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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Susan D. Spooner-Holland, MSN, RN, GNP (Northwestern State University)
Description: This book describes myths regarding aging and provides thought-provoking ideas regarding aging theories.
Purpose: The purpose is to explore developmental patterns of aging. The author begins by discussing current theories and empirical findings together. The qualitative research is discussed as well as practical implications for the theory. The appendix contains exercises to facilitate personal development toward gerotranscendence.
Audience: According to the author, the book was written for all practitioners. Practitioners as well as other readers can derive benefit from reading this book. The author is a nationally known speaker and expert in this field.
Features: The book covers current theories of aging, myths, current research, and the framework for the gerotranscendence theory, a developmental theory of positive aging. I especially appreciate the ease with which one can read and understand the book. The information is delivered in a thought provoking manner and encourages the reader to question ideas they may have about aging.
Assessment: This is a useful tool for the practice of geriatrics. The book provides a basis for further study and encourages readers to grow to understand themselves and older people in a new light.