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The Power of a Gerontological Imagination 

The Power of a Gerontological Imagination
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The Power of a Gerontological Imagination
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Kenneth F. Ferraro

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10.1093/med/9780190665340.003.0001
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date: 14 November 2019

The gerontological imagination is an interdisciplinary articulation of how gerontologists think—a paradigm for the study of aging. Although there is considerable intellectual capital related to the study of aging, most of it is embedded within disciplinary specializations. Each discipline creates and maintains its own specialized body of knowledge; but the goal of the book is to identify core ideas, theories, and empirical generalizations held by scholars across a range of disciplines. Gerontology is a relatively recent field of study, but a growing number of scholars are interested in why aging occurs and how to optimize the process. The scientific and educational value of this paradigm is discussed.

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