6: Adverse Drug Withdrawal Events.
7: Advocacy Organizations.
8: Africa.
9: African Americans.
10: Age-Period-Cohort Distinctions.
11: Age-Related Changes in Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics.
12: Aging in Manitoba Longitudinal Study.
13: Aging Network.
14: Agitation.
15: Alcohol Use and Abuse.
16: Allostatic Load and Homeostasis.
17: Alzheimer's Disease.
18: Anabolic Therapies.
19: Anemia.
20: Aneurysms.
21: Anti-Aging Interventions.
22: Anxiety Disorders.
23: Apolipoprotein E.
24: Arrhythmias.
25: Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases.
26: Asia.
27: Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.
28: Assisted Living.
29: Assistive Devices.
30: Australia and New Zealand.
31: Balance.
32: Behavioral Disorders in Dementia.
33: Bereavement and Grief.
34: Biological Theories of Aging.
35: Biomarkers of Aging.
36: Body Composition.
37: Body Mass Index.
38: Calcium Disorders of Aging.
39: Canada.
40: Cancer.
41: Cancer, Common Types of.
42: Cancer Prevention and Screening.
43: Cardiovascular Health Study.
44: Cardiovascular System.
45: Caregiving.
46: Cataracts.
47: Cellulitis.
48: Centenarians.
49: Clinical Trials.
50: Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
51: Compression of Morbidity.
52: Congestive Heart Failure.
53: Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimer's Disease.
54: Continuum of Care.
55: Control.
56: Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.
57: Critical Perspectives in Gerontology.
58: Death, Dying, and Hospice Care.
59: Delirium and Confusional States.
60: Demography of Aging.
61: Depression and Other Mood Disorders.
62: Diabetes.
63: Dietary Variety.
64: Disability and the Disablement Process.
65: Disasters and Terrorism.
66: Disclosure.
67: Driving.
68: Drug-Disease Interactions.
69: Drug-Drug Interactions.
70: Drug Underuse.
71: Duke Longitudinal Studies.
72: Ear Diseases.
73: Early Adversity and Late-Life Health.
74: Economics of Aging.
75: Education and Health.
76: Elder Abuse and Neglect.
77: Emotions and Emotional Stability.
78: Environmental Health.
79: Epidemiology of Aging.
80: Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly.
81: Ethical Issues and Aging.
82: Ethnicity and Race.
83: Europe.
84: Exercise and Physical Activity.
85: Expectations Regarding Aging.
86: Eye Diseases.
87: Fluid and Electrolytes.
88: Foot Problems.
89: Fractures in Older Adults.
90: Frailty.
91: Gait Disorders.
92: Gastrointestinal Aging.
93: Geriatric Assessment.
94: Geriatric Profession.
95: Geriatric Team Care.
96: Gerontological Nursing.
97: Global Aging.
98: Government Health Surveys.
99: Health and Retirement Study.
100: Health and Public Policy.
101: Health Care System for Older Adults.
102: Health Communication.
103: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
104: Hearing.
105: Hispanic Established Population for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly.
106: Hispanics.
107: HIV and AIDS.
108: Home Care.
109: Homelessness and Health in the United States.
110: Honolulu-Asia Aging Study, Honolulu Heart Program.
111: Hypertension.
112: Iatrogenic Disease.
113: Imaging of the Brain.
114: Immune Function.
115: Inappropriate Prescribing.
116: Incontinence.
117: Infections, Bladder and Kidney.
118: Infectious Diseases.
119: Injury Prevention.
120: Institutional Care.
121: Instruments.
122: Kidney Aging and Diseases.
123: Latin America and the Caribbean.
124: Legal Issues.
125: Lewy Body Dementia.
126: Life Course Perspective on Adult Development.
127: Living Arrangements.
128: Loneliness.
129: Longevity.
130: Longitudinal Research.
131: Longitudinal Study of Aging.
132: Long-Term Care.
133: Long-Term Care Insurance.
134: MacArthur Study of Successful Aging.
135: Managed Care.
136: Marital Status.
137: Medicaid.
138: Medicare.
139: Medication Adherence.
140: Medication Errors.
141: Memory.
142: Menopause and Hormone Therapy.
143: Men's Health.
144: Mental Status Assessment.
145: Metabolic Syndrome.
146: Mexico.
147: Midlife.
148: Migration.
149: Mild Cognitive Impairment.
150: Minimum Data Set.
151: Mobility.
152: Mobility Assessment.
153: Motivation.
154: Multiple Morbidity and Comorbidity.
155: Musculoskeletal Aging: Inflammation.
156: Musculoskeletal Aging: Osteoarthritis.
157: National Health Interview Survey.
158: National Institute on Aging.
159: National Long Term Care Survey.
160: Native Americans and Alaska Natives.
161: Negative Interaction and Health.
162: Neurobiology of Aging.
163: Neurological Disorders.
164: Normal Physical Aging.
165: Normative Aging Study.
166: Nursing Roles in Health Care and Long-Term Care.
167: Nutrition and Public Health.
168: Nutrition, Malnutrition, and Feeding Issues.
169: Obesity.
170: Oldest Old.
171: Oral Health.
172: Osteoporosis.
173: Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS).
174: Pain.
175: Palliative Care and the End of Life.
176: Patient Safety.
177: Performance Measures of Physical Function.
178: Perioperative Issues.
179: Personality Disorders.
180: Pets in Health Care Settings.
181: Pick's Disease.
182: Pneumonia and Tuberculosis.
183: Polypharmacy.
184: Positive Attitudes and Health.
185: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
186: Pressure Ulcers.
187: Pseudodementia.
188: Psychiatric Rating Scales.
189: Psychosocial Theories.