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Successful Aging : Perspectives from the Behavioral Sciences - Paul B. Baltes

Successful Aging

Perspectives from the Behavioral Sciences

By: Paul B. Baltes (Editor), Margret M. Baltes (Editor)

Paperback Published: 25th October 1993
ISBN: 9780521435826
Number Of Pages: 416

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For a long time, research on developmental issues in the biological and social sciences has been primarily concerned with the early stages of the lifespan, such as infancy and adolescence. More and more researchers have recently turned their attention to the problems of development and aging in the later periods of life. This volume, based on papers presented by the European Network on Longitudinal Studies on Individual Development, deals with success in the aging process. From a medical or public health viewpoint, successful aging consists of optimizing life expectancy while at the same time minimizing physical, psychological, and social morbidity. Achievement of successful aging requires that the onset of infirmity, on average, increases more rapidly than average life expectancy, compressing morbidity into a shorter period. Current behavioral and social research shows physical plasticity in seniors, strong associations between lifestyle and health, increasingly healthy lifestyles on a national basis, and decreasing incidence of chronic disease.

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Foreword
Preface
Psychological perspectives on successful aging: the model of selective optimization with compensation
Medical perspectives upon successful aging
Successful aging in a post-retired society
The optimization of cognitive functioning in old age: predictions based on cohort-sequential and longitudinal data
The optimization of episodic remembering in old age
Peak performance and age: an examination of peak performance in sports
Personal control over development and quality of life perspectives in adulthood
Successful mastery of bereavement and widowhood: a life-course perspective
The Bonn longitudinal study of aging: coping, life adjustment, and life satisfaction
Risk and protective factors in the transition to young adulthood
Avoiding negative life outcomes: evidence from a forty-five year study
Developing behavioural genetics and successful aging
Name index
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521435826
ISBN-10: 052143582X
Series: European Network on Longitudinal Studies on Individual Devel
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 25th October 1993
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.22  x 2.92
Weight (kg): 0.58

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