Issues in Aging combines social, psychological, biological, and philosophical perspectives to present a multifaceted picture of aging. Novak illustrates both the problems and the opportunities that accompany older age. This text helps students understand the tremendous variability in aging and introduces them to careers working with older adults.

This new edition reflects the continued changes in the way we age. The fourth edition has been updated to include emerging issues in aging. These include the prevalence of HIV/AIDs in later life, current research on mental potential in old age, the creation of age-friendly cities, and new options for end-of-life care.

Each chapter begins with a set of learning objectives to guide students in their reading, and concludes with a list of main points, questions for discussion or study, suggested readings, and relevant web sites to consult. Each chapter also includes up-to-date charts and graphs as well as key terms to help students understand the issues presented. Break out boxes reveal the human side of aging through the stories of individuals in real life and in the media.


chapter 1|38 pages

Aging Today

chapter 2|46 pages

Theories and Methods

chapter 3|43 pages


chapter 4|49 pages

Personal Health and Well-Being

chapter 5|51 pages

The Psychology of Aging

chapter 6|57 pages

Race and Ethnicity

chapter 7|48 pages

The Health Care System

chapter 8|43 pages

Finances and Economics

chapter 9|35 pages

Retirement and Work

chapter 10|48 pages

Housing and Transportation

chapter 11|38 pages

Leisure, Recreation, and Education

chapter 12|39 pages

Family Life and Relationships

chapter 13|46 pages

Social Support

chapter 14|37 pages

Death and Dying

chapter 15|42 pages

Politics and Policies