Ebersole and Hess' Gerontological Nursing & Healthy Aging / Edition 3

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Now in its third edition, this best-selling text continues its solid reputation for thorough coverage of gerontological nursing from a wellness perspective. Expert authors Theris Touhy and Kathleen Jett and a wealth of knowledge from their years of experience in gerontological nursing education and research and bring a fresh perspective to this completely updated new edition. This text facilitates the healthiest adaptation possible for any older adult, identifies potential problems that may occur, and suggests methods for addressing complications, alleviating discomfort, and helping older adults lead healthy lives.
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"The text is also well supported with a variety of student and academic resources, which can be accessed through the publisher’s website. Thus a particular strength of the book is that it can be used as the core component of a wide ranging and interactive learning experience. I consider this text valuable learning material for all nurses who work with older adults and I would particularly recommend it for undergraduate nursing students and postgraduate students specialising in the field." Nurse Education in Practice,November 2009

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323057011
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 3/30/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Section 1 Foundations of Healthy Aging

1 Introduction to Healthy Aging 1

Aging in the United States 1

Healthy, Wellness, and Aging 2

Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs 4

2 Gerontological Nursing History, Education, and Roles 9

Gerontological Nursing: Growth of a Specialty 10

Gerontological Nursing Education 15

Roles in Gerontological Nursing 16

Gerontological Nursing and Gerontology Organizations 21

3 Communicating with Elders 25

Communicating with Elders: General Principles 25

Communication with Elders with Neurological Disorders 33

Communication with Elders with Cognitive Impairment 36

The Life Story 38

4 Culture and Aging 48

The Gerontological Explosion 49

Health Disparities 49

Increasing Cultural Competence 49

5 Documentation for Optimal Care 61

Documentation 61

Documentation Across Health Care Settings 62

Section 2 Changes of Aging

6 Theories and Physical Changes of Aging 66

Biological Theories of Aging 67

Physical Changes that Accompany Aging 68

7 Social, Psychological, Spiritual, and Cognitive Aspects of Aging 84

Social, Psychological, Spiritual, and Cognitive Aspects of Aging 85

Life Span Development Approach 85

Types of Aging 85

Sociological Theories of Aging 86

Psychological Theories of Aging 88

Spirituality and Aging 90

Cognition and Aging 91

Learning in Late Life 95

8 Nutritional Needs 101

Nutrition and Aging 101

Factors Affecting Fulfillment of Nutritional Needs in Aging 104

Health Conditions Affecting Nutrition 114

Malnutrition 121

9 Fluids and Continence 130

Fluids 131

Continence 133

10 Rest, Sleep, and Activity 148

Rest and Sleep 148

Activity 156

11 Promoting Healthy Skin andFeet 163

Integument 163

Healthy Feet 174

12 Maintaining Mobility and Environmental Safety 179

Mobility, Safety, and Satisfaction 179

Falls and Risk Reduction 181

Environmental Safety 196

13 Assessment Tools in Gerontological Nursing 205

Assessment Tools in Gerontological Nursing 205

14 Safe Medication Use for Older Adults 219

Pharmacokinetics 220

Pharmacodynamics 223

Chronopharmacology 225

Medication Issues and Older Adults 226

Psychotropic Medications 232

Section 3 Coping With Chronic Disorders In Late Life

15 Living with Chronic Illness 239

Chronic Illness 239

Theoretical Frameworks for Chronic Illness 244

16 Pain and Comfort 259

Acute and Persistent Pain 261

17 Diabetes Mellitus 272

Diabetes 272

18 Bone and Joint Problems 281

Musculoskeletal System 281

Osteoporosis 282

Arthritis 285

19 Diseases Affecting Vision and Hearing 291

Diseases Affecting Vision 292

Diseases of the Ear 299

20 Cardiac and Respiratory Disorders 303

Cardiovascular Disorders 304

Respiratory Disorders 309

21 Cognitive Impairment 317

Overview of Cognitive Impairment 318

Overview of Dementia 328

Caregiving for Persons with Dementia 348

Section 4 Caring For Elders And Their Caregivers

22 Economic and Legal Issues 355

Social Security 356

Medicare and Medicaid 357

Care for Veterans 360

Long-Term Care Insurance 361

Legal Issues in Gerontological Nursing 362

Elder Mistreatment and Neglect 364

Appendix 22-A The National Elder Abuse Incidence Study 371

Appendix 22-B Abuse and Neglect Assessment 373

23 Relationships, Roles, and Transitions 374

Relationships, Roles, and Transitions 375

Families 375

Late Life Transitions 378

Caregiving 383

Intimacy and Sexuality 391

AIDS and the Elderly 400

24 Mental Health and Wellness in Late Life 406

Mental Health and Wellness in Late Life 407

Suicide 423

Substance Misuse and Alcohol Use Disorders 424

Appendix 24-A Depression Rating Scales 433

25 Loss, Grief, Dying, and Death in Late Life 434

Death and Dying 441

The Needs of the Dying and Their Families and Implications for Gerontological Nursing 442

Dying and the Nurse 444

Decision Making at End of Life 446

26 Care Across the Continum 450

Residential Options in Late Life 450

Improving Transitions Across the Continuum of Care 460

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