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The graying of America : an encyclopedia of aging, health, mind, and behavior
Kausler, Donald H.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
xiv, 479 pages ; 24 cm
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HQ1064.U5 K39 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This second edition of The Graying of America greatly expands and updates the most comprehensive reference book on aging that is readily accessible to the lay reader. Featuring non-technical language, user-friendly indexes, and more than 150 new entries, the second edition covers new topics such as acupuncture, wheelchairs, adjusting to bifocals, preparing for traveling, improving communication with physicians, and avoiding eye strain in computer use. Among other updates are more detailed coverage of health problems including arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, and various kinds of cancer, as well as advice on reducing the stress of caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease. In addition to discussing hundreds of common ailments and conditions, Kausler and Kausler provide constructive guidance on regular physical activity, mental stimulation, and other behaviors that promote successful aging.

Author Notes

Donald H. Kausler, Ph.D., is Curator's Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Missouri at Columbia
Barry C. Kausler, M.A., is a copy-writer and producer with ATandT Media Services in Columbia, Missouri

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Intended for general readers, this volume clearly explains various aspects of aging in nontechnical language. Topical coverage is very broad, and the selection of subjects appears to reflect both currently popular areas and the authors' own interests. They note that much of the information was taken from research reports in major psychological, sociological, and medical journals and technical books as well as from more popular publications, but there are no specific references to sources. The entries include definitions, explanations, advice, statistics, and research results. The 470 entries in this edition are arranged alphabetically and include 152 new entries and 133 expansions of entries from the first edition, compiled by the same editors (CH, Jan'97). The length of entries varies, with seven pages devoted to Alzheimer's disease, two to intelligence, and a brief paragraph to homeless older people. An index of entries and cross-references and a list of entries arranged by 14 broad categories are included. Donald Kausler is professor of psychology emeritus at University of Missouri-Columbia; Berry Kausler is a copywriter and producer with AT&T Media Services in Columbia. Recommended for general readers, undergraduates, and practitioners looking for basic information. C. Dobson Oklahoma State University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. ix
Alphabetical Entriesp. 1
Index of Entries and Cross-Referencesp. 453
Index of Entries by Broad Topicsp. 472