Social structures, aging, and self-regulation in the elderly /
edited by K. Warner Schaie, Laura L. Carstensen.
New York : Springer Pub., c2006.
xiii, 242 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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New York : Springer Pub., c2006.
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Societal influences that affect cognitive functioning in old age / Selam Negash and Ronald C. Petersen. Commentary: societal factors in cognitive aging: one eye wide shut? / Naftali Raz. Commentary: societal influences on cognition in historical context / K. Warner Schaie -- Wisdom in social context / Ursula M. Staudinger, Eva-Marie Kessler and Jessica Dörner. Commentary: the dynamic relationship between age stereotypes and wisdom in old age / Becca R. Levy and Corey Pilver -- Social influences on adult personality, self-regulation, and health / Daniel K. Mroczek ... [et al.]. Commentary: from kindling to conflagration: self-regulation and personality change / Brent W. Roberts. Commentary: can self-regulation explain age differences in daily, weekly, and monthly reports of psychological distress? / David M. Almeida, Daniel K. Mroczek, and Michelle Neiss -- Social norms, rules of thumb, and retirement: evidence for rationality in retirement planning / Gary Burtless. Commentary: modeling the retirement decision / Joseph F. Quinn. Commentary: numbers are just numbers / Ellen Peters -- Race and self-regulatory health behaviors: the role of the stress response and the HPA axis in physical and mental health disparities / James S. Jackson and Katherine M. Knight. Commentary: mechanisms of health disparities: variations in health care provider attitudes and their impact on older minority adults / Stephanie L. Garrett and Toni P. Miles. Commentary: adding paths to resilience and daily accounts to an already rich field of inquiry: a brief commentary on James Jackson's "Social structure and health disparities" / Alex J. Zautra, Kate E. Murray, and Brendt P. Parish.
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"Edited proceedings of a conference held at the Pennsylvania State University, October 4-5, 2004"--Pref.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Significant demographic changes are transforming the structure of American population to include a much larger proportion of older people. This work examines the implications of these changes and the ways in which they affect age distribution, immigration, increasing longevity, and family change.
Long Description
Significant demographic changes are transforming the structure of today's American population to include a much larger proportion of older people. Factors such as immigration and changes in marriage, cohabitation, divorce, and childbearing are all affecting the roles of older people and the way in which older people are financially, emotionally, and psychologically supported. These changes also affect the size and composition of the working-age population that provide this support. Through the review of recent literature, the authors examine the implications of these changes and the ways in which they affect age distribution, immigration, increasing longevity, and family change.
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This collection considers ways in which societal contexts influence aging by influencing self-regulatory processes. No one doubts that the social contexts in which individuals develop exert strong influence on life trajectories. Those born into environments that provide high quality education, supportive social relations, and economic assets do better in old age than those born into environments bereft of such resources. The extent of this influence, however, is only beginning to be revealed. Recent research shows that life experiences influence basic brain structures (e.g. the effect of musical training on neural organization) and functions (e.g. inflammatory processes), and that social embeddedness may even protect against Alzheimer's disease. Similarly, education increasingly appears to have a ""real"" effect on neural integrity. Thus, societal contexts may not simply open or close doors for individuals, but may influence self-regulatory processes at the most basic levels of functioning. Although social structures are generally seen as the independent variables that affect individual aging, it is also possible to think of a lifetime development of self-regulatory processes leading to behaviors in old age that can have impact on and modify societal structures. Two parts of this book consider self-regulation as the dependent variable, asking how social contexts influence cognitive, emotional, and self-regulatory processes. The third part reverses the question, treating self-regulation as the independent variable and retirement and physical health as dependent variables. In this part, consideration is given to how the effectiveness of self-regulation influences physical and economic outcomes in old age.
Main Description
In this intriguing new book, experts K. Warner Schaie and Laura L. Carstensen present the interplay and influence of self-regulation and social structures on the physical and economic outcomes of old age.
Table of Contents
Contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Societal Influences That Affect Cognitive Functioning in Old Agep. 1
Commentary: Societal Factors in Cognitive Aging: One Eye Wide Shut?p. 9
Commentary: Societal Influences on Cognition in Historical Contextp. 13
Wisdom in Social Contextp. 33
Commentary: The Dynamic Relationship Between Age Stereotypes and Wisdom in Old Agep. 55
Social Influences on Adult Personality, Self-Regulation, and Healthp. 69
Commentary: From Kindling to Conflagration: Self-Regulation and Personality Changep. 85
Commentary: Can Self-Regulation Explain Age Differences in Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Reports of Psychological Distress?p. 95
Social Norms, Rules of Thumb, and Retirement: Evidence for Rationality in Retirement Planningp. 123
Commentary: Modeling the Retirement Decisionp. 161
Commentary: Numbers Are Just Numbersp. 175
Race and Self-Regulatory Health Behaviors: The Role of the Stress Response and the HPA Axis in Physical and Mental Health Disparitiesp. 189
Commentary: Mechanisms of Health Disparities: Variations in Health Care Provider Attitudes and Their Impact on Older Minority Adultsp. 209
Commentary: Adding Paths to Resilience and Daily Accounts to an Already Rich Field of Inquiry: A Brief Commentary on James Jackson's "Social Structure and Health Disparities"p. 215
Indexp. 240
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