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Social Integration in the Second Half of Life

by Pillemer, Karl E Glasgow, Nina

  • ISBN: 9780801864537
  • ISBN10: 0801864534

Social Integration in the Second Half of Life

by Pillemer, Karl E Glasgow, Nina

  • List Price: $56.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publish date: 11/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780801864537
  • ISBN10: 0801864534
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Description: Social scientists use the term social integration to refer to an individual's connections with others in his or her environment. The concept and its consequences have been the subject of considerable study. Many researchers have asserted that meaningful and enduring ties to other persons serve as a buffer against stress, and thereby promote physical and mental health. The results are especially pronounced for older persons.

Social Integration in the Second Half of Life presents integration reviews of theory and research on this topic. The editors and contributors, all currently or previously affiliated with the Cornell Gerontology Research Institute, also present new empirical findings of research done at their center. The first section of the book discusses basic theory and principles of social integration in later life and its implications for health. The second, largest section examines specific issues: retirement, driving, family support, housing, neighbors, minority populations. The third section addresses interventions to promote social integration: transportation, volunteering, and peer support for dementia caregivers. Throughout, the authors focus on the diverging influences of social integration and its converse, social isolation, in later life.

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