Resilience in Aging

Concepts, Research, and Outcomes

  • Barbara Resnick
  • Lisa P. Gwyther
  • Karen A. Roberto

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Rebecca S. Allen, Hillary R. Dorman, Helmi Henkin, Keisha D. Carden, Daniel Potts
    Pages 1-15
  3. Matthew Lee Smith, Caroline D. Bergeron, Carly E. McCord, Angela K. Hochhalter, Marcia G. Ory
    Pages 17-33
  4. Erlene Rosowsky, Aileen Peters
    Pages 35-60
  5. Phillip G. Clark, Patricia M. Burbank, Geoffrey Greene, Deborah Riebe
    Pages 61-80
  6. Michelle E. Mlinac, Anne Schwabenbauer
    Pages 81-104
  7. N. Jennifer Klinedinst, Alisha Hackney
    Pages 105-131
  8. Robert E. Roush, Michelle Braun, Susan H. McFadden, Kate de Medeiros
    Pages 133-150
  9. Darlene Yee-Melichar, Emiko Takagi, Kristy Lui
    Pages 151-170
  10. Nancy Morrow-Howell, Karen Backes, Greg O‘Neill, Jennifer C. Greenfield
    Pages 171-189
  11. Serena Wong, Kenneth I. Pargament, Carol Ann Faigin
    Pages 191-214
  12. Meredith Troutman
    Pages 215-220
  13. Arlene J. Astell, Marie Y. Savundranayagam, Elizabeth Kelson, Barbara Purves, Alison Phinney
    Pages 245-260
  14. Bobbi G. Matchar, Lisa P. Gwyther, Elizabeth Galik, Barbara Resnick
    Pages 261-279
  15. Joseph G. Pickard, John-Paul R. Witt, Gina T. Aitch
    Pages 281-295
  16. Donna Cohen, Andrew Krajewski
    Pages 331-345
  17. Kate-Ellen J. Elliott, Jennifer L. Scott, Christine M. Stirling, Angela J. Martin
    Pages 347-365
  18. Kelly Munly, Karen A. Roberto, Katherine R. Allen
    Pages 367-383
  19. Ronald W. Berkowsky, Elizabeth A. Yost, Shelia R. Cotten
    Pages 385-399
  20. Barbara Resnick, Lisa P. Gwyther, Karen A. Roberto
    Pages 401-415
  21. Back Matter
    Pages 417-420

About this book


This updated and expanded second edition of Resilience in Aging offers a comprehensive description of the current state of knowledge with regard to resilience from physiological (including genetic), psychological (including cognitive and creative), cultural, and economic perspectives.  In addition, the book considers the impact of resilience on many critical aspects of life for older adults including policy issues, economic, cognitive and physiological challenges, spirituality, chronic illness, and motivation. The only book devoted solely to the importance and development of resilience in quality of life among older adults, Resilience in Aging, 2nd Edition continues to offer evidence-based theory, clinical guidelines, and new and updated case examples and real-world interventions so professional readers can make the best use of this powerful tool. The critical insights in this volume are concluded with a discussion of future directions on optimizing resilience and the importance of a lifespan approach to the critical component of aging. 

The book’s coverage extends across disciplines and domains, including:

  • Resilience and personality disorders in older age.
  • Cultural and ethnic perspectives on enhancing resilience in aging
  • Sustained by the sacred: religious and spiritual factors for resilience in adulthood and aging.
  • Building resilience in persons with early-stage dementia and their care partners.
  • Interdisciplinary geriatric mental health resilience interventions.
  • Developing resilience in the aged and dementia care workforce.
  • Using technology to enhance resilience among older adults.

This wide-ranging and updated lifespan approach gives Resilience in Aging, 2nd Edition particular relevance to the gamut of practitioners in gerontology and geriatrics, including health psychologists, neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, geriatricians, family physicians, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, among others.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Barbara Resnick
    • 1
  • Lisa P. Gwyther
    • 2
  • Karen A. Roberto
    • 3
  1. 1.School of NursingUniversity of MarylandBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Duke UniversityDurhamUSA
  3. 3.Virginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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