Aging and applied communication research

Jon F. Nussbaum, Jennifer E. Ohs

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Abstract

Aging is a complex and ever-changing process from life’s birth until its close. In the year 2000, males in the United States living until the age of 65 had an average of 15.8 years of life ahead and females 19.3 years (Olshansky & Carnes, 2001). As life expectancy continues to grow, improving the quality of life in the later years has become a central research agenda in numerous disciplines. Applied communication research is no exception and has been instrumental in connecting three life facets-the physical, psychological, and social-identified as vital components of successful aging (Rowe & Kahn, 1998). Applied communication research is exceptionally well situated to examine the aging process of older adults in light of these complex facets. Not only is communication central in life at all ages but it also plays a fundamental role in maintaining the good health and quality social support needed to enhance the well-being of older individuals. An applied communication perspective allows theory and research to be linked with practice, which has the potential to improve the aging process at the later end of the life span.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Applied Communication Research
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages429-452
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)0203871642, 9781135231798
ISBN (Print)080584984X, 9780805849844
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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Nussbaum, J. F., & Ohs, J. E. (2009). Aging and applied communication research. In Routledge Handbook of Applied Communication Research (pp. 429-452). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203871645-29