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Physical Change and Aging: A Guide for the Helping Professions, Fifth Edition
     

Physical Change and Aging: A Guide for the Helping Professions, Fifth Edition

by Sue V. Saxon, Mary Jean Etten, Elizabeth A. Perkins
 

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"[This book] has been honedÖinto an elegant compendium. This outstanding work should be widely read -- it is perhaps the best example of an integrative approach to gerontology." Score: 94, 4 stars

--Doody's

This book serves as an authoritative textbook and guide to the physical changes and common pathologies associated with the aging process,

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"[This book] has been honedÖinto an elegant compendium. This outstanding work should be widely read -- it is perhaps the best example of an integrative approach to gerontology." Score: 94, 4 stars

--Doody's

This book serves as an authoritative textbook and guide to the physical changes and common pathologies associated with the aging process, with special emphasis on the psychological and social implications of these changes in the lives of older adults. This fifth edition presents the newly available research findings that differentiate "normal" aging from actual pathology.

The authors provide a thoroughly updated and expanded review of important topics in aging, including death and grieving, complementary and alternative therapies, nutrition, exercise, and much more. The book also demonstrates how the elderly population can gain greater personal control over aging through lifestyle modifications and preventive health strategies.

Key topics introduced and discussed:

  • Psychosocial theories of aging
  • Changes and disorders in the skeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems
  • Dementia, delirium, and mild cognitive impairment
  • Aging in persons with lifelong disabilities

This volume serves as a comprehensive textbook for students studying to become health care professionals, and is also a fundamental resource for gerontologists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, rehabilitation specialists, clergy, and counselors.

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Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This multiauthored book discusses the changes of aging in the body, illnesses accompanying age, and how to manage and prevent these conditions. This is an update of the fourth edition, published in 2002.
Purpose: It is intended to explain aging and the diseases that accompany aging and what to do about them. The authors meet these objectives handsomely.
Audience: The audience includes a variety of helping professionals — gerontologists, nurses, psychologists, rehabilitation specialists, clergy, and counselors. An educated lay audience also can easily use this book. The authors are all experts in their fields.
Features: Introductory chapters on demography and theories of aging are followed by 12 chapters on aging and disease by organ system. Subsequent chapters cover health promotion and exercise, nutrition, complementary medicine, and medications. There are especially good chapters on aging with disabilities and teaching older adults, usually not founds in works like this. Concluding chapters discuss caregiving and end-of-life care. Two appendixes end the book: one on practical hints for improving safety of older adults and one on useful resources, followed by an excellent glossary and a most useful index.
Assessment: This is an excellent book from start to finish. It has been honed through four previous editions into an elegant compendium. Perhaps no other source can describe in the same breath normal skin changes with age, diseases of the skin, and the psychosocial meaning of the skin. This book is not so technical that it requires a medical degree to understand it, yet it is not afraid to describe in most useful terms a number of common diseases facing older persons. Rehabilitation and prevention are emphasized throughout. The appendixes, glossary, and index add to its value. This outstanding work should be widely read — it is perhaps the best example of an integrative approach to gerontology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826104472
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/09/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Sue V. Saxon, PhD, is professor emeritus at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida. She received her PhD in developmental psychology and counseling from Florida State University and pursued additional graduate work in physiological psychology at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Saxon was a research psychologist for the National Institutes of Health and for the Laboratory of Perinatal Physiology at the University of Puerto Rico Medical School, before joining the faculty in behavioral sciences at the University of South Florida. As a charter faculty member in the Aging Studies program, she has developed and taught numerous courses in aging as well as presented workshops, given in-service training, and authored a number of books and book chapters on aging. She has been designated a Gerontological Pioneer for outstanding achievement and exemplary contributions to the field of gerontology by the Southern Gerontological Society.


Mary Jean Etten, EdD, GNP, CMP, FT, has been tenured full professor in the College of Nursing at St. Petersburg College, where she taught nursing, gerontology, and thanatology and developed an innovative curriculum teaching hospice care to nurses. She is currently an adjunct lecturer in thanatology in the School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida. Dr. Etten received her doctoral degree in education from Nova Southeastern University and master's degrees in gerontology, counseling, and nursing from the University of South Florida. Dr. Etten is also a gerontological nurse practitioner. She is a fellow in thanatology and is board certified as a music practitioner. She has authored several books and manuals, as well as journal articles. She was a founder of Suncoast Hospice in 1978 and has remained on its boards for more than 35 years. In 2012 a building at Suncoast Hospice was dedicated in her honor. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2013.


Elizabeth A. Perkins, PhD, RNMH, FAAIDD, is a research assistant professor and associate director of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities – a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities – at the University of South Florida (USF). She has a PhD in aging studies from the School of Aging Studies at USF. Dr. Perkins is also an RNMH (a registered nurse in the field of developmental disabilities) who trained at the Hereford and Worcestershire College of Nursing and Midwifery in England. She has published numerous journal articles and was recently the guest editor of the Special Issue on Aging and End-of-Life for the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Perkins is a fellow and current member of the Board of Directors of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), and has previously served as the Gerontology Division president for AAIDD and co-convener of the Special Interest Group on Lifelong Disabilities for the Gerontological Society of America.

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