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Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide, Volume IV, Wellbeing in Later Life

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Wellbeing in Later Life uses the latest research from a variety of disciplines to address and correct common myths and misconceptions about aging.

  • Covers topics ranging from biological mechanisms that affect aging to lifestyle, attitudes, and social factors

  • Examines the challenges of humanity's increasing life expectancy and includes recommendations for maintaining and enhancing wellbeing in later life

  • Makes meaningful connections between research and practice to link aspects of aging which have previously been considered separate

  • Part of the six-volume Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide, which brings together leading research from across the social sciences

  • Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide
    3. Title Page
    4. Copyright
    5. About the Editors
    6. Contributors
    7. Full Contents of Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide
    8. Introduction to Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide
      1. The Volumes in the Series
      2. References
    9. 1: Introduction
      1. References
    10. Part 1: Longevity and Wellbeing
      1. 2: The Changing Demographic Context of Aging
        1. Introduction
        2. Life Expectancy and Death Rates
        3. The General Shift in Mortality
        4. Life-Span Disparity
        5. The Sex Ratio at Older Ages
        6. Prospects
        7. Acknowledgments
        8. References
      2. 3: Biological Determinants and Malleability of Aging
        1. Introduction
        2. Of Aging and Disease
        3. Malleability of Human Aging
        4. Essentials of the Biology of Aging
        5. Prospects for Significant Interventions in the Aging Process
        6. The Levers of Healthy Longevity
        7. Individuality of the Aging Experience
        8. The Need for Further Evidence
        9. References
      3. 4: Wellbeing as Experienced by the Very Old
        1. Defining Wellbeing
        2. How is Wellbeing Measured?
        3. Wellbeing as Experienced by the Very Old
        4. Changing Expectations and Future Wellbeing
        5. Conclusions
        6. References
    11. Part 2: Factors Influencing Wellbeing
      1. 5: Psychological Wellbeing in Later Life
        1. Introduction
        2. What do We Mean by Psychological Wellbeing?
        3. Intrapersonal Components of Wellbeing
        4. Interpersonal Components of Wellbeing
        5. Factors Influencing Good and Poor Psychological Wellbeing Outcomes
        6. Conclusion
        7. References
      2. 6: Nutrition and Lifelong Wellbeing
        1. Nutrition and Aging: Basic Concepts
        2. Impact of Early-Life Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing Throughout the Life Span
        3. Obesity
        4. Nutrition and Physical Capability
        5. Strength of the Evidence Base
        6. Nutritional Needs of the Oldest Old
        7. Final Comments
        8. Acknowledgments
        9. References
      3. 7: Physical Activity, Exercise, and Aging
        1. Introduction
        2. Physical Activity, Exercise, and Cognitive Function
        3. Physical Activity, Exercise, and Aging Muscle
        4. Physical Activity, Exercise, and Bone
        5. Summary
        6. References
      4. 8: Capability and Independency in Later Life
        1. Capability and Independency: The Context of Population Aging
        2. Capability and Independency
        3. Understanding the Experience of Capability and Independency
        4. Celebrating and Facilitating Capability and Independence in Later Life
        5. References
      5. 9: Combating Isolation Through Technology in Older People
        1. Introduction
        2. The Problem
        3. Some Definitions
        4. What Causes Self-Perceived Loneliness
        5. Viewing the Whole Problem
        6. Developing a Framework
        7. Some of the Roles of Technology
        8. Measuring Impact and Side Effects
        9. Some Case Studies
        10. The Future
        11. Summary
        12. Acknowledgments
        13. References
      6. 10: Wellbeing and Vitality in Later Life
        1. Prevention of Infection
        2. Diet, Nutrition, and Foods
        3. Social Relationships
        4. Independent Living
        5. Healthy Aging R&D in Industry
        6. Conclusion
        7. References
      7. 11: Education and its Role in Wellbeing
        1. Education and Learning
        2. Wellbeing
        3. Who Owns the Definitions?
        4. The Disbenefits
        5. Conclusions
        6. References
        7. Further Reading
    12. Part 3: Wellbeing at the End of Life
      1. 12: The Threat to Wellbeing from Cognitive Decline
        1. Dementia-Friendly Communities
        2. Which Factors Promote and Which Inhibit Wellbeing for People with Dementia?
        3. The Importance of Social Activities and Inclusion
        4. Cognitive Impairment and Wellbeing
        5. Caring for the Carers: The Role of the GP
        6. Care in Care Homes
        7. Dying with Dementia and End-of-Life Care
        8. Concluding Comments
        9. References
      2. 13: When Vitality Meets Longevity
        1. Setting the Scene
        2. Longevity
        3. Vitality
        4. Self-Rated Life Satisfaction
        5. When Longevity Meets Vitality
        6. Putative Consequences
        7. Acknowledgments
        8. References
      3. 14: Maintaining Wellbeing Through the End of Life
        1. Introduction
        2. The Good Life
        3. Three Theories of Wellbeing
        4. Wellbeing in Dementia
        5. Conclusion
        6. References
    13. Part 4: Comparative Perspectives on Wellbeing
      1. 15: Cultures, Aging, and Wellbeing
        1. Introduction
        2. Maori in Aotearoa (New Zealand): A Brief Historical Perspective
        3. Epidemiological Perspectives
        4. Assessing Wellbeing in People of Diverse Cultures
        5. Views of Older Indigenous and Ethnic-Minority Peoples about Culture and Wellbeing
        6. Culture and Potential Moderation of Disadvantage
        7. Health and Wellbeing for Older Indigenous and Minority People
        8. Concluding Statement
        9. References
      2. 16: Wellbeing in the Oldest Old and Centenarians in Japan
        1. Introduction
        2. Successful Aging in Centenarians and the Oldest Old
        3. Psychological Theories of Wellbeing
        4. Conclusion and Future Perspective of Successful Aging
        5. References
      3. 17: Wellbeing in Later Life in Eighteenth-Century England
        1. Introduction: Why Include a Historical Perspective?
        2. Wellbeing in Later Life in the Eighteenth Century
        3. “Cheerfulness” as the Route to Wellbeing in Later Life
        4. Conclusion
        5. References
    14. Appendix: Foresight Mental Capital and Wellbeing Project
    15. Index