Adapting Cognitive for depression

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sex couples and divorce proneness. Chapter 10 includes new census information (2007) on the number of older adults that remain in the workforce and a modern resource model of retirement. Chapter 11 and 12 flow logically from the retirement chapter and fit well together. Chapter 11: Mental Health Issues and Treat- ment again presents older adult issues in the context of the life span. New research included in this section also points to relation- ships between depression and fitness level. This chapter does an excellent job of pointing out the difficulties in diagnosing and treating an older adult. Chapter 12 overviews long-term care facilities available in the United States. While the legislation and funding related to these facilities is not exactly the same in Canada, parallels can be made. Chapter 14: Death and Dying presents a good historical over- view of how the dying process has been viewed and is currently viewed in our Western Society. The importance of cultural differ- ences, religious backgrounds, and the influence of the media is also highlighted. Controversial issues such as euthanasia and phy- sician assisted suicide are also discussed. There is a new addition to this chapter: number of autopsies performed by age group, which does not seem to fit with the rest of the text and, in our opinion, does not really add to the chapter. The theme throughout the book, that there are factors that can alter our aging process in a positive way, is summarised in the final chapter. The addition of a new section on the “Neuroscience of Creativity” is also in keeping with current research that ties be- havioural findings to brain activity. Finally, Whitbourne concludes this chapter with a table of well-known successful agers. This is an excellent way to demonstrate that successful aging is attainable. From a Canadian perspective, this new edition includes a great deal of current Canadian research in aging, and in general includes more world statistics than the previous edition. One additional criticism we have is that there are graphics presented throughout the text that are not referred to or discussed within the text. Although the graphics fit with the section they are being presented in, there is no clear direction to the reader as to how the graphic fits with the ideas being presented. This criticism is minor and we would still highly recommend this book to anyone interested in aging. Susan Krauss Whitbourne is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she serves as the Departmental Honors Coordinator. Within Commonwealth Col- lege, she is the Director of the Office of National Scholarship Advisement. Her research focuses on personality development in midlife and later adulthood. Currently, she is working on projects that include a 34-year follow-up of Baby Boomers from college through the midlife years as well as the relationship between identity, stereo- type threat, and memory in middle and later adulthood. In addition to
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2011 for the course PSYCH 56550 taught by Professor Henry during the Spring '10 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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