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By Ian Stuart-Hamilton

With the world's inhabitants getting more and more older, there hasn't ever been a extra urgent desire for the research of previous age and growing old. An advent to Gerontology offers a wide-ranging creation to this significant subject. by means of assuming no past specialist wisdom and heading off jargon, this publication will consultant scholars via all of the major topics in gerontology, protecting either conventional components, reminiscent of organic and social growing older, in addition to extra modern components, akin to know-how, the humanities, sexuality and schooling of older adults. An advent to Gerontology is written through a staff of foreign authors with multidisciplinary backgrounds who draw facts from numerous assorted views and traditions.

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And Mayer, P. (2009) The effects of specific education and direct experience on implicit and explicit measures of ageism. Paper presented at 19th World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Paris, France, 5–9 July, 2009. Oeppen, J. W. (2002) Broken limits to life expectancy, Science, 296, 1029–31. Palmore, E. (1998) The facts on aging quiz, 2nd edn. New York: Springer. C. L. ), Middle age and aging: a reader in social psychology. University of Chicago Press, 88–92. G. H. (2004) The fountain of youth: cultural, scientific and ethical perspectives on a biomedical goal.

He proposed the hypothesis known as group selection, which states that ageing evolved because it benefits the species or group, even if it is detrimental to the individual (Weismann, 1891). Weismann later abandoned this concept and instead advocated that organisms that segregate germ and soma – respectively, reproductive cells and all other cells – must invest more resources to reproduce rather than to maintain the soma and ageing is the consequence of organisms renouncing the soma. Unlike group selection, which today is dismissed by most authorities, the idea of soma–germ segregation playing a role in the evolution of ageing has remained until now.

2004) Development and validation of a geriatric knowledge test for medical students, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 52, 983–8. Mullan, P. (2002) The imaginary time bomb: why an ageing population is not a social problem. B. Tauris. , Stuart-Hamilton, I. and Mayer, P. (2009) The effects of specific education and direct experience on implicit and explicit measures of ageism. Paper presented at 19th World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Paris, France, 5–9 July, 2009. Oeppen, J.

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