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.