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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Heather Y. Lovelace, MSC, BHec (University of British Columbia)
Description: A core of knowledge regarding the older women's health is presented in this book to help women control the way they age and the speed of aging. The focus is on areas of exercise and nutrition that are strategic to promoting health while aging, and information for the practical implementation of the knowledge presented in the various sections is provided.
Purpose: The editor and contributors intend to help empower older women against biological degeneration and chronic disease. This includes providing learning materials to help change attitudes and imparting lifestyle recommendations that are linked to health and well being.
Audience: This book is intended for healthcare practitioners. In it a major contributor to knowledge about health in the elderly provides background knowledge in many areas for individuals with a generalist practice.
Features: Valuable basic information relating to older women's health is provided within the book, with a focus on nutrients related to the physiologic changes that occur with age. In the "integrating knowledge into health care section" the additional focus on exercise and the relationship between exercise, nutrition and chronic disease are conneted, providing for the practical implementation of knowledge. Within this section, the evaluation of health promotion claims is unique and practitioners will learn ways to evaluate the continuous flow of health claims that arise. The contributors to the nutrition assessment section provide limited knowledge of applying assessment techniques. However, the overall coverage is thorough and the editor provides many unique aspects and applications that will help individuals improve their health.
Assessment: This is a current, well referenced publication in the area of exercise and nutrition for the aging woman. The knowledge provided is beneficial to enhancing health status and practically implementing nutrition recommendations.