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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Amy J. Kratz, OTR/L(Creighton University)
Description: This book provides a current look at aging and its influence on an individual's ability to engage in activities of importance. This edition includes an expansion of several chapters from the previous 1994 edition and chapters on such issues as community-based care, theories on aging, wellness, sexuality, and driving.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate occupational therapists, physical therapists, and students about aging and its impact on functional performance and quality of life. Authors meet this purpose through inclusion of chapters related to normal aging as well as those related to specific interruptions in functional performance.
Audience: Students and professionals wishing to enhance their knowledge and increase skills for working with the elder population will enjoy reading this book. Thirty-three individuals from the fields of occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, speech-language pathology, and gerontology pool their expertise to inform healthcare professionals about the aging process and possible interventions. The extensive experience of authors working with the elder population enhances the depth and breadth of content covered in this book.
Features: Experts in geriatrics discuss 24 different topics of importance to this population. The book begins by familiarizing the reader with effects of normal aging on activities of the older adult. The second part of the book focuses on dysfunction and intervention concluding with how therapists deal with end of life issues. Chapters include helpful tables and diagrams as well as case studies and review questions to aid the reader in understanding content.
Assessment: The focus on function and activity of the older adult throughout this hook makes this a valuable resource for geriatric practitioners. With this second edition, readers receive the latest information and intervention strategies for working with the older adult. Information difficult to address with the elderly population such as sexuality and driving make this book an important resource for those working with older adults.