The Person as Patient: Psychosocial Perspectives for the Health Care Professional

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7
Normal Aging

Shulamit Werner

Introduction

Biological Theories of Aging

Psychosocial Theories

Normal Aging Versus Successful Aging Versus Pathological Aging

Gerontological Research, Dimensions, and Problems

Psychological Aspects of Aging

Social Aspects of Aging

Health, Health Assessment and Health Promotion

Impairment, Disability, and Handicap in Old Age


Introduction

'Remember your Creator in the days of your
youth,
Before the days of trouble come and the years
approach
When you will say, "I find no pleasure in
them" —
Before the sun and the light and the moon
and the stars grow dark,

When the keepers of the house tremble, and
the strong men stoop,

When the grinders cease because they are few,
and those looking through the window grow
dim;

When the doors to the street are closed and
the sound of grinding fades

When men rise up at the sound of birds, but all their songs grow faint;

When men are afraid of heights and of dangers in the streets;

When the almond tree blossoms and the
grasshopper drags himself along and desire no
longer is stirred,

Then man goes to his eternal home and
mourners go about the streets.'

Ecclesiastes 12:1-5.

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  • The Person as Patient - Psychosocial Perspectives for the Health Care Professional *
  • Contents *
  • Contributors *
  • Preface ix
  • Dedication xii
  • 1 - Of Systems and Theories i
  • 2 - A System of Ecology 10
  • 3 - Development through Life: Fundamental Patterns 24
  • 4 - Normal Growth and Development in the Infant and Young Child 43
  • 5 - The Adolescent Years 67
  • 6 - The Adult Years 99
  • 7 - Normal Aging 123
  • 8 - Aging with Illness 148
  • 9 - Long-Term Care: Living with Chronic Illness 169
  • 10 - Self-Efficacy 186
  • 11 - The Relationship between Health Practitioner and Patient 197
  • 12 - Bioethics 212
  • 13 - The Process of Making Judgments 230
  • 14 - Communication in the Therapeutic Context 244
  • Glossary of Terms 263
  • Index 269
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