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"Aging is one of the new textbooks you will find that covers the health-care management of the older person for the entire allied health team....Although Aging was written to meet the needs of students and clinicians in rehabilitation, it also would be a suitable read for anyone who cares or makes decisions for an older adult." -- Advance for LPNs, October 21, 2002"Although this text is written from the framework of the American health care system, it is relevant to practitioners in Canada as well. The case studies and examples that are shared are comprehensive and inclusive of various challenges faced by the elderly, those working in geriatrics, and the systems that support this work. This book offers a useful baseline for occupational therapists to use in their geriatric rehabilitation practice." -- Marie Nelson, Volume 70, Number 1, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 2003This classic textbook provides an interdisciplinary approach to the assessment and rehabilitative management of older persons. Clinically focused, it suggests strategies for implementing practical rehabilitation goals in a variety of care settings.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Barbara Jean Billek-Sawhney, PT, EdD, MS, GCS (Slippery Rock University)
Description: This book, now in its fourth-edition, serves as an entry-level book for rehabilitation professionals. It was originally published in 1985.
Purpose: It is intended as an introductory level book and covers a wide variety of topics from theories of aging to home care. The objectives are of importance for entry-level rehabilitation professionals such as occupational, physical, recreational, or speech therapists and nurses and other allied health professionals. Generally, the book does meet the objectives.
Audience: According to the author, the book is intended for practitioners and students in the area of geriatric rehabilitation. It would be useful for entry-level therapists, assistants, and allied-health professionals. The author is well recognized in the area of geriatric physical therapy.
Features: The 20 chapters are grouped into three different sections. It starts out with basic information on the theories and psychosocial aspects of aging. From there it addresses various physical aspects of aging from communication to sensory to musculoskeletal and other areas. The final section encompasses topics such as nutrition, pharmacotherapy, sexuality, Medicare documentation, clinical research, stress, among other topics. The chapter on musculoskeletal changes with age and clinical implications provides a comprehensive overview and includes interventions. Not addressed in this book, but of great importance in the healthcare challenge of aging, are the integumentary system and wounds, restraints, and vestibular concerns. Fall-risk assessment is touched upon only lightly. The case studies are well written and support the material discussed in the chapter.
Assessment: This book expands upon information presented in the former text. i.e., home care and intervention concepts for the institutionalized elderly. The book is of high quality but would be further enhanced by expanding on the discussion of certain areas and including the actual assessment tools. These include things like the mini-mental status examination, the Berg, the Timed up and Go, and the Functional Reach. In addition, images of how vision or pictures are distorted with sensory changes associated with various visual pathologies would enhance the readers' understanding of the visual impairment. Overall, the book is a valuable resource for entry-level rehabilitation professionals.
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New edition of a text that provides an interdisciplinary approach to the assessment and rehabilitative management of the elderly. With a focus upon the clinical aspects, the 20 chapters provide basic information about this age group and suggest ways to implement rehabilitation goals in a variety of care settings. Topics include theories of aging and the psychosocial and physiological dimensions, and related issues such as drugs, stress, sexuality, exercise, illness, and death and dying. New features include revisions that reflect the language of the APTA's Guide to Physical Therapy Practice, chapters on home healthcare and special considerations in a changing healthcare environment, case studies, alternative medications, standardized norms for musculoskeletal strength, and Medicare reimbursement issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
A textbook for students and practitioners working in geriatric rehabilitation who have a basic understanding of rehabilitation procedures. Chapters on theories and psychosocial aspects of aging, physical aspects such as daily activities and neurological processes, and external aspects such as medication, and sexuality, describe normal and pathological changes, followed by assessment and treatment modifications for the older patient. This third edition includes more information on Alzheimer's disease, new chapters on documentation and health care systems, plus chapter outlines and summaries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803608344
  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 394
  • Product dimensions: 7.13 (w) x 10.13 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Theories and Psychological Aspects of Aging

1. Theories of Aging

2. Psychosocial Aspects of Aging

Part 2: Physical Aspects of Aging

3. Activities of Daily Living

4. The Effects of Aging on Communication

5. Leisure Skills

6. The Changing Realm of the Senses

7. Musculoskeletal Changes with Age: Clinical Implications

8. Clinical Implications of Neurologic Changes During the Aging Process

9. Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation of the Geriatric Patient and Client

10. Implications of Oncology in Elderly Adults

11. Health Promotion for Elderly Clients

Part 3: External Aspects of Aging: The Current Status

12. Stress and Aging

13. Nutritional Rehabilitation and Elderly Individuals

14. Medication Management and Appropriate Substance Use for Elderly Individuals

15. Sexuality and Elderly Individuals

16. Working with the Dying Older Patient

17. Clinical Research in Geriatrics

18. Medicare Documentation: The Paperwork Challenge

19. Frail and Institutionalized Elderly Clients

20. Home Care


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