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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a multiauthored book on interventions for an increasingly aged society. It derives from a symposium of the Society for the Study of Human Biology and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's Centre for Aging and Public Health in November 2005.
Purpose: Its purpose is to typify the interventions in nutrition, health, and social policies for gerontologists and social planners. These worthy objectives are met ably in this compact book.
Audience: This book is written for gerontologists and social planners. The authors are all experts in the field.
Features: In addition to succinct reviews of nutrition and exercise, there are discussions of vision, reminiscence, cognition, and how to determine the cost-effectiveness of interventions. The discussion of energy efficiency of housing for older persons — and how hypothermia in England is more likely in cold houses — is a striking example of how health and social policies and design all must come together to help older persons.
Assessment: I like this collection of essays. They are well written, succinct, and have well chosen, well cited references that stimulate further reading. The uniform, engaging tone of voice, so often lacking in conference proceedings, makes for enjoyable reading in this thoughtfully edited book.