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Understanding Communication and Aging
Developing Knowledge and Awareness



July 2012 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Understanding Communication and Aging is the most accessible introductory text in the area of communication and aging. The book examines key topics such as interpersonal and family relationships in old age, media portrayals of aging, cultural variations in intergenerational communication, and health communication in old age. With a lively presentation style, the book presents central research findings in the area while engaging students more broadly in the important questions concerning communication and human aging: Why do some people age more successfully than others? What role does communication play in shaping our attitudes and feelings about getting older? Are there different or better ways in which we could get old? Students will emerge with a greater understanding of communication and aging research, and with a greater interest and sensitivity to the ways in which communication is shaped by, and itself influences, the aging process.
 
Part I. Introduction to the Study of Aging and Intergenerational Communication
 
1. Perspectives on Aging
Why Study Aging?

 
Approaches to Aging

 
Methods for Studying Aging

 
Summary

 
Keywords and Theories

 
Discussion Questions

 
Annotated Bibliography

 
 
2. A Communication Approach to Aging
Decline in Communication

 
Counterpoint: A Positive Research Agenda on Aging

 
Approaches to Communication and Aging

 
Key Propositions Guiding the Book: A Communication Approach

 
Summary

 
Keywords and Theories

 
Discussion Questions

 
Annotated Bibliography

 
 
Part II. Attitudes About Aging and Interpersonal Communication
 
3. Stereotypes and Attitudes About Aging and Intergenerational Communication
Distinguishing Stereotypes and Attitudes

 
Attitudes Concerning Aging

 
Stereotypes of Aging

 
Age Identity-Talkin' 'Bout My Generation

 
Cognitive Representations of Intergenerational Communication

 
Why Do Negative Attitudes and Stereotypes Matter?

 
Summary

 
Keywords and Theories

 
Discussion Questions

 
Annotated Bibliography

 
 
4. Aging, Identity, Attitudes, and Intergenerational Communication
Communication Accommodation Theory

 
The Communication Predicament of Aging (CPA) Model

 
The Age Stereotypes in Interaction Model

 
Supporting Dependency

 
Other Dimensions of Accommodation

 
Age Identity: Disclosing and Concealing Age in Communication

 
Summary

 
Keywords and Theories

 
Discussion Questions

 
Annotated Bibliography

 
 
5. Intragenerational Relationships in Older Adulthood
Marital Relationships in Old Age

 
Intragenerational Friendships in Old Age

 
Sibling Relationships

 
Summary

 
Keywords and Theories

 
Discussion Questions

 
Annotated Bibliography

 
 
6. Intergenerational Relationships in Older Adulthood
Grandparenting

 
The Parent-Child Relationship in Older Adulthood

 
Intergenerational Friendships

 
Summary

 
Keywords and Theories

 
Discussion Questions

 
Annotated Bibliography

 
 
7. Enhancing Communication with Older Adults
Change in Young People: The Influence of Intergenerational Contact on Attitudes

 
Ending the Predicament: The Communication Enhancement Model

 
Change in Older Adults: Confronting Patronizing Talk

 
Communication Skills and Communication Training

 
Summary

 
Keywords and Theories

 
Discussion Questions

 
Annotated Bibliography

 
 
Part III. Social Representations and Mass Communication
 
8. Mass Communication Portrayals of Older Adults
Underrepresentation

 
Negative Representation

 
Positive Portrayals

 
The Media Industry

 
Summary

 
Keywords and Theories

 
Discussion Questions

 
Annotated Bibliography

 
 
9. Uses and Effects of Media
Age Differences in Media Use

 
Uses and Gratifications Theory

 
Media Effects

 
Older People as "Embracers" of Television?

 
Summary

 
Keywords and Theories

 
Discussion Questions

 
Annotated Bibliography

 
 
10. Culture, Communication, and Aging
East Asia

 
South Asia (India)

 
United States Latino Cultures

 
Native American Cultures

 
Globalization and Transcultural Themes

 
Summary

 
Keywords and Theories

 
Discussion Questions

 
Annotated Bibliography

 
 
Part IV. Contexts of Communication in Older Adulthood
 
11. Health and Health Care
Physician-Older Patient Interaction

 
Support Groups for Caregivers

 
Elder Abuse

 
Additional Topics

 
Summary

 
Keywords and Theories

 
Discussion Questions

 
Annotated Bibliography

 
 
12. Technology
Stereotypes of Older Adults-Technological Competence

 
The Reality of Older Adults-Computer Use

 
What Do Older People Do on the Internet?

 
Technology and the Workplace

 
Summary

 
Keywords and Theories

 
Discussion Questions

 
Annotated Bibliography

 
 
Part V. Conclusion
 
13. Conclusion
A Model of Aging in Individual and Societal Context

 
What Can You Do Now?

 
Summary

 
Keywords and Theories

 
Discussion Questions

 
Annotated Bibliography

 

an easy read and relates well to the aging process, cutlural issues, family relationships, discrimination and prejudice. very thought prevoking

Ms Carol-anne Westwell
Nursing & Midwifery, Bangor University
July 8, 2013

It is an important book for understanding the particular communication skills required when dealing with older adults. A good guide for acquiring the appropriate knowledge when dealing with this growing population segment.

Manos Georgiadis
Sport Sciences, University Campus Suffolk
May 14, 2013

This is an excellent resource for a number of subjects within gerontology. I found the issues around stereotypes and images of ageing useful for my module in particular. Students have found that content very accessible.

Mrs Margaret Brown
Health, Nursing & Midwifery (Hamilton), University of the West of Scotland
November 3, 2012

Well presented comprehensive text on communication and ageing suitable for those studying at specialist or post-graduate gerontological nursing level.

Patricia Fehin
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork (NUI)
October 12, 2012

this is a book well organized, with essential information for students and easy to understand.

Professor Carla Faria
Fundamentos Gerais da Educação, Instituto Politecnico de Viana do Castelo - Escola Superior de Educação
September 27, 2012

Needed something a bit more general regarding long-term care

Professor Janice Davis
Communication Dept, Kean University
January 10, 2012

Not broad enough coverage for a class on the psychology of aging. The coverage presented, however, was EXCELLENT for a more specialized course!

Dr Kelly Harrison
Psychology Dept, Virginia Polytechnic Institution / State University
November 12, 2010
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