Cover image for Aging
Roberts, Pamela, 1952-
Publication Information:
Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
2 volumes (xx, 856 pages, xliii pages) : illustrations ; 26 cm
v. 1. Abandonment-Injuries among the elderly -- v. 2. Internet-You're only old once!


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HQ1061 .A42453 2000 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
HQ1061 .A42453 2000 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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As the greying of America continues to shift demographics, increasing attention has been focused on what it means to grow older, both for society and individuals. This work covers various social, financial, and medical issues in order to provide a broad perspective of the ageing experience.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Developed as a first source for general readers and students who want a better understanding of aging, this two-volume work consists of 319 entries prepared by more than 300 university-based contributors and edited by Roberts (California State Lib., Long Beach). It offers basic information on a variety of subjectsDsocial and financial issues, physical and mental health, legal concerns, employment, and family relationshipsDand includes media images of aging and biographies of pioneers in gerontology. Entries range in length from 300 to 4000 words; reference lists and summaries accompany longer pieces, which are illustrated with photos, medical drawings, tables, and other graphics. Appendixes provide annotated bibliographies of professional and consumer materials, a mediagraphy, and resource organizations and programs. Finding aids consist of alphabetical topic lists for each volume, a categorized subject list, and a cross-references index. While many of the entries are well written and appear authoritative, the list of contributors (and the editor) fails to mention credentials beyond academic affiliations. Some entries are interesting but not essentialDimages of aging in greeting cards, mini-reviews of filmsDwhile significant topics like adult day care are folded into larger entries. The sturdy binding is a plus. This would be useful for general collections lacking an aging encyclopedia, but a better choice is The Encyclopedia of Aging, edited by George L. Maddox (LJ 4/15/87) and written by national experts in gerontology and geriatrics. The third edition of that work is due out in 2001 from Springer.DKaren McNally Bensing, Benjamin Rose Inst., Cleveland, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Questions on aging and concomitant concerns have increased rapidly over the past few years, particularly at library reference stations. As baby boomers reach middle age, they bring their previously demonstrated energy to the issue of what it means to grow older. Reference tools treating these concerns exist (F.H. Roy and Charles Russell's Encyclopedia of Aging and the Elderly, CH, Dec'92; Older Americans Almanac, ed. by R.J. Manheimer, CH, Nov'94; Encyclopedia of Aging, ed. by G.L. Maddox et al., CH, Jun'87; 2nd ed., CH, Jun'96), but no recent publication displays the depth of this work. Well illustrated with photographs, medical drawings, tables, and graphs, Aging contains over 300 entries, ranging in length from 300 to 4,000 words, presented in alphabetic order. Besides physical changes and health concerns, entries also cover legislation and court cases relevant to the aging population. Each entry begins with a ready reference listing of important information it contains, is signed, and lists cross-references to other articles. A well-written introduction describes the need for such a publication. Of particular value are the appendixes, which include an excellent bibliography (fiction and nonfiction), a mediagraphy (fiction, films, music, and television), a list of resources (organizations and programs), a directory of notable people involved in aging issues, a list of entries by categories, and a detailed index. This useful set will greatly assist those seeking information on any aspect of the aging process, and is highly recommended. J. M. Coggan; University of Florida