Health Aspects of Aging: The Experience of Crowing Old By Cari Lesnoff-Caravaglia; 2000; Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publisher; 206 pages; hard cover; $41,95
An aging population, on a global basis, is an unfolding demographic phenomenon. In this book, the Lesnoff-Caravaglia provides a good, solid overview of biologic changes associated with aging, and lends support to the view that healthy aging is a real possibility.
In 12 chapters, and in a fluid, highly readable manner revealing sensitivity to negative stereotypes about older persons, LesnoffCaravaglia briefly addresses issues related to biologic changes associated with the aging process. The application of technology to potentially remedy some of the problems caused by aging are of interest to the author. He successfully weaves discussion about issues of technology into aspects of biology. Psychosocial issues are probed in the final chapter.
This book is well crafted for lay readers, with didactic value as well. However, given the limited number of references and the diluted presentation of biologic science, the book is not of much value to researchers.