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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Giridhar G. Reddy, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a text covering the issue of guardianship of the elderly. The editors and various contributors include prominent geriatric psychiatrists, psychologists, attorneys, and judges from around the United States.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a basic explanation of guardianship of elderly persons and the process by which it takes place.
Audience: The audience includes geriatric psychiatrists, psychologists, attorneys, and judges.
Features: References are adequate and up-to-date. Appropriate case examples are used to illustrate the text
Assessment: With the increasing number of older adults in the United States, issues like guardianship will be encountered more frequently. An elderly person is placed under guardianship due to loss of basic capacities, such as the ability to make decisions. The process involves various disciplines including the health profession, the judiciary system, social services, and nursing homes. This book deals with this often-difficult area in an easy to read manner. It covers comprehensively all the fundamental issues that underlie and define guardianship as well as the major problems inherent in the guardianship of the elderly. Lastly, the editors emphasize that the providing guardianship to the elderly must be applied as humanely as possible.