This book provides a comprehensive look at the many aspects of resilience and the ways in which older adults can build resilience and overcome challenges experienced throughout the aging process. The chapter authors provide several different definitions of resilience. For example, Allen et al. (Chap. 1) describes resilience as a dynamic process of maintaining positive adaptation and effective coping strategies in the face of adversity, or simply stated resilience is a dynamic process of adaptation to adversity. Hochholter et al. (Chap. 2) refer to resilience as an extraordinary and positive response to a challenge or stressor, and Rosowsky in Chap. 3 notes that resilient older adults are able to tolerate the vicissitudes of aging and defray the overhead of growing old. Across the many definitions and descriptions of resilience provided, resilience is conceptualized to reflect an effective response to some type of adversity or challenge, whether it is physical, psychological, economic, political, environmental, or social.
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