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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lori L. Popejoy, PhD, APRN, BC (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Description: The book offers a brief overview of issues related to aging, from theory or ideas about aging to end-of-life care.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide current evidence about geriatric nursing to practicing nurses. The book has no illustrations, and dense text with few useful tables. I found it difficult to use for the stated purpose.
Audience: It is written for practicing generalist nurses. Some of the chapters, such as the one on Medicare, are quite good, but overall, the organization of the book makes it difficult to use as a reference.
Features: The book covers a wide range of topics, including demographics of aging, the impact of healthcare policy on older adults, normal aging, pathology in aging, and ethical issues of aging. Other books cover the same topics more thoroughly and in a more user-friendly format.
Assessment: This book has limited utility for use in the practice setting. It may be useful for nurses who desire to teach themselves more about gerontological nursing, and are looking for book that is not so packed with information.